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Words That Matter

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Words That Matter
By refine+focus • Issue #22 • View online
Communities are coming together to create spaces for reflection, conversation, and action. We need these spaces to process generations-deep wounds – to share and to listen – if we want to inspire positive change in this country and in our world. 
As we work together to get to there, we’re being informed by brilliant voices offering their journeys, pains, and wishes. We’re listening – and we want to invite you to listen with us. 
Here are our top picks for voices to listen to in this impassioned time.

MUST WATCH
Watch James Baldwin refute Yale Professor Paul Weiss on the infamous question of “why focus so much on race?”. His striking answer not only illuminates a history of systemic segregation in the US, but also reminds us of how long these conversations have been occurring. 
Via YouTube.com
Via YouTube.com
Watch these powerful testimonies of news anchors, celebrities, and reporters sharing their first experiences with racism and recognizing how their skin color made them different.
Via CNN.com
Via CNN.com
MUST READ
Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, a former civil rights lawyer and opinion columnist for The New York Times. She breaks down the roles of mass incarceration and the War on Drugs in perpetuating systemic racism. 
Via NewJimCrow.com
Via NewJimCrow.com
Read Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This award winning book intimately tackles complicated questions about racism in the US by sharing Coates’s personal answers, reflections, and concerns addressed to his adolescent son.
Via PenguineRandomHouse.com
Via PenguineRandomHouse.com
MUST CONSIDER
Via PBS.com
Via PBS.com
Reflect on your own education and that of your children. Consider what was taught in your history course; who was represented in your literature class; how were expectations defined in the classroom; what behavior was praised and what was discouraged. Read the personal experiences of educators, parents, and students, as well as recommendations for an anti-racist education at TeachingTolerance, EdWeek, and Edutopia
Via National Museum of African American History & Culture
Via National Museum of African American History & Culture
Change starts with listening. It starts with presence. Our hope is that these voices and their powerful ideas have stirred you and will equip you to act in ways big and small.
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