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Black Lives Matter - Only During a Quarantine?

Black Lives Matter.

It isn't the first time this movement has come up and it definitely will not be the last. What amazes me is the amount of people doing their best to use their privilege to help the black lives matter movement. But why are you only doing this now? Let me rephrase- it amazes how many people are just now trying to help the black lives matter movement when they should have been doing it all along.


I saw many people rise against police brutality and the injustices made towards black people when the video of George Floyd was circulating. But where are all those fighters now? Yes, there are still some raising their arms up against injustice but many have stopped on their journey and ended with a black square on their instagram stories. From my point of view it looks like you were just joining in the "trend". - Or maybe not, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you're reading up on history, learning about red-lining or any of the other hundred ways that every system put into place to make life easier and to have a good quality life, does not include black people. But I can't help but think- if we all weren't in a lockdown, would all of these protests still happened? Sometimes I wonder if all of this was just pent up energy from being locked inside with nothing to do. I hope that wasn't the case. I sincerely hope that if we weren't locking ourselves away to survive COVID-19 that we would have all still risen to do the right thing. And I really hope that we as a collective are still fighting to fix the systems that create these injustices.


Some things I have been doing include re-learning history, going to the protest, having open discussions with family and friends, and also giving space to those who need to be heard in this moment. Do the work of educating yourself so that you are better equipped in helping create a better world. Remember how in class you'd be assigned to do some reading and then have to discuss it the next day in a group and there's always that lazy piece of shit who didn't do the work and asks you to just tell him what was read? Yeah that's all of you who ask a black person about white privilege or how being a cisgendered white heterosexual male puts you ahead of everyone else. If you really want to know, DO THE WORK and educate yourself. If you really care, take your own time to research and educate yourself. Don't just be relying on your black and IPOC friends to explain everything to you. Find the information and then have discussions about it, you'll be able to go further on your journey of breaking down racism that exists within us all as well as how to eliminate it from all systems. Educate yourself, be engaged, take action.


Some good places to start:

(Adapted from the Antiracism resources google doc compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein as well as Ashley Hildreth)


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Articles:

- "America's Racial Contract is Killing Us" by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists)

- "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

- The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

- The Combahee River Collective Statement

- "The Intersectionality of Wars" by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)

- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

- "Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?" by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)

- "White Privelege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

- "Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?" by Dr. Ibrahm X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)


Podcasts:

- 1619 (New York Times)

- About Race

- Code Switch (NPR)

- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw

- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

- Pod For The Cause from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

- Seeing White


Books:

- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo*

- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD*

- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? : And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs*

- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga

- When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth- Century America by Ira Katznelson*

- Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

- Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.

- The Autobiography of Malcolm X

- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

- Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

- When and Where I Enter by Paula Giddings

- The Half has Never Been Told Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist*

- The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry

- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

- Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

- How We Get Free : Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

- Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman

- Anti Racism an Introduction by Alex Zamalin

- Overcoming Everyday Racism by Susan Cousins


Films/TV Series:

Netflix

- 13th (Ava DuVernay)

- American Son (Kenny Leon)

- Dear White People (Justin Simien)

- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)

- Selma (Ava DuVernay)

- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)

Hulu

- Blindspotting (Carlos Lopez Estrada) via Cinemax

- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) via Cinemax

HBO

- King in The Wilderness

- True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality*

to rent

- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (YouTube)

- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (YouTube)

- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) (Amazon prime video)

- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) (YouTube free?)

- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) (YouTube)

- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) (Amazon prime video free?)


Resources for White Parents to Raise Anti-Racist Children:

Books

- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

- @booksfordiversity on Instagram

Podcasts

- Parenting Forward podcast episode 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt'

- Fare of the Free Child podcast

- Integrated Schools podcast episode "Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey"

Articles

- PBS's Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good

- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon


I hope you all try at least one of these resources and continue your journey of extinguishing racism to all degrees, on all levels, in all systems. Don't let it be a trend or something that you only did to fill up your time during quarantine. Action needs to continue to be taken.



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