It feels wrong to be writing about anything else other than the black lives matter movement at the moment. I wrote a very personal piece about the racism that I have personally endured over my lifetime on my private page and for the most part, my friends were surprised at what I had endured, and, they were very loving and supportive and sorry. I felt the need to share my experiences because it was something that I had silently put up with, brushed aside, tried to ignore, and that’s why none of my friends knew the extent of what I have endured, or what my children have endured. I chose to keep quiet about it because I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. I didn’t want to cause trouble, or make matters worse. I put up and shut up. But, it’s time now for me to share my experiences and to share other people’s experiences and to share about how we can create change. None of this is meant to make anyone feel guilty, or to get sympathy, or to draw attention to myself, it’s simply for the sake of creating awareness.
If any of this makes you feel uncomfortable, I invite you to look into why you feel uncomfortable. Also, there’s a lot of information available for people to read, watch or listen to if they want to understand why they are feeling so hurt or defensive, or, who want to really understand what this is all about.
Some Book Suggestions
White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo
How to be an Anti Racist by Ibram X Kendi
Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
They Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Some Podcast Suggestions
Fare of the Free Child Podcast
1619 (New York Times)
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Some shows you can watch
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
The Hate You Give (Cinemax)
When They See Us (Netflix)
If you want to do something to help, you can donate to the many organisations out there that are working tirelessly to help bring about change, to create awareness and to bail out protestors.
Quick update about how this is going. Scales are going downwards, and I feel a bit lighter which is good. I didn’t go walking last night! My husband made his yummy spaghetti bolognese, and, I made myself Moussaka with the leftover eggplant and lentil dish I made the other day. It was scrumptious. I made too much, so I’ll be having it for dinner tonight and probably tomorrow night too!
I had the call with my editor friend yesterday afternoon and exciting things are happening! I’ve sent her part one of my book, I have to knuckle down today and fix up the mess which is part 2 and send it to her so she can start the editing process…and, I learned that she is starting a publishing company of her own and, my book is going to be the first to be published by her company!! I’m excited beyond words.
Despite everything that is going on in the world, with the virus and what’s happening in America and other atrocities around the world that we’re not even hearing about, remember that most humans are just filled with immense love in their hearts for each other. That’s the natural human state and together, if we go forward with kindness and listen and speak with kindness and love, the human spirit will prevail and peace will follow and all people will have equality. That’s what I’m praying for and working towards.
I’ll be back tomorrow.
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