A Few Thoughts
The news has been hard to read lately. So much sadness and anger and ignorance in our own country, and it can certainly feel hard to know what to do about it. It is unfathomable that our President takes days to condemn Nazis and white supremacists marching in our streets, and relies on false equivalencies to excuse the violent ideology that lead to one woman’s death. Is this America?? You have probably heard by now that some of the same groups will be on the Boston Common tomorrow for a rally, and there are several counter-protests planned as well.
I definitely don’t have any answers, but here are a few things I found worth reading or watching.
This VICE News short documentary has gone pretty viral the last few days, and it makes for a close, uncomfortable, and enlightening look at what happened in Charlottesville. (Contains upsetting scenes — not for children.)
Tips on how to respond to hate in your own backyard. This article had an interesting perspective that drawing attention away from the area may be more useful (and safe) than holding counter-protests, plus a lot of good ideas for how to react when you see something happening. (via Boston Mamas)
This list seems to have some good titles for kids on immigration, respecting differences, and speaking up.
If you need to see something to help you remember all the goodness in people, I suggest this amazing remix of Mr. Rogers from PBS: