Resources for BEING the Change We Want to See in the World

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

~ John 15:12

We all say we want to change. It’s easy to post memes about change, share pictures of other people being involved, and to follow the latest trending hashtag about change. Those are the easy steps. Those make us feel (and look) good.

But then the news cycles into the next big story, and our attention span switches to something else. Anything else.

Except that for those actually NEEDING the change to occur. Their attention span can’t switch from their everyday reality. Cute memes and shared posts don’t bring much change to their daily lives.

“Be the change you want to see in the world,’ by Mahatma Gandhi, is one of our favorite quotes. It’s one of those shared memes. We feel better when we share that quote. It adds a mental checkmark to our List of Ways to Feel (and Look) Better On Social Media.

But here at Evy’s Tree, we don’t want to just post memes or hashtag our social guilt away. We are sickened at the poison that threatens our family, friends, and the ET community of women that we have worked hard to lift up and empower over the years of our existence. Another cutesy quote that actually applies here is the one about how you’re only as strong as your weakest link. Well, if some of our community of ladies are weakened, threatened, marginalized or discounted, then we are all weakened. Lately at ET we have paused all of our much-needed sales (we are a business after all), to focus on a much more needed topic; actually DOING something to BE the change we all want to see in our world.

We reached out to black women in our sphere to gather some helpful resources that will help us all challenge ourselves and educate not only ourselves, but our children. These women live the truth of racism, and friends, if we really truly care about shaping the next generation and improving our country, our charge right now is to listen, get uncomfortable, and learn. America CAN be better, do better, treat each other better. It will take us, fellow ET ladies, but we can do it. We HAVE to do it.

Start here.

 

Adult Books: 

Just Mercy: A Story of Mercy and Redemption

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

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.

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

Between the World & Me

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

 

Podcast/Shows: 

13th (Netflix)

When They See Us (Netflix)

Just Mercy (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

Pod for the Cause

Code Switch

Pod Save the People 

White Homework (language)

A Therapist Walks into a Bar: Episode 1 – Seeing White (language)

 

Books for Kids

A Kids Book About Racism 

We’re Different, We’re the Same

The Day You Begin

All Are Welcome

 

Books for young adults

A Good Kind of Trouble

Ghost Boys

Dear Martin

All-American Boys

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

 

Where to donate: 

https://girlsforachange.org/ – Girls for Change 

https://ncbwinclac.org/ – National Congress of Black Women

www.blacklivesmatter.com – Black Lives Matter

www.aclu.org – American Civil Liberties Union

http://attolloprep.org/ – At Tollo

www.naacp.org – National Association for Advancing Colored People

 

 

We will not be silent. 

Diversify your feed, learn from those who lead. 

@faitthb

@blklivesmatter

@mnfreedomfund

@theconsciouskid

@sistersong_woc

@unitedwedream

@antiracismctr

@hereweread

@becauseofthem

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