Monday, July 27, 2020

Week 3: Allyship

Day 15: You and White Apathy
"Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort." — Ijeoma Oluo
Day 16: You and White Centering
"I have had reviews in the past that have accused me of not writing about white people ... as though our lives have no meaning and no depth without the white gaze.  And I've spent my entire writing life trying to make sure that the white gaze was not the dominant one in any of my books." — Toni Morrison
Day 17: You and Tokenism
"The norm is white, apparently, in the view of people who see things in that way.  For them, the only reason you would introduce a black charater is to introduce this kind of abnormality.  Usually, it's because you're telling a story about racism or at least race." — Octavia Butler
Day 18: You and White Saviorism
"Funny.  Slave masters thought they wer making a difference in black peple's lives too.  Saving them from their 'wild African ways.'  Same shit, different century.  I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving." — Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Day 19: You and Optical Allyship
"Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it." — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Day 20: You and Being Called Out/Called In
"Mistakes are a fact of life.  It is the response to error that counts." — Nikki Giovanni
Day 21: Week 3 Review
"Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better." — Maya Angelou
Footnote — The overview blog post for this book is found at this link:

Monday, July 20, 2020

Week 2: Anti-Blackness, Racial Stereotypes, and Cultural Appropriation

Day 8: You and Color Blindness
"White people think it is a compliment when they do not 'see' you as a black person." — Morgan Jerkins, This Will Be My Undoing
Day 9: You and Anti-Blackness against Black Women
"Black women know what it means to love ourselves in a world that hates us." — Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage
Day 10: You and Anti-Blackness against Black Men
"Because white men can't police their imagination, black men are dying." — Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
Day 11: You and Anti-Blackness against Black Children
"Black people love their hildren with a kind of obsession.  You are all we have, and you come to us endangered." — Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Day 12: You and Racist Stereotypes
"We think them Barbarians
Beautiful and scaring them
Earth shakin' rattling
Be wild out loud again"
— Mona Haydar
Day 13: You and Cultural Appropriation
"When you're a member of the privileged group, you don't take kindly to someone telling you that you can't do something."
— Tim Wise, White Like Me
Day 14: Week 2 Review
To see the whole picture, we have to look at each piece in turn and see the entire story being told.
Footnote — The overview blog post for this book is found at this link:

Monday, July 13, 2020

Week 1: The Basics

Day 1: You and White Privilege
"I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group." — Peggy McIntosh
Day 2: You and White Fragility
"It is white people's resposibility to be less fragile; People of Color don't need to twist themselves into knots trying to navigate us as painlessly as possible." — Robin DiAngelo
Day 3: You and Tone Policing
"I speak out of direct and particular anger at an academic conference, and a white woman says, 'Tell me how you feel but don't say it too harshly or I cannot hear you.'  But is it my manner that keeps her from hearing, or the threat of a message that her life may change?" — Audre Lorde
Day 4: You and White Silence
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day 5: You and White Superiority
"When I got honest with myself, I had to own up to the fact that I'd bought into the myth of white superiority, silently and privately, explaining to myself the pattern of white dominance I observed as a natural outgrowth of biologically wired superior white intelligence and ability." — Debby Irving
Day 6: You and White Exceptionalism
"White people desperately want to believe than only the lonely, isolated 'whites only' club members are racist.  This is why the word racist offends 'nice white people' so deeply.  It challenges their self-identification as good people.  Sadly, most white people are more worried about being called racist than about whether or not their actions are in fact racist or harmful." — Austin Channing Brown
Day 7: Week 1 Review
Step back and take stock of what you have learned so far.
Footnote — The overview blog post for this book is found at this link: