Some important reading re: current affairs

My heart continues to break for Alton Sterling's and Philando Castile's families as well as for those of the policemen slain in Dallas. This violence is shattering, shredding the fabric of families, communities and our country. 

On Thursday, I spoke to the boys about the situation. We had a very frank conversation about racism and privilege, and I told them how important it was to always stand up for what is right. We each have a voice, and while using it sometimes feels scary or like a drop in a huge ocean, it is important to speak up and speak out. Silence is not and never will be a way forward.

I have read a number of profound, wrenching, beautiful, important articles and essays in recent days and wanted to share some links in case you too are trying to further educate yourself about racism, white privilege, police violence, what whites can and need to do, the #blacklivesmatter versus #alllivesmatter debate I see going on, and so forth. 

Walking While Black by Garnette Cadogan

28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors from Odin's Blog

Mapping Police Violence

This short video that asks a very simple question and silences the crowd.

The Problem With Saying 'All Lives Matter' by Tyler Huckabee

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read by Crystal Paul

Micah Johnson is the Making of America's Own Racist Creation by Shaun King