Late May I planned to blog about change, what’s normal and what to expect during our economic ruination and pandemic grief. Then the horrible murder of George Floyd occurred which prompted protests. I’ve been paralyzed by it all. More grief and it’s viscerally palpable. I didn’t know what to do, to say or how to be. I sank into grieving.
This past week, I’ve spent time engaging in open honest and often gut-wrenching conversations, watching, reading and listening. I’m white person of privilege and it’s time to stand up and show up.
I’ve always been about inclusive equality for all but in a nice white liberal way. It’s time to step out and step up. Checking my racial biases and educate myself and others. I have amazing smart talented clients of all races and ethnicities, I own them to be truly anti-racist. I owe them taking action.
This is a critical time for us to wake up and show up. We’re at the summit of massive potential for positive global change. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Here’s a list I’ve used to educate myself. I know there’s more to learn and lots more to listen to.
If you’re willing, educate yourself and others. Check these out.
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- 20 Actions White people & non-Black POCs in Corporate (and otherwise) can take to show up for Black People right now
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Anti-Racism Resources.co – loads of resources – books, media, podcasts, etc.
- Bystander Intervention – What to do when you witness something happening.
- Just Mercy – original book written by Bryan Stevenson
- Slavery by Another Name, PBS Documentary
- 13th, Directed by Ava DuVernay
- White Fragility – Robin Diangelo\White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Phd
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the making of American Capitalism, by Edward Baptist
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- How to be Antiracist – Ibram X. Keni
- So you want to talk about race – Ijeoma Oluo
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
As I’ve stated in my previous blogs, hope we move into the next chapter of life as a global community mindfully keeping the good and rejecting negative. This is a time for change.
If you’re offended, don’t agree with me that’s your right - I wish you the best. I’m willing to engage in open conversation with people who are respectful and open minded.
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Teresa – Uncovering my racial biases, learning and listening
Teresa Q. Bitner, M.Ed., PMP, ACC - Resiliency, Change and Loss Coach
Partnering with those who have been knocked down my life and want to build resiliency and move forward and live a bold life.
Author of Soul Love: How A Dog Taught Me to Breathe Again