I don't know about you, but I am hurting. Hurting for our country. Hurting for our fellow humans who are treated unfairly every single day. Hurting for the people of law enforcement who leave the house every morning with the intent and fortitude to do the right thing. Hurting for my daughter and her African-American boyfriend who live in the middle of Washington DC and are fearful to leave the house to take the dog for a walk. Hurting for our faith leaders who preach love and peace daily only to have it fall on deaf ears. Hurting for the business owners who might have seen light at the end of the tunnel when they were finally able to open after the pandemic restrictions were lifted, only to be vandalized and looted in the midst of chaos. Hurting for the journalists who are getting attacked for just doing their job. Hurting because I feel like I don't know what to do to make it better.
So. I decided that first and foremost, I needed to be educated. And secondly, I needed to give to organizations who are supporting advocacy and equality. Organizations that those in the know tell me need the funding. Not those that I, as a privileged white woman, feel are worthy of my money. If you are feeling the same way and want to learn and grow and know more, please continue reading. If you come here simply for beautiful pictures of homes, advice on design and home furnishings, or shopping tips and recipes, we are going to take a pause on those things right now. We hope that you will come back later because we WILL have great things to share with you, but feel it is necessary to address the bigger and more important issues in our world right now.
Thank you for your support and love.
The Shauna Glenn Design Team
1619--An Audio Series from the New York Times on how slavery has transformed America
Code Switch--An NPR podcast that tackles race from all angles
Seeing White--A Scene on the Radio podcast
Still Processing--Another series from the New York TimBoes focusing on culture
Jemele Hill is Unbothered--Featuring award-winning journalist Jemele Hill
Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness by Jane Lazarre
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Just Mercy A film based on a civil rights lawyer's work on death row in Alabama
The Hate U Give Based on a YA novel about current race relations in America
Becoming The Netflix documentary that follows Michelle Obama on her book tour
When They See Us The Netflix documentary by Ava Duvernay about the Central Park Five
Selma A film about the marches during the Civil Rights Movement
Who to Follow:
@laylafsaad Layla Saad, Author of Me and White Supremacy
@blklivesmatter Official Instagram for the BLM global network
@taranajaneen Tarana J Burke, founder of the "Me Too" Movement
@rachel.cargle Rachel Cargle, author and lecturer
@mspackyetti Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Co-host of Pod Save the People
We compiled this list from sources including Medium.com. Click here for their complete list of resources
Organizations that support racial liberation, justice, and an end to police violence
Black Lives Matter Global Network
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Black Visions Collective
There are also Black Lives Matter local organizations that have a need for supplies for the protesters. Items like masks, face wipes, hand sanitizer, bandages, first aid kits, water, etc are being collected so check their website for local needs. It takes a village, my friends, it always does. Be human, be kind, and remember that loves wins.