Month: June 2020

New York Magazine’s Anti-Racist Reading List

To help you get started, we’ve compiled the following list of books suggested by anti-racist organizations, educators, and black-owned bookstores (which we recommend visiting online to purchase these books). They cover the history of racism in America, identifying white privilege, and looking at the intersection of racism and misogyny. We’ve also collected a list of recommended books to help parents raise anti-racist children here.

Editors. (2020, June 5). 7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists. New York Magazine. https://nymag.com/strategist/article/anti-racist-reading-list.html

Inside Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’

What has emerged is an experiment in life without the police — part street festival, part commune. Hundreds have gathered to hear speeches, poetry and music. On Tuesday night, dozens of people sat in the middle of an intersection to watch “13th,” the Ava DuVernay film about the criminal justice system’s impact on African-Americans. On Wednesday, children made chalk drawings in the street.

Baker, Mike. (2020, June 11). Free Food, Free Speech and Free of Police: Inside Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/us/seattle-autonomous-zone.html?referringSource=articleShare

We Have This Virus Among Us

The fuel has been pooling for decades—the Floyd thing was the spark that ignited it. It had gone too far, too long. Police corruption is endemic. It’s been there since the beginning of policing, when police officers had to buy their jobs. What is happening now is also a manifestation of that corruption. Brutality is police corruption.

Hirsh, M. (2020, June 11). Serpico on Police Racism: ‘We have this Virus Among Us’. Foreign Policy. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/11/george-floyd-protests-serpico-police-racism-good-cop/

Performing Whiteness – from The Paris Review

He walked away feeling more manly, more righteous, and more like a cowboy than he’d ever feel in his life again. That’s what keeps them after us. They need to feel their groins contract. They need to feel big in this world and they can’t seem to do it without killing us. The feeling doesn’t last and so they come for more of us. It is a voracious, depraved need. It is old and it is still here.

Stating that Black lives matter is a very minimum acknowledgement of humanity. The tenacity of the fight against this statement should absolutely stagger Americans and signal how far we have yet to go. Statements of solidarity must be actualized. We need more gentleness, compassion, and courage embodied by white people. We need people, not performance. We need for expressions of Black freedom, joy, grief, and rage not to cost us our lives. We need to get free.

The body is a powerful thing.

If it can breathe.

Bellamy, S. (2020, June 8). Performing Whiteness. The Paris Review. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/06/08/the-performance-of-white-bodies/

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