Books, Quotes

Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere – A #BlackLivesMatter Anti-Racism Book List …

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
— Martin Luther King, Jr from A Testament of Hope – The American Dream

As a product of my culture, my racial illiteracy has rested on a simplistic definition of a racist: an individual who consciously does not like people based on race and is intentionally hurtful to them. Based on this definition, racists are purposely mean. It follows that nice people with good intentions who are friendly to people of a different race cannot be racist. Not only does this definition hide the structural nature of racism, it also enables self-delusion: If I am a nice person with good intentions I am free of all racial bias and cannot participate in racism.
— Robin DiAngelo from White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.
— Jimmy Carter from Nobel Lecture after receiving the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize in the Oslo City

We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
— From the Elders of the Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 2000

#BlackLiveMatter Booklist

How to Be an Antiracist

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

White Rage

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

The Book of Negroes: A Novel

Homegoing: A Novel

Born a Crime

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage

Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

See Also:

Disturb Us O Lord – A Prayer by Desmond Tutu

We Are Bound Together For A Common Purpose

Love Recognizes No Barriers

I Have Decided To Love

You Will Not Have My Hate

We Are In The Process Of Becoming

This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacher

I Just Want To Do Love Right

“Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool of healing. It is often through the quality of our listening and not the wisdom of our words that we are able to effect the most profound changes in the people around us. When we listen, we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness. Our listening creates sanctuary for the homeless parts within the other person. That which has been denied, unloved, devalued by themselves and others. That which is hidden.”

Rachel Naomi Remen from Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal
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