Another voice to turn to for learning & growing in the space of healing racism is Ruth King and we’re re-releasing her 2018 episode this week. As you take some time to pause and listen to the deep wisdom that Ruth King shares, consider how you can take action to contribute to healing racism in your community.
To that end, we’ve created a small resource guide to point you in a few directions that we think might be helpful as you look to further educate yourself on what action steps to take.
Donate to or get involved with:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
Campaign Zero- Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns, and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Ideas of other ways to get involved:
Sign the petition for George Floyd. Millions have signed and so can you.
I found this to be a great article that has lots of actions to take- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
So many of the changes we need to see regarding police brutality have to happen at the local level. That is good news because it’s easier to get involved and have more impact. This page has Campaign Zero’s list of issues by city and state.
There are so many books out there but here are some books that come highly recommended:
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
“Raising White Kids” by Jennifer Harvey
“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
“The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement” by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris
“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
“Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
“They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement” by Wesley Lowery
“The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and William Barber II
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
Ruth King is an emotional wisdom author, coach, and consultant. She’s a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and she’s on the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition, she’s the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is the author of several publications including her new book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. In this stirring, thoughtful and wise conversation, she touches on the heart of racism and teaches how we can move to heal this heart disease.
In This Interview, Ruth King and I Discuss Healing Racism and …
- Her book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out
- The value of being curious about the good and bad wolves inside of us
- Racism being a heart disease that is curable
- Her open heart surgery at the age of 27
- Rage being an exit route
- Rage being energy moving through the body
- Habitual patterns of racism being a layer on top of the real issue that we can’t tolerate – they are defense mechanisms
- Racial affinity groups
- 6 hindrances
- The structure of racism
- Racism vs Prejudice
- Racist vs Racism
- Understanding our own experience with racism and talking about it
- What it’s like to be “membered”
- Individual vs group identity
- Diversity within the body of color
Ruth King Links
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