I’m Listening to You! Melanated Voices
I don’t even know how to start articulating the way I’ve been feeling since Saturday, but everything got into my head and body even more since Sunday May 31th. Sunday morning, Ricardo and I went for a walk here in Downton San Diego. Indeed! it was a beautiful day, people was starting to get together in order to start protesting in a peaceful way. We didn’t join the protest since we’re still facing a Pandemic and Ricardo has delicate job in the health care field. Everything was peaceful, even restaurants in Downtown started to cheer them on.
All of the sudden it was sirens everywhere and helicopters flying over Downtown San Diego. We decided to head back home. The sound of sirens and helicopters started to get louder and louder. Since that day, I’ve been lying in bed with anxiety, anger, sadness, stress and a couple of tears in my eyes -hopping Ricardo doesn’t notice them, since I don’t want to worry him as well-
While I’m forcing myself to fall asleep and trying to block the sirens and helicopter noise out of my head, I wonder, what is it that I could do better in my own home, within my own family and in my own actions in order to support, act and keep educating myself to be a better citizen. I want to be able to understand the black community who has been facing this racist injustice for years and years.
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How to Be an Antiracist
I thought I knew something about racism. Perhaps you also think you know about racism too. I’ve been listening to THIS BOOK “How to be an antiracist” and I highly recommended it. In the few hours I’ve listened to the book, I’ve realized that in many cases we are being racist with ourselves first and by consequence, we -of course- can be racist with other. Diminishing our worth our race and helping to strengthen that stereotype we have been carrying for years. Speaking of which…the stereotype people have of my Mexican community (this mainly to set another example) and the stereotype people have been drawing about our black community is the main thing I wanted to point out in this blog post.
About “How to be an antiracist” book.
I came to the conclusion that I needed to learn and educate myself more in this matter. I went straight to look for books, series, documentaries that could enrich my knowledge in order to strengthen my empathy, because as we know and I’m going to quote this….
Empathy is the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or fiction character. Developing empathy is crucial for establishing relationships and behaving compassionately. It involves experiencing another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own, and enables prosocial, or helping behaviors that come from within, rather than being forced.
Some surveys indicate that empathy is on the decline in the United States and elsewhere, findings that motivate parents, schools, and communities to support programs that help people of all ages enhance and maintain their ability to walk in each other’s shoes.Source Psychology Today
As I was saying on my search for information, I found myself Identified with this…
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism-and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it’s core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; it’s warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes listeners through a widening circle of antiracist ideas from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities that will help listeners see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences,nd work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.Source Audible
Hold Myself Accountable
This is how I’m going to hold myself accountable at home, with my husband, with my family, in my community and with myself. It might be easier to keep complaining, share stuff on social media and do nothing at all, but certainly, this is not the way it works.
I stand for equality, love, justice and empathy. Peace, justice and strong institutions are some of the Sustainable Development Goals which you can read HERE I’ll keep sharing more information and important resources about this, books, documentaries, brands and more.
I’d love to hear your comments.
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