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I want to talk about being an ally to #blacklivesmatter today. ▪️ I’d rather give space to Black voices who have already been speaking much more thoughtfully and eloquently than I can ever hope to manage. But I also want to be an ally which means being visible and vocal about it. ▪️ If you’re not sure where to start offering support: -Listen to Black voices -Amplify Black voices -Donate to reputable organizations including local bail funds (if your local bail fund doesn’t need donations they may direct you to organizations that do) -If you are protesting be as safe as you can be and make sure you know who is organizing the protest (some bad actors are seizing on this chance to create even more violence under the guise of protest and you don’t want to be party to that) -Educate yourself Read news articles, listen to Black voices and what they choose to share (don’t ask for more from them), and read up online. If you’re looking for books, start with: -Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates -This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurelia Durand -Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped is a young readers edition Kendi worked on with Jason Reynolds) -How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi -So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo -Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad For fiction titles start with: -Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles -Representative John Lewis’ March Trilogy -How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon -Slay by Brittney Morris -A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee -All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely -Dear Martin by Nic Stone -The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas -American Street by Ibi Zoboi ▪️ If you have other ways to be an ally or other titles you’d consider essential, leave them in the comments.
How My Week Went:
This week has been hard. If you are participating in Black Lives Matter protests, please be as safe as you can be. If you are able to, please donate. If you are trying to offer support, educate yourself and start reading.
I’ve been doing a lot of readers advisory work this week tabulating resources to share at my library. I have a lot of holds to place for my own reading, too.
This week I also did an audit of all of the virtual work I’ve done since quarantine started (I can’t believe it’s been twelve weeks). I went through my calendar, reviewed sent emails and messages on Slack to make an itemized list of everything I’ve done and collect relevant links and photos for things that were shared out. It was interesting to remember everything I had worked on since it’s been such a long time since we’ve had regular work days and it was valuable to remember that even though it feels like I haven’t been doing much that is patently untrue. If you’ve been working from home, I recommend doing your own work audit.