A good number of my closest friends are black and they have taught me so much about race over the many years we’ve been friends. Despite our very personal and open conversations, I will never know what it’s like to be black in America. Still, I try my best. I want to understand. I care deeply that all people, everywhere have equal opportunities and resources to build a happy, healthy, and productive life.
Race issues are human issues, and we all bear responsibility for them. In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to further educate myself on the history and state of race and I found the sources below powerful and necessary. I highly recommend them to everyone regardless of your politics, race, or beliefs. As a white person, they were often difficult for me to read and hear. And then I thought of my friends, my neighbors (I live in a predominantly black neighborhood), and the black community in America, and how much they have endured and fought against for far too long. If they have the courage to live these stories, then good god the least I can do is listen and learn.
My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What Donald Trump Doesn’t Know About Black People by Michael Eric Dyson
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – working my way through this and it’s wonderful!
Loving (movie) by Focus Features
The National Museum of African American History and Culture – I’m going later this week and can’t wait to share my experience with you!
The New York Times‘ Race/Related newsletter
Every Tone a Testimony – 59 tracks of voices in music, oratory, poetry, and prose by historically renowned African American musicians, writers, and activists