While we are taking a break from the Wednesday night discussions, summer is a great time for reading as a way to expand your understanding of America’s history of racism. Check out the list below for books, articles and video recommendations. Some thoughts to ponder, as additional understanding of events and changing opinions can surface while we learn…
You Have a Choice!
It’s no accident that:
You learned about Helen Keller instead of W.E.B. DuBois.
You learned about the Watts and L. A. riots, but not Tulsa or Wilmington.
You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.
You learned about black ghettos, but not Black Wall Street.
You learned about the New Deal, but not “Red lining.”
You learned about Tommy Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the
next day and stripped of his medals.
You learned about “black crime” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.
You learned about “states rights” as the cause of the Civil War, but not that slavery was mentioned 80 times in the articles of secession.
Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.
Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.
You have a choice.