Create. Don't Discriminate. Educate.
It is week two of protesting civil rights since the death of George Floyd. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go, but have made some strides. All four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd have been arrested and charged. Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, was charged with second degree murder. Also, the FBI has finally reopened the murder case of Breonna Taylor, an innocent black woman who was murdered wrongfully in her own home back in March. These are very big milestones in the fight for justice. But, we still have so much more to go.
Last week, I included some creative sources to help better educate about racism and the history behind it and what we can do better. You guys left some awesome suggestions in the comments. I’m here with a compiled list of your suggestions, and some new ones for you to check out!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This novel tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who immigrated to the United States to attend a university. The book won the 2013 U.S. National Book Critics Circle Fiction award and is loosely based on the author's life.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This non-fiction book is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities that are associated with being black in America.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo: This book is one of my favorites about racism. It challenges racism by working against and understanding what the author terms as “white fragility”, a reaction in which white people feel attacked or offended when the topic of racism arises.
Just Mercy (2019): A lawyer (Michael B Jordan) heads to Alabama to defend people who were wrongly condemned because they could not afford proper representation. In all of his trials and his everyday doings, this lawyer experiences racism and countless political and legal maneuverings as he fights for justice. For the month, the movie is free to stream on Youtube and has an all-star cast. I highly recommend checking it out as it is one of the most informative movies I’ve seen in awhile.
Moonlight (2016): This film discusses both racial and LGBTQ issues. I think it is perfect for this month and this time we are living in. The film is the look at a young black man’s life in three stages as he grows up and grapples with racism and sexuality. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture back in 2017.
These are just a few of the many examples that are out there. But, as allies it is our job to stay active in this fight. We must keep staying educated. We cannot let this fight die out. This ember is burning brighter than ever right now. Keep adding fuel to that fire. Stay safe and creative everyone.