Black Lives Matter Follow Up

by Lauri

Two weeks ago I said I would be curious and listen. Here’s some of what I’ve learned and heard so far … as well as what I’m committed to doing. 

  1. Many BIPOC in my life have said “We’re tired.” 
  2. They’re tired from having fought racism their entire lives. They are also tired of being asked to educate white people. 
  3. We (white people) need to educate ourselves. 

Below are a few of the resources that I’ve found or that others have shared with me. I’m working my way through them to educate myself, and I’m sure these will lead me to more. If you are white, I invite you to join me. If you are BIPOC, I see you, I hear you, I stand with you. 

Trying to solve racism like a superhero is inefficient. It’s also doomed to fail.

Combatting systemic racism is a marathon and not a sprint.

Combatting systemic racism needs to become part of a life-long process. 

I am making a lifelong commitment to do my part to dismantle systemic racism. That commitment includes working to understand, in a deep and embodied way, how white privilege and white fragility impact me, how I’ve benefitted (knowingly and unknowingly) from my whiteness, what that means for people who do not receive that same benefit, and how I can do my part to help dismantle the centuries-old system of oppression.

This will not be comfortable. It will not be easy. And I am doing it because I know, in my heart and soul, that it is the right thing to do.

What will you commit to?

With passion & love,
Lauri

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