What We're Reading: December 2018
As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, amongst ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this new, monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!
Black Male Writers for Our Time by Ayana Mathis
"But too often the discussion around writers of color is more about content, and their dazzling artistry is overlooked. To read the work by these men is to have an urgent encounter with a vital and thriving consciousness."
A recent wave of acclaim for Black Male Writers is examined in this profile of 32 current and influential artists, which includes a few familiar faces :)
Me And White Supremacy - The Workbook
by Layla F. Saad
"Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy."
And it's FREE!
What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter? by Selena Mills
"Part of the point in making land acknowledgements is to recognize how systemic and institutional systems of power have oppressed Indigenous peoples, and how that oppression has historically influenced the way non-Indigenous people perceive and interact with Indigenous peoples—all still quite prevalent in today’s cultural, social and political climate."
An indigenous writer on the necessity of intentional action.
How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
"I want you to prepare to rock the family boat, with important discussions that stretch beyond the surface of 'How's the weather?' and 'Who are you dating these days?' So, I'm coming to you with a guide that should push you beyond apathy, and instead, teach you how to be a part of the solution."
A useful tool all year round.
Things I’m Thankful For: Female Playwrights of Color by Diep Tran
“'Do you have to sacrifice quality for diversity?' The racist assumption in that question is: if a marginalized body is on a stage, they did not earn their way there. They obviously aren’t as talented as the white artists in that same season."
A celebration of the many plays written by women of color that are now running - because they're really, really good.