Black Lives Matter

I said this on social media and I’ll say it here: I’m not sure how helpful a cartoon is right now, but we need change.

I’m here to listen. I’m here to support.

One idea: READ. Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi is the author of “How to Be an Antiracist” and the co-author of “Stamped:Racism, Antiracism, and You” (written with Jason Reynolds). He also wrote a New York Times article that appears on May 29, 2019, titled “An Antiracist Reading List.”

Here’s what he said: “To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books. Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us to confront our self-serving beliefs and make us aware that ‘I’m not racist’ is a slogan of denial.”

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6 comments

  1. Thank you so much Adrienne – the cartoon signposts are just what I want to see on all our roads, both cartoon and ‘real’ world, and passing along the helpful advice from Dr. Kendi was a wonderful gesture. I appreciate all the times your work makes me smile and for taking the time to help me stop and think too. BLM!

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  2. Thank you for this post. I really appreciate the reading list. It is so important that we continue to learn where are are wrong and how we can improve.

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