Racial Justice - Show Up

We live in two Americas. The statistics comparing the lived white and black experiences are staggering and undeniable, whether it be housing, education, medical care, or the frequency and nature of law enforcement encounters. White and black Americans use drugs at almost exactly the same rates, yet the law falls most heavily on the bodies of people of color. Pollution, struggling schools, and housing disparities all fall with more impact on African Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to attack communities of color more than white communities. The existence of those two communities as separate entities is itself a result of white supremacy.

We can't confront a thing when we can't even acknowledge it exists. If you find yourself pushing back on these ideas, because you don’t believe it is a problem, because you believe you’re “one of the good ones”, then I urge you to further educate yourself. No one gets a pass for their political affiliation. Nobody is free of responsibility by simply rejecting racist ideas within themselves. We must act against them in our culture and institutions. We have much work to do, white America.

 

Please seek out these resources and get to know the history and impact of race in America and explore ways you can act:

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Justice In June

This is literally a lesson plan, with options based on your schedule, for white people on ways to learn and act to support the black community. Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta, thank you for this work.

www.bit.ly/junejustice

Podcasts/Audio:

Scene on Radio: Seeing White
A fourteen part audio series on what “whiteness” means. I thought I was pretty well educated on the history of race in America, but this series opened my eyes to a lot of new information.
https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Scene on Radio: The Land That Never Has Been Yet

An honest telling of the history of American democracy, a tale much different than the one we're normally told.

https://www.sceneonradio.org/the-land-that-never-has-been-yet/

NPR: CodeSwitch
An ongoing series about race and identity (not to mention some really hot playlists).
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/

The Appeal: Justice In America
Broken into seasons, a podcast featuring experts and advocates on the criminal justice system in America.
https://theappeal.org/topics/justice-in-america/

The 1619 Project Podcast- The New York Times Magazine
An ongoing series looking at the history and consequences of slavery on the 400th anniversary of its beginning in America.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/…/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

NPR Throughline- American Police

"Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system."

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/869046127/american-police

NPR All Things Considered- 'There Is No Neutral': 'Nice White People' Can Still Be Complicit In A Racist Society

A quick listen (8 minutes) featuring author Robin DiAngelo. Interview highlights available in written format.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/09/873375416/there-is-no-neutral-nice-white-people-can-still-be-complicit-in-a-racist-society

Intercepted: Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition

A two-part conversation with Ruth Wilson Gilmore and host Chenjerai Kumanyika. "In this discussion, she offers a sweeping and detailed analysis of the relentless expansion and funding of police and prisons, and how locking people in cages has become central to the American project. Gilmore offers a comprehensive road map for understanding how we have arrived at the present political moment of brutality and rebellion, and she lays out the need for prison abolition and defunding police forces."

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/10/ruth-wilson-gilmore-makes-the-case-for-abolition/

The Daily: A Conversation With a Police Union Leader

This is a tough, but necessary listen. Vince Champion is a police union leader who has spoken out for police reform. However, he also pushes back on some of the outcry, in particular regarding the police killing of Rayshard Brooks. I believe his perspective as a supporter of police reform is important, while simultaneously disagreeing with much of what he says regarding racism in general. I'm not sure how we counter the personal defensiveness Champion seems to have regarding racism, but I think white people need to hear this so we can figure it out.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/podcasts/the-daily/defund-police-union-rayshard-brooks.html

 

We’re Having a Moment: Derek Chauvin Killed George Floyd

Baratunde Thurston's new podcast is worth listening to in it's entirety, but I share this episode in particular based on it's exploration of the language we use regarding police violence and race. Certainly worth multiple listens.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-were-having-a-moment-65435239/episode/derek-chauvin-killed-george-floyd-67583441/

Reading:

The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander
A hard look at the system of mass incarceration in America.
https://newjimcrow.com/

How To Be An Antiracist- Ibram X. Kendi
I actually just picked this up to read as I considered my actions in the wake of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. It reframes much of the language we use in discussions of racism.
https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

On Being White And Other Lies- James Baldwin
I’ve not read as much Baldwin as I should. This is an essay that was published in an issue of Essence magazine in 1984, but it should be easily found as a PDF with a Google search.

The Case for Reparations- Ta-Nehisi Coates

The term "reparations" can be immediately divisive for some, but I encourage you to read this and fully investigate both what the term means to those promoting it and the history and current economics justifying it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

The 1619 Project- The New York Times Magazine
An ongoing series looking at the history and consequences of slavery on the 400th anniversary of its beginning in America.
https://www.nytimes.com/…/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

Video/TV/Movies:

The Next Question
A video series by Austin Channing Brown featuring discussions between the hosts and important figures in the discussion of race in America.
https://www.tnqshow.com/

Dear White People
A wonderful and funny fictional television show that follows racial tensions at a fictitious Ivy League college.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80095698

13th
A documentary analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and mass incarceration.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qB6SsErpA

TEDTalk- Heather C. McGhee- Racism Has A Cost For Everyone

 https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_c_mcghee_racism_has_a_cost_for_everyone

TEDTalk- Baratunde Thurston- How Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time

 https://www.ted.com/talks/baratunde_thurston_how_to_deconstruct_racism_one_headline_at_a_time

Other Resources:

Showing Up For Racial Justice: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

From Privilege To Progress: https://www.instagram.com/privtoprog

 

10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism: https://www.mic.com/…/10-simple-rules-for-being-a-non-racis…

 

Me and White Supremacy Workbook: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com

 

Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org

 

Database of Black Owned Businesses in Michigan: https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/06/looking-for-a-way-to-be-involved-support-one-of-these-black-owned-michigan-businesses.html

 

 

Resources Shared To Me By Others:

 

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (this is continuously being updated and is already up to 97): https://medium.com/…/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-ju…

 

10 Unapologetic Books About Race in America: https://earlybirdbooks.com/10-books-bravely-address-race-america/

Anti-Racism Resources: https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO…/preview…#

 

A crowdsourced Twitter feed of resources: https://twitter.com/WilliamMatt22/status/1265753498735357952

Abolition Study: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1odJy1Mj5lsr94xbS_5EHhEYmvls9QsE5o7nLsyzWV4U

Breonna Taylor petition: https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Know Your Rights (ACLU): https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/#im-organizing-a-protest

(Resource List updated July 10, 2020)

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