Stuff I’ve Been Reading #10

It’s been quite a week. Lots going on, lots of it not so great. I hope that some of the links here add to some thoughtful dialogue for the remainder of your weekend.

  • This piece by Greg Howard is one of my favorite pieces on the situation that occurred this week in Ferguson and what it means in the greater discussion about race in America.
  • I also deeply appreciated this piece by Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous detailing some of the ways that we allow ourselves to be distracted when a black person is killed by the police. (At least five unarmed black men have been killed by police THIS MONTH. This isn’t something we can ignore.)
  • Two of my friends have written important books about history and race. Andi Cumbo-Floyd wrote a book called The Slaves Have Names about her family’s relationship with slavery and the removal of personhood through the loss of names. Jennifer Luitwieler wrote a historical fiction about the Tulsa riots in 1921 in her novel Seven Days In May. As we learn more about the past, the better choices we can make in the future.
  • My dear friend Sonny Lemmons shared about his own struggle with depression in the wake of Robin Williams’s suicide.
  • I also appreciated this post by Jennifer Luitwieler reminding us that depression affects everyone, not just celebrities.
  • If you struggle with depression, please know that you’re not alone. If nothing else, I’m around & you can hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and we can talk. Seriously.
  • And because this was a really heavy SIBR post, here’s a video that made me giggle a lot this week. I love the Gregory Brothers.

What have you read/written/watched/listened to this week that moved you? Link it up in the comments!

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About Alise

I’m a lot of things, but more than anything else, I’m a woman in progress. I’m finding that out more and more all the time. Knitting is just a series of knots. I hope as my tangled thoughts are put out there, they will weave together into something that adds a little bit of beauty to the world.
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