All lives matter. In these times of Pandemic, there are certain populations that get a privilege. For instance, there is a privilege based on race, color or religion. This system is existent everywhere. For instance, the wide outrage spread in the USA, where the whites have a privilege. On the contrary, there is India, where privilege is based on a personal religion. Whatever the case is, those who are on the other side of the privilege face the inequalities. In this post, read about the best of Anti-Racist Books to widen your perspective. This will also let you know the other side of privilege.
Anti-Racist Books List
In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, a lot of quotes by Angela Davis are being circulated on social media. However, these small quotes certainly don’t contain the whole of struggle. To know the struggle in-depth, read this book. The book compiles the thoughts of the author in a series of essays.
2. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The book talks about the struggles of trying to reason with those white people who think their skin color to be the norm. Therefore, all those not sharing the same skin color naturally deviate from the norm. The book dives deep into this concept. In addition, there are very minute details on which the writer focuses while presenting the book. It maps the racial bias starting from that in UK, through slavery and mob lynchings that followed World War 1.
3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
“If we – and I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on or create, the consciousness of others – do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, the handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.”
The book is a classic of the Civil Rights Movement. It is divided into two parts. Firstly, there is a letter written to Baldwins 14 year nephew on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. In addition, there is a powerful reflection on the formative years of the author in Harlem.
The book recounts the death of 5 young black men in the authors life.
5. They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
This is a first-hand report from a reporter who has covered the deaths of unarmed black men. All these black men died at the hands of police officers. In addition, the most striking similarity in all the cases is that all the police officers were whites. The book begins with the authors own aggressive arrest while on the Ferguson protest. Further, it recounts the evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement straight from the front line. Therefore, it is a must-read for now!
The book is written by a UN diplomat and an Indian MP. Inglorious Empire is about all the bad that happened to India due to the rule of Britishers.
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
This book by Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize. It captures the trauma of black slaves and the descendants. The story is inspired by a true story.
Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander reflects on the many ways in which the 13th Amendment is exploited.
“I am writing you because this was the year you saw Eric Garner choked to death for selling cigarettes; because you know now that Renisha McBride was shot for seeking help…… And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect…..And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body.”
The book is mainly a letter to the authors’ son from him. There are different causes of injustice towards blacks that the author mentions. Further, the readers get to read about a critical analysis of racism which is very much ingrained in the American life and American Society. It also gives an elaborate account of the development of the fictional notion of “whiteness”.
10. The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today edited by Nikesh Shukla
The book contains essays contributed by different authors and writers with unique perspectives on deeply ingrained racist attitudes in UK. The book is about the notions of “good” and “bad” immigrants. In addition, it talks about what is means to be a person of color facing racism. It also talks about the constant anxiety that the immigrants experience.
“Of all the millions transported from Africa to the Americas, only one man is left. He is called Cudjo Lewis and is living at present at Plateau, Alabama, a suburb of Mobile. This is the story of this Cudjo.”
With the line above starts this book by Zora Neale Hurston. It is a compilation of various interviews between the author and the last survivor of the Middle Passage. Through these interviews, the readers get to know the story of Cudjo.
“And I am not free as long as one person of colour remains chained. Nor is any one of you.”
The last one from the list of Anti-Racist Books is “Your Silence Will Not Protect You”. The book is a compilation of the greatest speeches and writing of Audre Lorde. It is in totality a revolutionary work of literature.
Let us know about your favorite Anti-Racist Books in the comments. In addition, also check out Dr. Shashi Tharoor On What To Read.
Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language!
Language is a means of communication in all species of animals. Be it humans or other animals, all use language. However, humans are the only species that are blessed with a rich vocabulary. In addition, the human system of language is also universal to a great extent. For instance, the Hindi spoken in different parts of the world may be different. For example, the tone, the use of words, the accent. However, in all these cases the underlying rules of the language are universal. A means that brings together and binds different words of the language is a dictionary. In this post, discover the Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language through this very means.
Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language
What changes in language are we talking about?
There are a lot of rapid changes which the language of today has gone through. However, the language that we are referring to here is only English.
In Dictionary Terms…….
There is a trend of releasing the “Word of the Year” that dictionaries follow. This is usually done by the end of each year. For example, in 2013, the “Word of The Year” was Selfie. However, this year, 2020, has been more eventful as it has to it more than just one Word of the Year.
There are already a lot of changes in the language that have taken place.
The popular US dictionary, Marriam-Webster Dictionary, has made its fasted update in these times of pandemic. For instance, the word Covid was coined by the WHO on February 11. However, by 18th, the word has spread across the globe and had also made a place in the dictionary for itself. This progress is the fasted ever.
In addition, they are also considering to add newly seen words like ‘doomscrolling’ and ‘doomsurfing’. Both of these are pretty recent words. The first one appeared on twitter in 2018. Later, the second one has been recently seen in March for the first time ever.
A huge shout out to the Marriam Webster Dictionary for their decision earlier this year. When a young university graduate sent them a mail pointing out the inadequate nature of their definition of ‘racism’, a pleasant change in language took place. According to the new graduate, the definition should include ongoing systemic oppression as a part of the definition. Later, the editors agreed to this. This extension of the definition will be soon available in the dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is looking forward to an update with words like ‘WFH’, ‘Social Distancing’, ‘community spread’, ‘contact tracing’, ‘self-isolate’ and ‘contactless’ in the new edition.
In the Press…….
This one is a subtle yet important change. The news and the press companies will not be capitalizing the ‘Black’. For instance when race ethnicity or culture is being referred to.
