It’s Martin Luther King Day.
You don’t need to hear from me today, or any other day, really—when it comes to the issue of racism and injustice in America. There is no shortage of white voices in mainstream media. There is nothing I can possibly say that hasn’t already been said. What we need are new ears. We need megaphones to shatter the silence and awaken us from the false sense of equality that lulls us to sleep in white, middle-class America. We need new hearts, broken wide open and uncomfortable.
So if I have a small audience and a platform of any kind, let me use it today to uplift the message of those whose stories I can not tell. If just one person reads this post, clicks on one of the links below and begins the day tomorrow with new eyes, more willing to see what is not easy to look at in ourselves and our communities, then I will have met my goal.
But more importantly, if you don’t agree with me—and especially if you’re annoyed by this post—please don’t go away quietly. Let’s talk, for real. Comment below. Yell at me if you need to. Find me on social media. Email me, call me, send me a smoke signal or grab me by the sleeve the next time we cross paths on the sidewalk. I want to understand. I want to learn. And I’m ready to listen. – @PamelaTuros
We Need To Talk About An Injustice : TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Author of Just Mercy – the next book you absolutely need to read.
The N-Word Project : A powerful, interactive video project from Washington Post, prompting each of us to look at how we think and feel about race and language.
What if I Died That Night? : Blog post, where one of my favorite people shares the true story of what happens when black people get pulled over. Quick poll for my white friends: Have you ever been taken into the back of a police car during a routine speeding violation?
Honoring MLK: A Call to Action : Blog post, by Erica Merrit, Cleveland writer, facilitator, educator, advocate and conversation starter at SheInTheCle.com
Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions : Article by Harvard professor, Sendhill Mullainathan, discussing “fast thinking” – possibly the most insidious and damaging of all racist mindsets in today’s culture. It’s much easier to call out an overt bigot than it might be to point the finger at ourselves.