Afterthought #35 – Adding to the Reading List

This last blog entry for the month (and the year!) is an Afterthought to my previous post, To Become a White Ally, about things that white people can do now to end racism.

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Thank you to Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for another title to add to diversify my reading – Citizen by Claudia Rankine.   This new collection of poems, essays, and images is described as a testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race,” society.

Until I receive a copy of the book, I’ll read (and listen to Rankine read) one of the poems, “You are in the dark, in the car…”  I hope you’ll join me.

2 thoughts on “Afterthought #35 – Adding to the Reading List

  1. “…being locked in and coded on a cellular level”–that’s us. That is we Americans. And until we figure it out, not much will change. Connections like this one help. I wish I could share this with students; maybe I’ll pass it on to some friends still in the classroom.

    1. I hope you will pass this on to teacher friends, Gretchen. This reading is opening my eyes to how ingrained racism is; I hope that’s a first step (or at least A step) toward change. I have much to learn.

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