Four things to do today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
+ Listen to the Seeing White podcast. I suggested this last year at this time and (many times before that) but it remains an excellent starting spot for White people grappling with their whiteness, their racism, and its impact. Begin the eleven-part series today.
+ Donate to Brooklyn Bail Fund, an organization fighting injustice one bail at a time. For New Yorkers who can’t afford to pay even a modest bail and who would otherwise be jailed or forced to plead guilty, Brooklyn Bail Fund provides “radical intervention in a system that treats people differently based on wealth, skin color, and influence.” They’re “challenging the criminalization of race and poverty, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.” Donate today.
+ Talk frankly to kids. The Conscious Kid is one of my favorite places to find research and resources about educating kids honestly and candidly about race. Here’s their list of children’s books Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Follow their work on Instagram. Donate to support their lending library and book donations to Title I schools and low-income families.
+ Read Robin DiAngelo. Start with this op-ed in the Guardian and continue with her book, White Fragility, which “explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.” (Also, always: Read what Black women are writing. Here are a few good places to start.)
PS. Image above from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Please read the full letter here.