I have been thinking about this Bookworm for a few days now. I have writing it over and over again in my head. When I left the house this morning I told my family that this one might get me fired, and if not, it will surely draw complaints. So with that frightening note, I want to remind you that these are my words.
I am sick about what is going on. I am at a loss on what to say, words that have been repeated again and again just don’t seem to cut it.
If you think there is not a problem, you are so wrong. This week I overheard 2 things that I don’t want to repeat, but I think it is necessary. 1. “Why are they so upset, they fired the guy.” 2. “We have black people here, but they are good black/white people.”
1. “They”, WE are upset because this continues to happen. 2. If you think adding “white” to describe someone makes them better in some way, then you suck. Yep, I struggled with how to finish that sentence and that was the nicest thing I could come up with.
“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After King said this he followed it with a rhetorical question, “What is it that America has failed to hear?” Hmmm, this was said in 1967 and deaf ears still prevail. Shame on us.
The only upside of this, the people who are listening. To the momma who messaged me and asked for books to share with her children, I am moved by your love for all and that you know how important your role is for your boys. I have talked about using books to learn about others over and over again. It starts at home. It starts the day you bring your baby home.
“Representation matters: Exposure to different people and beliefs encourages empathy, acceptance, and perspective-taking. When you encourage diversity in your children’s books early, you facilitate their social-emotional intelligence.” – Alyson Aadro – Business Insider
The library has books for all of us. Books that my sweet momma friend realizes are vital.
I have so many more things to say, more arguments to be made, more calling out to do, but I have decided to go a different route, with this disclosure, “this is not a cop problem, this is a human race problem.”
“The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014.”
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