I've been equal parts surprised and thrilled to have heard from over 60 people after sharing my initial blog post on racism this week. Many of whom I wouldn't have expected to even care enough to open the link. My mistake. I guess it really showed me how you don't know what people are thinking, unless they talk about it…which is all the more reason to do so.
In most cases people were saying, "hey, I've been thinking about this too, and I didn't know who to talk to." and what's more, most people shared a resource or two that had really made an impact…caused them to think differently, stuck in their mind, and seemed worthwhile passing on. Ah-mazing! see, media is not garbage! and yay, that people are connecting with perception-shifting content. Now, let's keep working on the open exchange and dialog part.
In keeping with that, below is a list of many of the things shared with me. Feel free to share your favorite thought-changing piece in the comments and I'll include it here.
Contemporary Reality in Integrated Schools
(about TC WIlliams, public school from Brown v. Board of Ed. produced in 2004, coincidentally across the street from my old high school)
The Writing on the Wall
(about my alma mater, Colgate. very upsetting but not surprising based on my experience there)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
INITIATIVES IN/FOR ST. LOUIS
The Race Card Project
I'm collecting more resources on the AMPLIFY THIS page