The first step for me in educating myself about racism has been reading. Here are some of the books I’ve found helpful (These links go to bookshop.org, a website that provides the same two-day shipping as Amazon but splits its profits with indie bookstores. But consider ordering from a black-owned bookstore in your area.):
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Donnie is also reading The Best Short Stories by Black Writers 1899–1967 collected by Langston Hughes.
This is one version of the “Blue Eye, Brown Eye” talk Jane Elliott gives. Others are available on YouTube, as well.
We’ve made donations to the following organizations:
- Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (no longer taking donations, but provides a list of where else to donate)
- GoFundMe in Memory of Tony McDade
- Reclaim the Block (no longer taking donations, but provides a list of where else to donate)
- Black Visions Collective (no longer taking donations, but provides a list of where else to donate)
- North Star Health Collective (no longer taking donations, but provides a list of where else to donate)
- Black Lives Matter
- Okra Project Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Funds
Donnie also wants to promote the work of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, where you can specify that your donation go directly toward their POC initiatives.
We can’t wait until we’re no longer in self-isolation to go check out Natty Garden in Brooklyn.