Thank you for journeying with us in understanding and learning about systemic racism. We hope that you will commit yourself to this life-long journey through reflection about your own thoughts and actions. By confronting a more informed historical truth which has led to current realities that perpetuate injustice in America, we can shift those systems and rebuild them to be more equitable. Your commitment to this journey is an act of courage. It will challenge you in many ways, and it will be worth it as you join the movement for collective liberation.
For more information about why this is important to TiBA and why we think others would want to enter and continue on this journey, we invite you to consider perspectives, opinions, and resources on this page. Updates will be made quarterly.
Disclaimer: Together is Better Alliance presents this page based on opinions, reflections, and varied resources, not as a scholarly site. We welcome your feedback and contributions. We reserve the right to select and publish written contributions which we deem consistent with our mission and vision. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prejudice as Part of Our Nature
There is a part of our socialization that is naturally skeptical of new people and experiences, and to sometimes be afraid of them. We must acknowledge these concerns so that they do not become entrenched in our minds as a system of fearing others or becoming prejudiced against others. In the absence of understanding and controlling our fears or prejudices we can be led astray by those whose prejudices have damaging, and sometimes fatal consequences. So, it is self-protective to understand our prejudices and transform them into unbiased beliefs and social actions toward understanding, acceptance, and justice.
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Mass looting and related destruction is a terrible and destructive behavior. Looting almost always stirs up heated feelings of anger, disgust, resentment, frustration and sadness. What images does “looting” bring to your mind? Sometimes looting lasts for more than a few days. And sometimes it goes on for generations. We should ask: what forms of “looting” exist? Who has really been looting whom?
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I Know You’re Not Racist! Now Prove It.
It's easy to feel defensive about the term, "racist." Most people don't want to be identified in this way. Generally our society frowns upon the notion of hurting someone or holding them back just because of the color of their skin. And that’s a good thing!
It's easy to say, "I'm not racist" and to believe that being a "good person" in our society is defined by working, tending to self and family, believing in a higher power like God, and not actively engaging in acts of bigotry and hatred against people with darker skin. It’s not enough.
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TiBA Top 5 Resource Picks
Our resource picks are not based on the most popular reads or best known but intended to provide illuminating, educational, yet sometimes lesser known resources that you may not be aware of. These include:
- Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, Mary-Frances Winters
- Illinois Black Code Law (1853). Click here to read.
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
- The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice, Derrick Darby and John L. Rury
- The Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World, Asa G. Hilliard III
Stay tuned for our next Top 5 Resource Picks coming in April.
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