May 25, 2020 is a date that not many in this country will forget. A man named George begged for his life for a full 9 minutes – from another man who had sworn to be a servant to the people. In this 9 minutes, onlookers pleaded and screamed and filmed. However heart-wrenching it is to view that footage, it was a peek into the constant truth about what it means to be black and brown in the US at a time where it seems our nation was more open, more vulnerable and more able to see.
Metropolist has always had a focus on contributing to our community and furthering social justice causes, but George Floyd’s death was as rattling to us as a group as it was to anyone. In hopes of placing a mirror to our own faces, we shifted the focus of our monthly business book club toward a commitment to widen our perspective and educate ourselves around race, equity and the problematic history of our industry. Our first book was So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Each month brought a new book and new discussions about our own inherent bias and how we uphold white supremacy in our daily lives and the work that we do. Each page and each discussion has bonded our Metropolist family even more – as we make this journey together. Evening out the foundation of knowledge and understanding that we had as individuals and bringing us together in a more cohesively galvanized group committed to making trouble in the best of ways.
We have widened our subject matter to include podcasts, video series and other writings and wanted to bring it to the forefront of our awareness and practice. So we gave it a snappy name, as we do here at Metropolist, and Club MET was born.
Every Wednesday at 9am we gather (over zoom of course) to discuss what we are consuming, work to integrate and expand on the knowledge and often push back at each other in a space that feels both challenging and nurturing. We clap back when needed and have a lot of grace for each other as we misspeak, uncover our biases & ignorance, redirect and recover.
If you are a real estate broker in the Puget Sound area and want to check out our discussion please get in touch with Domenica Lovaglia.
Here are just a few things Metropolist’s have shared and consumed in this pivotal year of US history:
- Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids
- How to respond to “riots never solve anything!”
- 100 RACE-CONSCIOUS THINGS YOU CAN SAY TO YOUR CHILD TO ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE
- For White Voices
- 15 Books That Address Race, Social Justice, and Equality
- Dear White People, This is What We Want You to Do
- An Essential Reading Guide For Fighting Racism
- 10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You
- Systemic Racism Explained
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
- Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
- The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
- How To Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- Scene On Radio’s Seeing White Podcast
- Race: The Power of an Illusion PBS 3 part documentary series
- And the MOTHER LOAD of pooled resources!