2020: Renewing our Commitment to Challenge Racism, Just Mercy Film & More

Every day, select some media to widen your understanding and listen to diverse perspectives.  Here’s some to get you started:

 The movie JUST MERCY – opened Jan 10th

Powerful true story about Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative!

– Bryan talks about the film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVWayl3BjU

– Film trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78

– Equal Justice Initiative:   https://eji.org/

From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Just Mercy’ and the Difference Between Black and White Legal Dramas

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-just-mercy-difference-between-black-white-legal-dramas-1267504

“But films about racism are more intimate in their accusations because we know that racism can’t flourish without the indulgence of the people. Its mere existence is an indictment of all of us: We’re not doing enough to choke off its oxygen. That’s not a scolding but a reminder that, though some may not be directly affected by racism, millions are. It’s the American ethos to insist that everyone is treated fairly and has equal opportunities under the law. To stand by and do nothing — or worse, insist that inequities don’t exist — makes us complicit.”

Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out – It’s the racism.

By Afua Hirsch, Jan. 9, 2020; New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/opinion/meghan-markle-prince-harry.html

“From the very first headline about her being “(almost) straight outta Compton” and having “exotic” DNA, the racist treatment of Meghan has been impossible to ignore. Princess Michael of Kent wore an overtly racist brooch in the duchess’s company. A BBC host compared the couple’s newborn baby to a chimpanzee. Then there was the sublimely ludicrous suggestion that Meghan’s avocado consumption is responsible for mass murder, while her charity cookbook was portrayed as somehow helping terrorists.”

How To Be A Better White Person

By Michael Harriot, Jan 9, 2009; Race Matter from The Root

https://www.theroot.com/how-to-be-a-better-white-person-in-2020-1840868641

To be clear, white people need to have a conversation about race. Black people in America have been actively engaged in an ongoing discussion about race since 1619, when twenty & odd negroes stepped onto the shores of Virginia, looked around and asked furtively in their native tongue:

“Umm…Can we talk about this?”

LOTS OF INFO AT EACH OF THESE:

Good Ancestor Podcast with Layla F. Saad

http://laylafsaad.com/good-ancestor-podcast

MTV Decoded with Francesca Ramsey

https://www.youtube.com/user/mtvbraless/videos

Say It Loud with Evelyn and Hallease

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk85otLk-ASsqPu0aXFGjzA

From our favorite American story teller – LeVar Burton bring us This is My Story

A video series where Levar shares individual stories that capture some of the racist experiences most Black people in the U.S. “have in common.”  He masterfully delivers stories about racism throughout the U.S., detailing six unique and equally painful stories.

All six videos here (~3mins each):   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDxweZ-L3WdZiFhd5457WpQ

Celebrate beautiful women of color winning all 5 major pageants in 2019!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/15/style/black-women-win-beauty-pageants.html

Bomani Jones Eloquently Explains the Problem with Talking to White People about Racism

Michael Harriott, Jan 9, 2020

https://www.theroot.com/bomani-jones-eloquently-explains-the-problem-with-talki-1840907852

“I know how to fix racism. I’m not the only person with the cure for America’s unique strain of this social disease, nor have I kept this solution to myself. I have frequently outlined a complex procedure that could eliminate discrimination, institutional inequality and white supremacy in one generation. But just in case you’ve never read my sophisticated plan for stamping out systematic inequality, I will explain the procedure once more:  White people must stop being racist.”

Video and her storyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/us/mamie-kirkland-dead.html

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