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Frosted Flakes: Trying to Be Part of the Solution

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My first steps to doing better.

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My mind is reeling.

When I heard about George Floyd. I was saddened and outraged and disgusted. I just couldn’t believe that this happened, again.

What I am starting to realize though, is this isn’t new. The Civil Rights Era of the 60’s isn’t over and things aren’t fine now. I have lived in a bubble of white privilege my whole life and I need to do better.

After reading and trying to process an overload of information this weekend, I found myself needing to take a break.

But do you know who can’t take a break from racism? The people who live it everyday.

Some of them being the Mothers of black children. Mothers who have to make sure their children know the rules to make them seem less threatening to others and to keep them safe. Rules that I don’t even have to think about as a white mother. Rules like “make sure you get a receipt or a bag when you buy something. Even a pack of gum.” Or “don’t put your hands in your pockets.” “Don’t touch anything you’re not buying.” “Don’t ride with the music too loud.”

I have decided that I need to learn more about the privilege that I was born with. I need to do my research and find out how I can be part of the solution. I need to figure out how to teach my boys to be part of the solution too.

I’ve already got a list of books to get me started.

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult were three that I found recommended by others on social media. I also would be very interested in reading more. If you have any books or videos that you recommend I would love to add them to my list.

I just hope that I can do my part to make this country a better place for everyone. It is small but at this point it is what I know I can do to try and help.

Now, here are the flakes.

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