I have few words to describe what is going on in the world right now.
I do not watch the news, so I have seen no images. I don’t need to and I am not a fan of murder or brutality porn.
As a black woman who was born in England in 1974, I was a minority by birth.
I was raised by five sets of white foster parents.
I chose to move to Australia, where I am a minority by choice.
I married a white man and I have children who are mixed-race.
The weight you may be feeling now, I have felt for at least 40 of my 45 years.
Those of us who live as a minority were not shocked by the death of George Floyd, or by the death of Tanya Day here in Australia.
When you live it, you are not shocked.
I am emotionally exhausted and heartbroken.
If you are a person of colour reading this, I know that you have had to hide, soften or polish your story, or have been made to question your lived experiences of racism to make others comfortable. I know because I have had to.
If you are a mother to black sons, I know that you too have had to have the conversation with them about their safety in the world. I know because I have had to.
You may hold me in high regard because of the work that I do, or who you know me to be and yet when I walk into certain places, I am not held in the same regard. When I walk down the street, I am not held in the same regard.
I learnt how to hustle for my worth from the age of five.
This year, I am writing my third book, and that is where I am choosing to share my voice about my experiences of race, gender and power.
I invite you to reach out to your black and brown friends. Check if they are okay. Most of us are not.
IF they want to talk. Listen. That is all you need to do. Ask if there is anything they need right now. And Listen.
It is not their job to make you feel comfortable.
It is not their job to answer your questions.
A few things not to say:
I understand. You don’t.
I can imagine. You can’t.
I can’t believe this is still happening. It is.
We live in the same world, but we walk in very different shoes.
In the meantime, I am sharing some resources with you, so that you have the opportunity to learn.
Why I no longer talk to White people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Am I black enough for you? – Anita Heiss
The Hate Race – Maxine Beneba Clarke
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
The book of Negros – Lawrence Hill
The Australian Dream (every Australian needs to see this film)
Rabbit Proof Fence
12 years a slave (not for children)
https://aimementoring.com/about – Australia
https://thelovelandfoundation.org – America
There are of course many other organisations that could use your action. Find them.
And then there is always…
Change Gonna come – Sam Cooke
Amazing Grace – Liz Wright
Took the children away – Archie Roach
Ngarrindjeri Woman – Ruby Turner
What’s going on – Marvin Gaye
War – Bob Marley
Frisk me down – Katchefire
Wishing you a weekend of listening, learning and loving. xxx