This video is a call to action for my white friends. My friends of color have to live each day in a country that was built on racism. My friends of color are tired, exhausted, fearful, weary, and just plain done. My friends of color need co-conspirators in this work. Take about 10 minutes of your time, listen closely, and do the work.
The words in this video share what I have learned from others over the past 12 years or so. Therefore, I need to thank those that have been present in my life either in person or via reading that have shaped my thinking about diversity, equity and inclusion – specifically thinking about racism in our country. Thank you to the following: Dr. Stephanie Carter, Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, Dr. Pat Payne, Cornelius Minor, Kass Minor, Sara Ahmed, Dr. Erica Rivera-Buchanan, our Noblesville Diversity Coalition team, those at the Racial Equity Institute, and everyone who contributes to Teaching Tolerance. Additionally, learning from the works of bell hooks, Dr. Bettina Love, Dr. Paul Gorski, Dolly Chugh, Dr. Ibram X Kendi, Ijeoma Olou, Bryan Stevenson, Michele Obama, and more. I know that I have not mentioned everyone because so many have influenced me.
Now, a few resources to help you do the work…
- The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomu Olou
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi
- We Want to Do More than Survive Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- We Got This by Cornelius Minor
- Scene on Radio Podcast: Seeing Whiteness Series
There are so many resources out there. Look them up. Then, think about what you can do to make a difference.