Our hearts were shattered as George Floyd's, Breonna Taylor's and Ahmaud Arbery's lives were lost, and as we remember those whose lives were taken before them, as a result of systematic racism. We are angry and sad, but most of all motivated to incite change. We wrote this article because we believe in the power of speaking out against racism and helping educate others on how we can best listen to, learn from, and support the black community.
Below, we offer our ideas on what to read, listen to, watch and do. We provide links to other lists, as well, for further education. We will continue to add to this post as we discover new resources, so please check back for more information.
WHAT TO READ
Senior Writer @ Rolling Stone, Jamil Smith, published this article with the New Republic in 2015. It provides historical and contemporary insight into the spectacle of black death in America
The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehesi Coates
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
WHAT TO WATCH
I Am Not Your Negro
Paris is Burning
WHAT TO DO
I Run With Maud: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
Justice for Breonna Taylor: https://justiceforbreonna.org/
Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Reclaim the Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
National Bail Out Fund: http://nationalbailout.org/
SPL Center: https://www.splcenter.org/
Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/
Find small local organizations doing work in your community. Support them with your time and your money.
Before you share videos, photos, articles research where they came from, and who is behind them. Use your platform to help amplify marginalized voices.
Speak out when you see injustice, no matter how small
Have the difficult, uncomfortable conversations with family and friends. These are dinner table issues.
VOTE. Vote in every election, every time. County, State, and National level change is needed everywhere.
Thank you for reading our journal. Now is not the time to be silent. Stand with us in speaking out against racism.