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Ashley and Emily of Two Peas in a Prada share the best Anti Racist literature that they can find to help identify white privilege and how to be actively anti racist

In light of what is going on in the world, after the death of George Floyd, Ashley and I took a couple days to talk with one another to figure out how we could be better. First and foremost we came to the conclusion  that we would start with ourselves. We took a couple of  days to read everything we could. It wasn’t fun, it wasn’t quick, and at the end of it – we had to admit some gruesome truths about ourselves. We both were negligent about our own privilege. I think if you take the time to read the majority of what is listed below (with an open mind) you might find the same to be true about yourself. Acknowledging a massive systemic issue, and that we are indeed part of the problem – just by existing – is the first, and possibly the hardest step.

Next, we promised each other that going forward, we’d have the uncomfortable conversations with our children. Ashley’s conversations with Baby Joe will undoubtedly be different than the conversations I have with my children. That in and of itself is heartbreaking. However, instead of feeling heartbroken and helpless, we have to know that we have what it takes to effect meaningful change. We know that we will do what is right for all of our children. It’s not ok for our kids “not to see color”. It’s not enough for our kids to “not be racist”. We must make sure our kids are actively anti racist. I have to make sure my children stick up for people who are not afforded the same privileges as they are – just because of the color of their skin. It is my duty to make sure my children are always allies to Black people.

Then, after starting at home, we knew we could use our platform for good. The next best thing we could do would be compiling the resources that we found helpful in identifying our own privilege, and in understanding how to be actively anti racist. We have also added in lists of books we have read, and books for kids that will help parents actively have anti racist conversations with their children. As much as it starts at home, we hope for some of you, it continues here.

We have spent days sifting through hateful messages from all sides of this. The hate in this world is vividly apparent to us. In the wake of this tragedy it was made abundantly clear that we needed to publicly announce that we are obviously anti-racist. However, over the weekend, it felt like… if you were not the first to post on social media,  you were last. While we thought we were taking time to form a thoughtful message that could actually effect change, it was mistaken, by some, as not saying enough. That couldn’t be further from reality. In actuality, we decided to start at home. Throwing up just any meme or any message wasn’t good enough for us. We hope you understand this. We hope we are modeling giving ourselves and others grace and time to form the correct message. We hope, as a part of this community, that you will do the same. We have always been a community for all people, and that will never change.

We hope that if you have been here for any amount of time, you know that Ashley and I try to be accepting of everyone, we actively try to lead with love, and we give back to our community in many ways that we don’t highlight on social media. We have never felt the need to publicize our hearts, or our donations.  For those of you who have always known our hearts, thank you. For those of you who seemed to forget who we are through all of this, we will do a better job at showing you going forward.    The organizations we have chosen to donate to are also listed below.

Thank you for being here for all of the kinds of content we decide to publish. We appreciate that this community is on a human journey with us, and we hope that if you are “here for the fashion” that you can appreciate this kind of content as well. There truly is something for everyone below. If you have articles, books, or accounts that you found helpful – please send them to us. The scariest world to us, is one in which there is only one acceptable voice, so we always want to keep the conversation open, respectful, and productive.

Lots of love and light to all of you. We will be spending the next week in these words, in His word, and we will be praying for a more loving world for our children.

Anti Racist Literature We Found Most Helpful: 

Teaching Your Child About Black History – PBS

Whiteness As Property – Harvard Law Review

What Is Systemic Racism?

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

How the GI Bill’s Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans

Critical Conversations: Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

Why the racial wealth gap persists, more than 150 years after emancipation

11 Things You Can Do 

The 1619 Project -NYT

White Fragility – Dr. Robin Diangelo

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism

A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies

White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It’s not – Robin diAngelo

White Privilege: 

Books For Kids: 

Sulwe –  Lupita Nyong’o

What Is Given From The Heart – Patricia C. McKissack

Finding Langston – Lesa Cline-Ransome

Books: 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Sister Outsider –  Audre Lourd

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?

Can We Talk About Race? 

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America (Facets)

A List: Books By Black Women We Can’t Wait To Read In 2020

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Passing by Nella Larssen

Black Boy by Richard Wright 

Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman – I also recommend listening to the song with the same name by Kendrick Lamar

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Cane by Jean Toomer 

The Souls of Black Folks by WEB Dubois

Poems:

Kids Who Die-  Langston Hughes

Let America be America Again – Langston Hughes

Incident by Countee Cullen

Won’t You Celebrate With Me – Lucile Clifton

Sign Petitions: 

Petitions to sign from Black Lives Matter

Instagrams: 

The Conscious Kid

Audre Lourd Project

David Harris Jr. 

Chelsea Olivia 

Where We Are Donating:

Facing History And Ourselves

The Institute On Race, Equality, And Human Rights

Anti Racist Research And Policy Center

Center For Policing Equity 

NAACP

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