Hygge is a lifestyle that lends itself to creating meaningful moments and our homes are the epicenter of all of it.
Lauren and I believe that creating space within our homes where our families can discuss topics such as race and social injustice openly and with a greater understanding of how we all can contribute to the change is integral.
We don’t have all of the answers and we are not experts however, we are ever-evolving human beings with a passion to contribute to the greater good and to be a part of the change.
Of course, that all starts at home.
In our effort to have more informed conversations with our loved ones and most importantly, our kids, it is our mission to continue to listen and read so we can contribute to having more constructive and assessable discussions.
These are some of the podcasts we are listening to and the books we are reading in our own homes. We would be remiss not to share.
As Gandhi so wisely once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
The View from Somewhere tells the stories of journalists who have resisted “objectivity” and stood up for justice, and envisions new approaches to truth and integrity in journalism.
The Daily – Why They are Protesting
They came together to protest the killing of George Floyd — and because what happened to him had echoes in their own experiences. Today, we speak with five protesters about the moments in their lives that brought them onto the streets. Guests: Donfard Hubbard, 44, from Minneapolis; Rashaad Dinkins, 18, from Minneapolis; Joe Morris, 32, from Tallahassee, Fla.; Azalea Hernandez, 12, from Minneapolis; and Joyce Ladner, 76, from Washington. ~ Spotify
Come Through Hosted by Rebecca Caroll
Come Through with Rebecca Carroll is a podcast that explores culture, race, and identity against the backdrop of the 2020 election. ~ Spotify
Books for Kids
Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers
This is a book that profiles 35 remarkable people (men and women) and what it looked like to stand up injustice, even though the path of least resistance would have been easier.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
A picture book about whiteness that shows how racism still very much exists and encourages kids to talk about it and work toward justice for all.
All American Boys: by Jason Reynolds
In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. ~ Amazon
Books for Adults
Raising White Kids: by Jennifer Harvey
Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice. ~ Amazon
White Fragility: by Robin DeAngelo
In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). ~ Amazon
Racism Without Racists: by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color-blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level.
***You can buy most of these books at Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago and contribute to the change while you change.