Hey there everybody, Sarah here with a very short update from the Ladies of Valhalla.
We do not feel that it is our place, as three white women, to stand up and speak about the issue currently in the media. About structural racism, the deaths of Breonna Taylor – whose killers remain free at the time of writing – and George Floyd, amongst far too many others, the need to move funding and resources from police to communities, or the Black Lives Matter movement.
It is time for us to proverbially pass the mic, to amplify voices that need to be heard much more than ours do right now. We have each been working through things in our own ways, whether through reading books, challenging friends and family, via social media, or in other ways. We have been sharing some resources via the Ladies of Valhalla social media channels, chiefly Instagram, but that isn’t enough.
We all need to be actively anti-racist, which includes reading and listening to Black voices, if we are going to leave the world in a better state than we found it.
With this in mind, we have put together a reading and watching list based on suggestions from educators, influencers and friends. I am working my own way through this list, adding to it periodically, and want to share it with you all. There will be a copy going up on our website and social media, but so far the books and films that we have been working through are:
⦁ Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Text Publishing, 2015
⦁ Me and White Supremacy, Layla F Saad, Quercus, 2020
⦁ The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness, Michelle Alexander, Penguin, 2010
⦁ Why I’m No Longer Talking (To White People) About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Bloomsbury Press, 2018 – particularly for UK listeners who feel that this is “an American issue”
⦁ The End of White Politics: How to Heal our Liberal Divide, Zerlina Maxwell, 2020 (not yet published)
⦁ We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Penguin, 2018
⦁ If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin, Dial Press, 1974
⦁ The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, Walker, 2017
⦁ The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, Holt McDougal, 1970
⦁ Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
⦁ The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Colson Whitehead, Fleet 2017
⦁ The Hate U Give, 2018
⦁ Selma, 2014
⦁ Hidden Figures, 2016
⦁ I Am Not Your Negro, 2016
⦁ If Beale Street Could Talk, 2018
⦁ Dear White People, 2017, TV show
This isn’t an exhaustive list, and if there are titles missing that you want us to include, or feel that we should, please let us know.
If you would like to join me and the other Ladies; in educating yourself, in trying to be actively anti-racist, in discussing the topics raised by these books and films, then you can always contact us via the Ladies of Valhalla social media channels, or on our own accounts, the links to these can be found on the homepage of this site.