UUWF says "Black Lives Matter!"

Updated: Jun 9



At their last UUWF meeting they decided that "after much good discussion, the consensus was to focus upcoming program meetings on anti-racism and racial justice topics, particularly as related to women."


Please pass this information on to others!


Homework:

(voluntary of course)  We will begin with summer reading of White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. 

Not surprisingly this book is sold out right now on Amazon.  But that’s ok, because we will do better by buying from Black-owned independent bookstores.  Here is a list we can order from in Texas, or woman owned, or needing support:

Link to buy "White Fragility" from Semicolon, Chicago's only Black woman-owned bookstore:

https://bookshop.org/books/white-fragility-why-it-s-so-hard-for-white-people-to-talk-about-racism/9780807047415

Other Black-owned bookstores to support (rather than Amazon):


The Dock Bookshop (Forth Worth, TX):

https://www.thedockbookshop.com/

Link to buy "White Fragility" from The Dock Bookshop (looks like they've got an ebook!):

https://www.thedockbookshop.com/book/9780807047415

Frugal Bookstore (included because it's down the street from a UU co-op and needs to thrive):

https://frugalbookstore.net/

Enda's Booktique (Duncanville, TX):

https://endasbooktique.com/



Resource List From Kaliska:

Don't know where to start?


This is an Education/Reading List and Action plan that breaks down the daunting task of unlearning racism and white supremacy into day by day chunks. This is an AMAZING resource that can help you get started while you wait for "White Fragility" to get restocked at your favorite local Black-owned bookstore:

bit.ly/junejustice

Rachel Cargle (public academic and activist)-- she has many great resources:

Article: "Dear White Women"

https://072bc434-41d6-41ab-b249-9180c67fb60f.filesusr.com/ugd/5be363_f5d9bdf09e2d4f6eaba09a8c193f5199.pdf

(Free!) 30-day Do the Work Course sign up here:

https://instagram.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=e7528b5266e654d0ce83c211d&id=1e469b88c0

It's important to pay Black women for their labor and support their work financially. Here's Rachel's page where you can sign up to be a part of The Great Unlearn Community with a monthly contribution:

https://www.patreon.com/thegreatunlearn

A 16-minute youtube video by Rachel Cargle.  Great introduction to this subject and how to approach it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leBPMyQ60HM&feature=youtu.be


Books List

(not comprehensive but I included books that I've seen on multiple lists and books I've read or are currently reading to get folks started): 


UNDERSTANDING AND DISMANTLING RACISM: A BOOKLIST FOR WHITE READERS(From Charis Books, a feminist bookstore in Decatur, GA): https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/understanding-and-dismantling-racism-booklist-white-readers

MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE We Should All Be Feminists

TA-NEHISI COATES The Water Dancer

COLSON WHITEHEAD The Nickel Boys

JESMYN WARD Salvage the Bones

ZADIE SMITH Grand Union: Stories

ZORA NEALE HURSTON Their Eyes Were Watching God 

MIA SOSA The Worst Best Man

JAMES BALDWIN Notes of a Native Son

JAMES MCBRIDE Deacon King Kong

N. K. JEMISIN The City We Became

TERRY MCMILLAN It's Not All Downhill from Here

TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM Thick: And Other Essays

CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS Queenie

BRIT BENNETT The Vanishing Half

ABI DARÉ The Girl With the Louding Voice

NICOLA YOON The Sun Is Also a Star

ROXANE GAY Bad Feminist

ATONI MORRISON    Beloved

ANGIE THOMAS The Hate U Give

JACQUELINE WOODSON Red at the Bone

MARLON JAMES Black Leopard, Red Wolf

RALPH ELLISON Invisible Man

KILEY REID Such a Fun Age

SAEED JONES How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Also -

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

  • Beloved by TONI MORRISON

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X By Malcolm X and Alex Haley

  • How We Get Free by Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

  • The Water Dancer by TA-NEHISI COATES (I'm reading this one for a book club now)

  • Grand Union: Stories by ZADIE SMITH

  • The Vanishing Half by BRIT BENNETT 

  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race By Debby Irving (The UU church in Montgomery was reading this book in a book club last June).

  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

  • Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor and Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire.

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