This week, I am taking a break from the Creatives in Quarantine to discuss something much more important and prevalent. On May 25th 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed innocent black man, was killed by asphyxiation by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The murder has sparked a worldwide conversation about racism, police brutality, and racism within the justice system. As protests and riots erupt across the world, the need to donate and educate has become ever more pressing. On the website, we have linked to places that you can donate to. I have compiled a list of creative outlets (books, TV shows, and films) that can help in your education about racism.
So You Want To Talk About Race? By Ijeoma Oluo: This book provides an open discussion about race and the history of racism and the role of white people in it.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race By Reno Eddo-Lodge: The book is based on a blog post by the author in which she describes the frustration of having to deal with well-meaning, but ultimately unhelpful white people. This book is a really good eye opener for why as a white person, we must educate ourselves on the situation.
Dear White People (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
The Colour of Beauty
When They See Us
These are just a select few. There are so many other outlets in which we can educate ourselves on the issue of racism. Here at the house, we can’t ever fully understand and we never will fully understand. But we still stand. Educating, donating, and protesting is what we can do right now. Until everyone can create in harmony, we will use our creative platform to fight this injustice.
Please consider donating to any of these organizations listed below:
George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family.
Mission: “This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
Campaign Zero: Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.
Mission: “Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.”
Unicorn Riot: Nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues.
Mission: “Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.”
Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd.
Mission: “We stand against cash bail as unjust and identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence.”
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