On pause

I’m taking a pause from my usual blog content this week.

This week (both on here and social media) I have been wrestling with not wanting to stay silent… but not wanting to be performative, centre myself/whiteness or suggest that I’m doing ever so well because I read some books! But this has completely occupied my mind and there was really nothing else I wanted to talk about this week.

So this blog is written for my white followers who want to do anti-racism work but don’t know where to start. I thought it might be helpful for me to share a few of the books I have read/am reading, that I have found/am finding really helpful.

I’ve intentionally kept the list below short to give anyone just beginning this work a focused starting point.

And just a note to say – you may feel uncomfortable, guilty, angry, ashamed and many other things… we must not burden our black friends or colleagues with these emotions and we must not let this stop us doing the work. Talk it out with your white friends and don’t let white fragility stop you from doing the work.

And with that in mind… White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo is a great place to start. Written by a white woman for white people – it is a great motivator to learn more and do better.

Learning about where feelings of discomfort and shame come from and recognising the harmful behaviors they lead to has given me a greater understanding of racism within society and how I am complicit as an individual. 

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch is part memoir and part history.

I have no memory of being taught any black British history at school so a lot of the history in this book was new to me. Drawing on her personal experiences made this really enjoyable to read as well as being interesting and informative.

Afua is also a columnist for the Guardian and you can follow her on Instagram here. 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad is a workbook with journal prompts. I’m currently working through this with a group of friends (via zoom) using the “circle way” which is outlined in the book.

Working through this book as a group might not suit everyone. I’m personally finding that hearing responses to the prompts from others is sparking things I might not otherwise have thought of and encouraging me to dig deeper when doing my own journaling.

Layla also hosts the Good Ancestor podcast and you can follow her on Instagram here.

Feel free to get in touch via my contact page if you want to talk.

Have a good Sunday x

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