June 8, 2020

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

I don’t normally post about current events on my blog. The last time I posted about anything happening in the world was when Trump was elected. In that post, I swore that I would no longer sit back and let others do the work. And I meant it.

I doesn’t feel right for me to go back to regular blogging without talking about the events of the past two weeks. When it comes to racism, I never thought I had to do anything because I am not racist. The past weeks have opened up my eyes to all of the work that I can and need to do, and all the ways that I have fallen short, especially now that I have M.

I am also not sure if this blog post is even appropriate because none of this is about me. I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I am doing because it seems performative to do so. But I wanted to just share a few things that I am doing because they are so simple that anyone can do them. And I think it’s important for people to see and know that.

First, I am reading and learning. I went through M’s library. I considered it to be diverse because we have books like A is for Activist and This Little Trailblazer, but we only had two books that featured Black people as the main character. I went online and ordered a bunch of books for her. It was important to me to choose books that are simply regular stories that feature characters from different races as the main character. I used the Instagram accounts @thetinyactivists @hereweread @mahagonybooks and @blackbabybooks to get ideas.

I bought some of them from a Black-owned bookstore in DC, Mahogany Books, and I have been trying to figure out how I can better support Black-owned businesses. Exposing her to diversity at a young age, I think, is really important. I thought that I was doing enough, but when I looked around, I realized I wasn’t.

My friends from my mom’s group and I created an anti-racist book club. We are specifically focusing on parenting and racism.

I became a Patreon of @theconsciouskid because I have already learned so much from their work and because I believe recurring donations are essential. They have so many articles and resources. They also have an option to give $1 per month – with access to everything – if you truly cannot afford more because they want their resources to be accessible to everyone.

Writing this all out seems so inadequate, but it’s a start. This is not about me and I am really just sharing these things because I want you to know that if you don’t know where to start, you can start anywhere. A few accounts that I started following are @diversespines @ckyourprivilege @antiracismctr @ibramxk @privtoprog @blklivesmatter @ibramxk and @booksfordiversity.

It’s time for change. I hope to do better, to make better choices, and to raise M to do better. Lives are depending on it.

2 responses to “Black Lives Matter”

  1. Nadine says:

    Like you, I never really thought about racism because I treat everyone one the same. I have definitely had my eyes opened the last few weeks to see that there is so much more to it than that.

  2. Audrey says:

    Thank you for the resources, Carolann. I think this is a wonderful start. I’m trying to do better for me and M, too. <3

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