Week #5: Elected Officials and Racial Tensions

How racial justice or the lack thereof is codified by our elected officials.

Hello friends 👋🏽

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Anti-Racist Learning Community newsletter! If you are new to this community, we welcome you! Every week, we pride ourselves in having an important conversation and we are excited that you are taking the time to join us on this journey. After all, we know that talking about race is never easy. 

This letter comes a week after we held our first book club discussion on Stamped from the Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Thank you so much to those who attended—we hope you found the discussion as wonderful and meaningful as we did. If you were unable to join, we hope that you can this month! During our discussion, something that came up was the education system and the modern-day segregation between the races. We found that as a group, we don’t have much exposure to other ethnic groups/cultures and their experiences and thus, it makes it harder to hold and learn anti-racist ideals. 

In connection to that discussion, the theme we are exploring this week is how racial justice or the lack thereof is codified by our elected officials. Although impactful change must be enacted both within the system and upon the system itself, we must place pressure on the people we elect into office with the power to alter policy and legislation in the short run. It’s important to know all the facts, get registered, and go out and vote. 

If you have questions or suggestions for our group, please feel free to reach out. 

In community, 

ARLC Team


July Book Club 📖

Ain’t I a Woman

By bell hooks

“A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of Black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on Black women during slavery, the devaluation of Black womanhood, Black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar's bookshelf.”

A PDF of the book can be viewed here.

Ain’t I a Woman via Noire Histoir

Our facilitated discussion will take place on August 1st, at 8:30pm EST. Sign up here.

This month, our facilitation team has chosen a community-building, ice-breaker activity for our monthly community event. Sign up here to join us on July 26th, at 8:30pm EST.


Weekly Resources 💡

Read 📚CNN's article about President Trump's reaction to the Black Lives Matter message painted outside Trump Tower in New York City. The article written by Kevin Liptak and Kristen Holmes talks about how Donald Trump is approaching race relations throughout the country. Unfortunately, he isn’t approaching it in the best way. On top of so many other things, he called the message placed outside Trump Tower a “symbol of hate” even though the Black Lives Matter Movement is anything but. His reactions only fuel the bigotry that plague parts of America, thus creating a dangerous environment for people of color. This is a recurring theme with him, another example can be seen in the time he referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” and most recently as the “kung flu.”

Photo by Mark Clennon via Time Magazine, 5/30/20

Act ☑️  We often fixate on national elections, but down-ballot campaigns and initiatives which affect local politics--like elections for mayor, city council, school board, and even congress + senate--are likely to affect your life even more.

Vote!


Did you learn something new? Feel uncomfortable? Challenge your own idea of race? We'd love it if you shared the resources above with a friend, a coworker, or a community member to help them do the same.

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