Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Whether you consider yourself a Black person in American or not, we cannot ignore the outright injustice our African Americans are currently and continuously facing when it comes to being treated with blatant disrespect and neglect for our rights as people.
It is immensely important we educate ourselves on topics of systematic racism, inequality and privilege.
We live in a country where the justice system was never created to protect people of color.
Because of that, Black people repeatedly get treated as if their lives don’t matter and are obsolete. Being black isn’t a crime and my skin shouldn’t be seen as a weapon. With that being said, it is very important that we all play an active role in standing against our black oppressors.
Nobody was born racist, repeated racist tendencies in America made them that way. Whether or not you understand the entirety of the neglect this country shows to Black people, there is always knowledge to learn to consciously be anti-racist. Every day, I continue to be educated on my fight for equality as a black person in this country.
Below are several films, organizations, podcast and books on the problem at hand.
You are personally responsible for becoming more educated about the things that go on in the world around you and fight for a change. Don’t be silent. Your silence only equates to neutrality and ultimately means you’re taking the side of our black oppressors.
Books to Read
1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness—Michelle Alexander
2. So You Want To Talk About Race—Ijeoma Oluo
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings—Maya Angelou
4. How to Be Antiracist—Ibram X. Kendi
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God—Zora Neale Hurston
Films to Watch
1. American Son—Kenny Leon
2. See You Yesterday—Stefon Briston
3. The Hate You Give—George Tillman Jr.
4. Dear White People—Justine Simien
5. When They See Us—Ava DuVernay
6. Selma—Ava DuVernay
7. The Color Purple—Steven Spielberg
2. The Leadership Conference On Civil & Human Rights
3. Equal Justice Initiative
4. United We Dream
5. Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)
6. Color of Change
7. Black Women’s Blueprint
1. 1619—New York Times
2. The Diversity Gap
3. Pod For The Cause—Leadership Conference On Civil & Human Rights
4. About Race
5. Black on the Air—Larry Wilmore
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Text “JUSTICE” TO 668366
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“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it”—Eleanor Roosevelt