As I read the news and social media about two terrible things that happened in August, I started collecting the articles and videos that spoke to me most personally. I can’t just keep collecting without ever posting, so here goes, but I may continue to add to this collection as time goes on.
I know there is other terror and grief in the world, in Africa, in the Middle East, but these two issues are closer to me right now, and I have learned, when one is overwhelmed, starting small and close to home is one strategy. So, I’m working on my depression and my white privilege. Maybe I’ll graduate to world peace someday.
I chose the photo above because it’s one of my most peaceful happy places, and sometimes you need that, peace and happiness. I hope you’re getting some during these difficult times.
On depression and the life and death of Robin Williams
- Anne Lamott on Facebook (August 12)
Facebook doesn’t link to individual posts, but this one was very healing.
- Suicide and Choice by Pastor JD
A loving response to a cruel post about what suicide is and is not.
- Amazing video about how to be with a depressed person!
Bless you Sky Williams
On Ferguson, the death of Michael Brown,and White Privilege
- John Stewart’s Rant
Be sure to click the link through at the bottom to ask the white privilege questions. Also linked to from the next bullet in this list.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh.
It’s amazing what I did not know. And it’s worse that I am amazed by the depth of my ignorance.
- A (thankfully humorous) look at how literature describes skin color
Yes, I know it’s all mashed potatoes and raw chicken.
- 12 Things White People Can Do
A great article about how to act in response to racism, even if you are white. Even.
- How police behave in other parts of the world
You don’t have to kill your citizens to protect them, apparently.