I love reading, I can’t think back to a time when reading wasn’t an important part of my life, I first read ‘Lord of the Rings’ when I was nine and have in my time read hundreds of books. I always used it as an escape from reality, a way to go on wonderful adventures where the bad guys always lost, which was a far cry from my reality.
Today, as my phone was pinging with more stories of Trump and Brexit (I hate that term, FYI) and my news feed was flooded with regressive decisions and bigoted ideas, I came to realise that while I know I stand for equality, I have only a basic understanding of non-white history, religion and experience. I realised that I am part of the problem of privilege through ignorance to others struggles. I believe it’s not enough just to read articles and watch the news, you have to know enough to read between the lines and see the truth.
I once again turned to my beloved pass time, I have many books in my house, written on many subjects, cultures, histories, experiences by a plethora of authors. I mean to read them but always end up doing something else, today is the day I made the decision to arm myself with knowledge, knowledge is power goes the saying. If I can arm myself with critical thinking and a history of politics and prejudice I can educate others. I can see racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry and ignorance and stand up for those who need it. It is my responsibility to educate myself on others struggles, cultures and histories, not theirs.
I would love for you to join me if like me you have a passing knowledge of these things but with little depth on anything in specific. I am starting with ‘A Very Short Introduction to Racism’ by Ali Rattansi, I’d love to know the book you are starting with.
With the courage of your convictions behind you, speak up with knowledge and eloquence on your side. Start where you are, use what you have.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke
Be kind to others, be kind to yourself.