When George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, the world changed — AGAIN. It shifted just like when Tayvon Martin was gunned down by a person who claimed to be protecting his community but was really a non-hero in the making. And then Eric Gardner whispered “I can’t breathe,” because he was being choked to death for absolutely no reason. Because a minor infraction of the law is worth a death sentence.
And when Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, the world shifted slightly, and again when Sandra Bland, went from a traffic stop to a tragic statistic the world shifted again. And the world seemed to collaspe when Breanna Taylor an innocent woman, lying in her own bed was gunned down by police. But then it bounded back to its own institutional racism ways as corporations began to talk about diveristy, equity and inclusion while asking the BIPOC in their offices to do all the work.
Let’s just say we’re tired of doing the work. No longer will I be the spokesperson for blackness if you have a question about what’s going on in black America, with BIPOC around the world then research like everyone else. Like, I had to do. And here, I’ll even give you a headstart because you know that’s what you’re used to. :) Because in my mind you don’t get to speak without receipts.
So here’s your opportunity. If you really want to shift the paradigm in this country then do the work. Start here.
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin Di Angelo
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
- How to be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement, by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
- Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks
- The Souls of Black Folks, by W.E.B. Dubois
- The Souls of White Folks, by W.E.B. Dubois
- The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
- At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, by April Ryan
- Race Matters, by Cornel West
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
- Tear We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson
- Police Brutality: An Anthology, by Jill Nelson
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Talking About Race portal from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History
- Racial Equality Tools
- Addressing Racial Privilege: A Mental Model for White Anti-Racists
- Racial Justice Assessment Tool
- Interrupting Racism: A Technique
- Allyship and Anti-Oppression: A Resource Guide
- How to Be an Ally if You Are a Person of Privilege
- The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery highlights the danger of jogging while black, by Rashawn Ray, Ph.D
- Sociologist on How Black Men Try to Appear Non-Threatening As a Defense Mechanism, by Rashawn Ray, Ph.D
- Ahmaud Arbery: The Continued and Condoned Lynching of Black America, by Faith E. Briggs.
- When They See Us
- Just Mercy **currently streaming for free the entire month of June
- Do the Right Thing
- Fruitvale Station
- The Trauma of Systematic Racism is Killing Black Women. A First Step Towards Change…
- An Interview With Black Lives Matter Founders
- Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America
- Mirna Valerio: A Discussion About Race & Racism in Running