The Scrabble Shines As Well………
We all know of the popular game scrabble. The North American Scrabble Players Association has come up with a new stand. They have a demand for restricting the use of 238 words that may stand out as racist or sexist slurs. For example, the N-word, ‘bitch’ or ‘culchie’ are all not welcome. However, the stand they have taken is indeed a welcoming one.
It’s not just in the US or UK, but also in India. For instance, a popular company has brought changes in their language. This is a big change in terms of their identity but a pleasant one. For instance, the brand ‘Fair and Lovely’ has taken a decision to drop ‘Fair’ from their name. The word has been a part of the brand’s identity and many households for many years now.
In addition, other brands that are re-branding are Uncle Ben’s rice, Beso de Negra cookies, Redskins lollies, Chico’s sweets, Eskimo Pie ice-cream, Aunt Jemima syrups and Darlie toothpaste.
Indeed seeing the change in language when it comes to using of derogatory terms or black mascots is a proud one. The idea of saying no to racial stereotyping for gaining profits shall soon end is all we happily hope.
In addition, read Anti-Racist Books That Everyone Should Read!
Hygiene Tips For COVID-19
These are really unusual times for everyone in the world right now. And Hygiene, which probably isn’t your priority is now a priority for everyone in the world. So here are few tips to prevent COVID-19 to spread, for you and your loved ones. Because we wouldn’t want you to fall sick :).
Washing/Sanitizing Hands Regularly
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Because washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Further, If you cannot carry a sanitizer, refrain from touching surfaces.
Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others. Because when someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID- 19 viruses if the person has the disease.
Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Because Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you. Also, you might do it unconsciously, maybe to adjust your glasses or itch your nose. That is why washing and sanitizing your hands is of utmost importance.
This is not just for COIVD-19, but actually any disease, even a common cold. If you’ve been sneezing or coughing and covering it by your hand, then you’ve been doing it wrong. Because it is usually your hands which are the carrier of disease. It is advised to sneeze/cough on your elbow or shoulder. Further, you could also use a paper tissue.
Clean Maks & Gloves
Face masks are the key to fight the virus. If you are using masks and gloves, you are doing a great job! But are they clean? Face masks are directly in contact with your face. Therefore it is of utmost importance to wear clean ones. If you have been using one mask over-and-over, it is advisable to either clean it or replace it. As for rubber/latex gloves, it is better to sanitize or wash it, the world doesn’t need more plastic!
For more information on COVID-19, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
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A Guide To Posture Correction Bras
Larger breasts have always been eyed and ogled at, but only women know how inconvenient and uncomfortable that gets. Apart from being the center of attraction, women with overly large breasts suffer many health problems. Some of the consequent health problems are skin rashes because of bra straps, nauseousness, headaches, shoulder grooves, numbness and shortness of breath. Thus arises the need for posture correction bras.
The unbalanced size and weight of large breasts are the primary reason behind the poor posture which also raises the subsequent discomfort in your neck and shoulders. Heavier breasts can, therefore, cause upper back pain, neck and shoulder pain by altering the curvature of the spine which can have a significant impact on your posture in the long term.
The posture imbalance, if not corrected at the earliest, can cause a series of severe, unavoidable painful conditions such as scoliosis, dowager’s hump, and even ribcage.
The easy availability of posture correction bras has shown some serious health conditions improvements in:
- Body posture
- Body alignment
- Complete comfort all day and in every season
- Maintaining the best structural curve
Designed and developed by the best and well experienced orthopaedic specialists, these are made of an exclusive elastic material with skin-friendly fabric mainly spandex and nylon for best relief and comfort.
Best Posture Correction Bras For You
1. Comfort Choice Posture Bras
Comfort Choice women’s plus size lace posture bra is developed and designed to give you the best posture benefits without any painful side effects. The use of comfortable fabrics and the cups that are designed to flatter the shape of the breasts are available in a combination of style and comfort.
Its crisscross pattern across the back and the front hook and eye closures gives you the comfort that you’ve been looking for years.
The advantages are as follows:
- ideal to control the posture,
- keeping your back and neck supportive,
- a good choice for women who are into working out or sports, and
- lifts shapes and supports your bust and posture.
2. Playtex Posture Bras
If it’s your everyday struggle and toil for you to fasten the back closure of your bra then this is the one to go for. Because of its availability in all sizes and daily wear colors, Playtex posture bras are one that comes with significant benefits like ease to fasten & unfasten.
It means to add value to your back and not to forget you are less likely to experience the neck and back pain or have skin rash because of the hook closures. You can put it on without worrying about the straps sliding or digging into your skin owing to its clever construction.
3. Just My Size Sports Bra
Just My Size Women’s Plus Size is a Pure Front Close Wire-Free W/ Wicking is a full figure bra that offers women several different back supports. It is a perfectly comfortable and affordable bra that provides a seamless look under the clothes. A front hook closure allows quicker on and off. The breathable cotton can be worn all day without any discomfort.
The following are the benefits of this bra:
- The cross-back bands are thick to hold everything firmly in place,
- Best sports bras for the shoulder pain that is wire-free,
- convenient during the summers or during sweaty endeavours,
- Keeps your heavy breasts in place,
- Distributes their weight evenly across the cups, and
- Doesn’t accentuate them anymore.
4. Leonise Posture Bra
The unawareness by the women of a posture correction bra-like Leonisa Women’s Posture Corrector Wireless Back Support Bra can eventually cause severe health and skin problems.
Leonisa Posture Bra does help you in:
- Support your posture and make you feel good and comfortable,
- Reduces heavy chest problems, and
- The soft line cups avoids the awkwardness of nipples peeping.
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