I am still ( forever ) learning .
Below are a few resources I find incredibly helpful on my journey as a lifelong learner. I continue to update, add to, and revisit these works as I grow in the practice of opening my mind and heart to the stories, lives, perspectives, and embodied experiences of others.
This scholarly article, written by Peggy McIntosh and provided by Westminster College, was the first resource that ever unpacked the concept of white privilege in a palatable way I could completely understand. I refer back to it often as a practice to keep myself grounded and reminded that the “invisible knapsack” of my privilege is still with me and still needs to be fought against.
image credit Mon Levchoka
In this article, Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains the concept of white fragility in a way that is thorough yet easy to understand. This concept is explored in-depth in her brilliant book “White Fragility,” which is available on Amazon and I highly recommend it.
image credit Billy Kidd
Through the intimate story of Clyde Ross, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the master of words and prolific prophet of the Black experience in America, makes the case for reparations. This Article in the Atlantic is one of the most breathtaking arguments on the narrative of Black life and Black history in America, weaving story poetically together with historical context and logical reason. I highly recommend listening to it, as well as reading it, as the voice brings the piece to life even more.
image credit Carlos Javier Ortiz
In her NYTimes article, Claudia Rankine writes about her experience as a Black mother of a Black son, and draws comparisons to Emmet Till’s mother and the other mothers living in fear of losing their Black children to racist violence.
image credit: Mamie Till Mobley at the funeral of her son, Emmett Till, in Chicago in September 1955. Chicago Sun-Times/Associated Press
In this New York Times article, Lori L. Tharps makes a dignified and well-reasoned case for capitalizing the B in Black. Her perspective has shifted my own and influenced the way I write, especially when writing about my whiteness and about my Black son.
image “Kentucky Flood” by Margaret Bourke-White
“Look at me. Listen to me. Try to understand my struggle against your racism.” Words shared by Gordon Parks before he shared the images of “A Harlem Family” in the pages of LIFE Magazine. This Article and its breathtaking imagery shares Parks’ honest perspective and the hope for re-humanizing the Black people in his photographs in the light of white folks.
image by Gordon Parks
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting created a multiple part series on Race in America’s Civil Rights years titled, “Eyes on the Prize”. Below is the series in its entirety. If you haven’t watched it, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is the education most white children were denied and, with the entire documentary divided one hour segments you can work your way through it as slowly as you like.