'But to white readers in particular, I say: Pull up a chair, grab a pen, lay down your defenses, and listen very respectfully to Rachel Ricketts. She has offered up an exceedingly valuable resource to a tired, troubled (and all too often delusional) world. This is a book we all need.'
Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love
'[Rachel's] heartfelt and engaging book is a both a call to action and a toolkit for anybody who wants to play their part in eradicating white supremacy – a mission she reminds us is not about getting it all ‘right’ but doing better every day.' Ruby Warrington, author, of Sober Curious
Thought leader, racial justice educator, and sought-after spiritual activist Rachel Ricketts offers mindful and practical steps for all humans to dismantle white supremacy on a personal and collective level.
Heart-centered and spirit-based practices are the missing but vital piece to achieving racial justice.
Do Better is a revolutionary offering that addresses anti-racism from a comprehensive, intersectional, and spiritually-aligned perspective. This actionable guidebook illustrates how to engage in the heart-centered and mindfulness-based practices that racial justice educator and healer Rachel Ricketts has developed to fight white supremacy from the inside out, in our personal lives and communities alike. It is a loving and assertive call to do the deep - and often uncomfortable - inner work that precipitates much-needed external and global change.
Radical racial justice includes daily, intentional and informed action. It demands addressing the emotional violence we have perpetuated on ourselves and others (most notably toward Black women and femmes), both as individuals and as a society. Do Better provides the missing pieces to manifest practicable, sustainable solutions such as identifying where we most get stuck, mitigating the harm we inflict on others and mending our hearts from our most painful race and gender-based experiences, plus much more.
This inspirational and eye-opening handbook is filled with carefully curated soulcare activities for getting into our bodies and better withstanding the grief, rage and conflicting emotions that naturally arise when we fight against injustice. Culturally informed, secular spiritual exercises, such as guided meditations, transformative breathwork and journaling prompt unpack our privilege, and take up the ongoing fight against oppression, while transforming our own lives along the way.
Antiracism workshop leader and "secular spiritualist" Ricketts offers a primer on combating white supremacy in her accessible, urgent debut. She opens with an explanation of how pervasive racism is, how trauma can be inherited, and how oppression is internalized by marginalized people. Defining spirituality as "an ethereal concept... in direct opposition to the analytical, tangible, facts-based knowledge adored by white supremacy," Ricketts argues spiritualism and social activism go hand-in-hand and notes that "to approach racial justice in a heart-centered and embodied way" requires an honest mindset that allows for righteous rage. Ricketts, who is Black, shares many personal stories of her own encounters with racism, as well as a heartbreaking account of her mother being spat on for being mixed-race. She also warns against adopting spiritual practices that focus on profit or rely on cultural appropriation, and prepares readers with a host of immediate actions they can do to combat racism, among them being attuned to microaggressions and considering impact rather than intention of one own's actions. Rickett's conversational tone and accessible activities will prove welcoming to anyone new to racial justice work.