This year didn’t turn out like anyone planned. However what hasn’t changed is my enjoyment of making lists out of inane subjects.
Gratitudes My cat, Bast thoughtbot Amazing roommates / friends / fam Bike rides and walks in the woods Local foods - including locally roasted coffee beans 🤤 Hot showers My bed Time to work on art or to curl up with a book Books Non-fiction You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane - Janelle Shane is one of my favorite scientists and her book is a passionate and delightfully quirky exploration of artificial intelligence.
And Why I Picked Up White Rage Instead Full disclosure, I have not read White Fragility yet. I had seen a couple of impassioned resources that did not recommend reading this book as one of the first introductions to antiracism. (Some resources downright suggest staying away from it entirely.)
While there are many reasons behind this, here is one of the ways that I internalized it:
Imagine, for a moment, that instead of the Black Lives Matter movement, we were facing an entirely different one.
If people want to see the parasitic nature of White Supremacy, they need not look further than the way the pandemic has been handled in the US.
The economy is being opened up despite rising cases, putting the nation’s vulnerable at risk in the name of serving the few.
Some are fighting wearing masks, because they believe it’s their constitutional right to go around without one — putting thick-headed individualism over the well-being of their community and themselves.
This post will be updated often. It will mark things I’ve been recommended, things I’m currently reading/listening to/etc. There might be some notes interspersed, and there will always be more to add.
Podcasts Scene on the Radio - Seeing White (completed) NPR - Throughline Notes: Seeing White is mind-blowing. Ibram X. Kendi appears on some of the episodes - his books are on the top of my reading list.