In order to be with us and people who look like me, you need to be informed about issues that affect me. You need to be fully trained so that you can feel the full amount of pain so that you have a full understanding, said Emmanuel Acho. The NFL athlete and TV personality spoke to white people in a video that quickly went viral. They advocated listening more and educating us as we fight racism and police brutality.
While the protests sparked by the white policeman who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis continue to spread to US cities and towns, many are wondering how they can help combat black police brutality.
Along with calls for protest and the donation of resources and funds to organizations to combat systemic racism, there was a constant exchange of blows, which spread the message that it is not enough simply to not be racist but to be actively anti-racist.
This term is not exactly new. In fact, there is a whole book dedicated to the subject, aptly labeled "How to be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi, director of the American Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center. The idea is that non-black Americans must first understand the experience of black people in the United States before they can effectively use their privileges, resources and platforms to bring about significant changes in our communities and cultures.
There are a variety of ways for people to learn about black experiences in the United States. However, the fastest and easiest way for people is to turn to the black voices that have been telling black stories in various media for decades.
We have compiled a list of books, documentaries, and podcasts that address racist injustice, police brutality, and the persistent pain of black people so that you can learn more and gain a greater understanding.
Documentaries / films
List curated by Russell James. Written by Nic Juarez. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash
We stand with the black community against systemic racism and police brutality. We have a Black Lives Matter Page with resources to get involved and stay safe. Be anti-racist. To organize. Poll. Make changes.