Friday Five – June 5, 2020

If anything has become clear to me in these last few weeks, it’s that I have a lot of work to do. I’ve been ignorant and asleep to racial and social injustices for far too long. I’m committed to listening and learning so I can show up better for BIPOC communities and be a part of the change.

Some things that moved me and helped open my eyes this week:

What I’m listening to:

10% Happier Podcast: #252 “You Can’t Meditate This Away” (Race, Rage, and the Responsibilities of Meditators) with Sebene Selassie

10% Happier Podcast: #253 An Uncomfortable (But Meaningful) Conversation About Race | Lama Rod Owens

1619 Podcast by the New York Times

What I’m watching:

13th on Netflix

Just Mercy on Amazon Prime (Warner Brothers made this free to rent right now).

Dear White People on Netflix

What I’m reading:

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi for The Atlantic

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Dear White Women by Rachel Cargle

Who I’m learning from:

Through Instagram I’ve discovered these wonderful women – authors, teachers, speakers, activists, facilitators – and I’m grateful for their tireless work and guidance.

Rachel Ricketts  

Rachel Cargle

Layla F. Saad

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Jenna Arnold

Quote I’m pondering:

“Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.” ― Audre Lorde


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