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Honoring Dr. King – Leaning into My Discomfort

by | Jan 6, 2023

Continuing My Own Learning and Growth

During the initial Black Lives Matter movement I got defensive.

NOT that I want to admit this but thought and said things like:

  • “There is equal opportunity, people should just hire the most qualified person”
  • “I’m not racist” (when I got defensive about the words ‘institutional racism’)
  • “I don’t see color”
  • “I work hard too”

Admittedly here in (very white) Oregon I was a bit kerfuffled about people getting up in arms. However, it gave me pause. I thought there was something here I needed to know more about so I reached out to a group of women business associates.

The first book I read REALLY changed my thinking  and understanding. It was White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.

Oh.
My.
Word.

Makes a great book club book! Hint hint.

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  2. Use bookshop link

So very thankful I read this book.  I’ve learned how my statements and beliefs were way off and what was behind my statements and beliefs.

I’m understanding so much more and continuing on a journey to keep learning and growing. I’m reading another but would love for you to post your recommendations.

Let’s honor Dr. King by continuing to press forward.

“Now is the time to lift up our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
Dr. Martin Luther King
I Have a Dream speech

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