As a publisher that is actively involved in creating content and promoting books, knowing what to post online during these turbulent times is incredibly challenging. Should we continue to post? Should we abandon our social media content in favor of silence? Should we re-tweet with impassioned fervor?
Now more than ever we have a responsibility to listen. Many activists and communities are grieving, and we want to do our best to show support in a manner that is respectful of what is going on around us, while at the same time providing a safe space to continue educating ourselves on current affairs.
We commit to learning from the authors, readers, and leaders in our communities as an effort to be a part of change. There are myriad sources, news organizations, and social media accounts to follow, and knowing how to process the information can feel overwhelming. In this post, we wanted to share a few informational platforms that we find helpful.
The New York Times posted THIS antiracist reading list that could help guide your next book pick. It is compiled by Black activist, Ibram X. Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He also wrote award winning books, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and How to Be an Antiracist. Consider also following these and others on social media.
Plug into THIS podcast by Layla F. Saad, author of the book Me and White Supremacy. Her podcast, “Good Ancestor,” is an interview series with change-makers and culture shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. With guests on her show like Robin DiAngelo, who wrote the book, White Fragility, Saad’s podcast is a useful medium if you enjoy the podcast format.
Lastly, consider donating to a cause you believe in. There are many online resources on signing petitions and how to help during the coronavirus, along with many graphics that you can download and read with your friends and family to continue the conversation together.