Living in America, my heart is heavy. Words are inadequate.

The majority of this community is white women. Many white women are waking up to the fact that we need to do and be more.

As a white woman of privilege, I’ve done too little. Been too complacent and ignorant. Racism is a virus that has infected all of us and we each need to take responsibility to heal ourselves and our world. 

While I’m usually a teacher, right now, it’s my job to be a student. A student of racial injustice and a student of the inner racist within me. 

Here are two books I’m reading to educate myself:

There are many people of color who have been doing this work for a long time and I’d like to use this platform to elevate your voices.

Listen. Learn. Amplify Black voices.

Google names like: Angela Davis, Mary Church Terrell, Florynce Kennedy, Fannie Lou Hammer.

Trevor Noah: George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice

Crash Course in Anti-Racism from @austinchanning on Instagram shared:

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

James Baldwin

Take Action: Sign petitions and donate.

@rachel.cargle has a formula on Instagram for Revolution = Knowledge + Empathy + Action.

@mireillecharper shared 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship on Instagram (Instagram link)

The list above barely scratches the surface. If you have other resources, please share them in the comments BELOW.

To all the people of color in this community, I see you. I love you. I’m grateful you’re here. I’m holding you and your families and communities in love and light. It’s not your job or obligation to educate us on racism, it’s up to each of us. If you have a specific idea or request for support, please let us know.

We have work to do, all of us, together.

Here’s my new Commitment Statement:

(learn how to make your own HERE)

I commit to compassionately acknowledging and transforming my own inner racism and white privilege, and joyfully being an anti-racist ally.

May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings live with comfort and ease. May all beings be at peace. May all beings be held in loving kindness.

May you be extra kind and loving to yourself today as you move through the world. 

With love,

Vanessa

Photo Credit:   Aarón Blanco Tejedor

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