MLK Day

I hope everyone is enjoying this day off of school and (maybe) work. While a lot of people view this as just another day off, I’m grateful for friends and family that encourage me to take the time to educate myself on race, politics, and history. I know this is something I should be doing every single day, but because today is MLK Day I’ve made sure to set aside a moment of introspection and research for myself.

I don’t have all the answers about race in America. I actually don’t have many at all. I’m by no means an expert. I’ve tried hard to listen more than I talk when it comes to the things I don’t fully understand how to talk about. I think the article White People Assume Niceness is the Answer To Racial Inequality. It’s Not. by Robin diAngelo sums up this feeling well in this quote:

I am white. As an academic, consultant and writer on white racial identity and race relations, I speak daily with other white people about the meaning of race in our lives. These conversations are critical because, by virtually every measure, racial inequality persists, and institutions continue to be overwhelmingly controlled by white people. While most of us see ourselves as “not racist”, we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives….If I cannot tell you what it means to be white, I cannot understand what it means not to be white. I will be unable to bear witness to, much less affirm, an alternate racial experience. I will lack the critical thinking and skills to navigate racial tensions in constructive ways…We can begin [to support racial equality] by acknowledging ourselves as racial beings with a particular and limited perspective on race. We can attempt to understand the racial realities of people of color through authentic interaction rather than through the media or through unequal relationships. 

This weekend, I browsed the internet for articles on race in America. I hope you’re not surprised that I found many, many articles, news reports, YouTube videos, Facebook posts, and various other web-based writings on the subject.

I thought this article, talking about the way Americans perceive the word ‘racist’, very interesting. I personally had not thought about that word that way before.

On the other side of the political spectrum, Forbes came out with their own article on racism this time last year.

And to wrap up this week’s post, I have an article for you about Black Burnout. I wasn’t aware that someone else’s definition of burnout could be different than mine. I’d always assumed it was the same feeling, happening for the same reasons, and ending in the same way. I’d read an earlier article from Buzzfeed writer Anne Peterson about millennials being the burnout generation and intensely related to the scenarios and feelings she described. I’m so glad that someone else decided to write a follow up article from their perspective because otherwise I wouldn’t have known there was a difference.

I hope you enjoyed the articles and the discussions they may prompt. Some may find them enlightening, some inflammatory, and others dismissive. Feel free to talk about your thoughts and reactions in the comments section below.

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On My Radar

This week’s and next week’s blog posts will be on the shorter side because it’s exam season. Best of luck to everyone studying their butts off (and thanks to those procrastinating by reading my blog).

For anyone else still on a Thanksgiving food kick, here’s a great GrubHub post on a chef’s Thanksgiving week. All of her “spontaneous” dishes sound like they’re to die for

Pediatricians swallow Lego heads to prove a point.

See how the New York Time’s Best Books of 2018 compares to Goodread’s Best of 2018 

Here’s my top pic from both of the above articles! 

The great red cup debate. Great for instilling political controversy and for keeping those holiday brew lattes nice and warm. 

This looks like something I need to do to finish the debut novel I’ve been working on since high school.

For your listening pleasure this week.

Sienna

Sienna was absolutely beautiful! I loved going through the government buildings (hello, future law student!) and seeing firsthand how art can be a political influence.

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Reading in the plaza is a nice break from walking around all day! I brought a sarong with me to use as a blanket when sitting on the ground. I am always getting things on my white jeans! Bringing something to sit on (and to help my classmates cover up their shoulders or knees when going into churches) really saved me on this trip! img_2887img_2881img_2839img_2840

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Below is the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a fresco mural in the rooms of the Council of Nine, the government of Sienna in the 1300’s. I love it because of its purpose: it kept the government in line through the depiction of what occurs when a government governs poorly. Below is only the “good government” side, but you should definitely check out the “bad government” side. What a great political implication! If you want to read more about it, click hereIMG_2889IMG_2861

 

On My Radar

Hello, Summer! We are so glad you’re here!

Also, to all the dads out there, happy Father’s Day!

Higher temps tend to lead to fewer clothes, which can snowball (or sandball?) into a whole host of body confidence issues for both males and females. Check out this podcast by Call Your Girlfriend about exploring body positivity!

Fun fact: August is the time of year when the most murders in the US occur! So don’t be surprised if people are a little…touchy…during the hottest months of the year. But that still doesn’t give anyone any excuses. Read here about the Australian comedian that was murdered close to her home after a late night gig. “Performer Alex Lee tweeted, ‘My first stand up set when I was the same age as Eurydice Dixon, was about being afraid walking home at night. Making jokes about it was a way to feel slightly empowered instead of small and frightened. Mourning for this young comedian who was entitled to feel safe.'”

What I’m reading right now: Columbine by Dave Cullen and The Castle by Franz Kafka

Wanna catch up on what I’ve read so far this summer? Check out my Goodreads profile!

Bath and Body works is having their semi-annual sale. I bought this candle!

 

On My Radar

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Easter was yesterday, in case you don’t celebrate it. I had a fabulous time with my family at church and brunch. I am now having a not so fabulous time writing essays and studying for tests, so today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.

Do audiobooks count as reading? 

Art lessons from Georgia O’Keeffe 

If literature’s complicated men were on Tinder

Proof that cats are liquid

One White House, many eggs, and decades of scary bunnies 

Peeps beer…who knew

Are you a “book spines face out” kinda person, or an artsy “titles face the wall” kinda person? I think I prefer being able to read my book titles, honestly. (Thanks, Mom, for the interesting read!)

What do you think the best Easter eggs are? I ran a Twitter poll (check it out HERE) and the winner was obvious: Reese’s eggs. I prefer M&M eggs. Good Housekeeping checked out tons of different eggs, and ranked them based off appearance, taste, and quality so you’re sure to get the best stuff in your basket.  #themoreyouknow

Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

I love checking up on my favorite bloggers Instagram stories while drinking coffee before classes each morning. Here are a few of my favorites:

Shutterbean

Tracy shares a little bit of everything on here. She updates her Insta stories more frequently than anyone else I follow and I seriously love getting to watch her interact with her son Cooper and her two cats! She’s also a great chef with a knack for making anyone smile.

The Handwriting Club

This is Tracy from Shutterbean’s Instagram account. Tracy is an artist and this is where she shares most of her artwork. I also am in love with watching her live videos of her handwriting. It’s so pretty!

Antigua Floral

If you’re looking for flowers you don’t have to go any further! Sara shares her daily floral creations on her Insta every day! She makes arrangements for weddings, bouquets, displays, and sometimes even food photo shoots. This is where I head on dreary winter mornings – the colors and sun make every day feel like spring!

Joy the Baker 

Joy is full of joy! And lots and lots of cakes. And bagels. And bread. So much bread. It’s beautiful, really.

Heathrow on Greek Row 

Heathrow lives in the UGA DG house on Milledge. One lucky Delta Gamma gets to raise a guide dog puppy when they live in the house their sophomore year, and this year it’s Becky who’s raising Heathrow!

What are your favorite Instagram accounts?

xo, Bailey