This is an email from Words to the Fearless, a newsletter by Fearless She Wrote.
Fearless She Wrote Newsletter
Welcome to June, Fearless readers and writers.
While we generally try to keep our newsletters light and positive, we cannot go on with business as usual.
To our POC readers and writers:
We are not going to waste your time by telling you about our feelings and thoughts. We want you to know that while we will never understand the pain you’re dealing with, we see you. We love you. We’re here to listen. We’re committed to fighting alongside you. We’re committed to doing better.
To our white writers:
We understand that everyone is angry and currently reflecting upon their own experiences with race and law enforcement. However, we ask that you please refrain from submitting stories about your experiences with law enforcement and race relations, and how they differ from those of our African American brothers and sisters. We must not make this about us. This is the space and time for POC to tell of their experiences. It’s not our turn to discuss our personal experiences on these issues. It’s our time to sit, listen, and learn.
To our white readers and writers:
This is a call to action. This world of violence and hatred cannot be the future, and we’ve allowed ourselves to remain on the sidelines for far too long. We inhabit a space in this world that allows us to ask probing questions of the powers-that-be. We can demand reform. We can demand accountability. We can vote hatred out of office. We can do all of this without being fearful for our lives, and so we must.
We can listen to BIPOC and commit ourselves to understanding their experiences — at times of their choosing — keeping in mind that constantly asking those to relive their experiences with racism and oppression can trigger past (and current) traumas. It’s up to us to learn what we need to learn; we cannot expect those who live through racist experiences daily to do this emotional labor for us.
Below, we’ve included educational resources for those who want to learn more about how to be anti-racist, and we’ve also included a list of organizations that could use your support.
Books to read for more information and understanding:
Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikka Kendall
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
Many of these books are sold out right now — which is great. If you have a Kindle or Nook, many electronic versions are available, or, you can check your local library. Additionally, at many bookstores, you can still put your name on a list to be notified when the book is in stock, or, once you buy it, it will ship to you when more copies come in.
Where to Donate:
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