On this day of remembrance of the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I wanted to share an Instagram site I follow called #meandwhitesupremacy where you can find over 6000 posts by a diverse group of people who are committed to anti-racism, and teaching white people how to talk about race and how to un-do white supremacy in themselves/ourselves; yes-us/me/you. Originator Layla Saad started with a 28 day Instagram challenge in the summer of 2018 that was downloaded by over 80,000 people called: Me and White Supremacy: Change the World, Combat Racism and Become a Good Ancestor. The challenge grew into a book that will be released on February 4th 2020, and is available now for preorder. Please consider joining me in following the Instagram account for almost daily reminders on ways that we white people can recognize our complicity in white supremacy. The instagram is free, but please also buy her book and share the recommendation widely so we can also duly pay her for educating us. Her website has links to podcasts, poetry, prose, and a sign up link if you would like to book her for a speaking event. An off-shoot site has also been created called You and White Supremacy that has grown into a challenge for educators. Let’s do the work as nurses and humans because we owe it to each other, and to ourselves.
PS. And please don’t forget to vote in all elections at every level.
Jane Hopkins Walsh is a Spanish speaking pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD Candidate in Nursing and Jonas-Blaustein Scholar at Boston College. She is enrolled in a certificate program at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the BC Lynch School of Education.
Jane is a volunteer and board member for the longest-serving NGO in Honduras called Cape CARES (www.capecares.org). Jane is passionate about social justice and immigrant rights and volunteers for Project Reunify (www.reunify.org), the Dilley Pro Bono Project (https://www.immigrationjustice.us/volunteeropportunities/dilley-pro-bono-project) and The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (www.centerforhumanrights.org).