“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu
Protests are raging across the world over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. His death follows that of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February. However, anger, frustration, and tension have been building up in the US over the criminalization, dehumanization, and deaths of Black Americans over the last hundreds of years.
In these times, we hope everyone does their part by discussing with friends and family members, speaking up in the face of injustice, and donating if you’re financially able to do so. Start researching by checking out our list of recommended anti-racism resources:
- Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Assata: An Autobiography Assata Shakur
- Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
- Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
- “How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change,” by Barack Obama in Medium
- “The Death of George Floyd, In Context,” by Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker
- “This Is How Loved Ones Want Us To Remember George Floyd,” by Alisha Ebrahimji for CNN.
- “You shouldn’t need a Harvard degree to survive bird watching while black,” by Samuel Getachew, a 17-year-old for the Washington Post
- The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning The 1619 Project. Take some time to read the entire thing, especially this essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones.
- 13th Ava DuVernay, a documentary exploring the prison system and mass incarceration of African Americans in the US
- Selma Ava DuVernay, a film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement
- Just Mercy, a film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama
- The Hate U Give George Tillman Jr., a film offering an intimate portrait of race in America
- Dear White People Justin Simien, a Netflix series about being Black at an elite and predominantly white college
- I am not your Negro Raul Peck, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish
- When they see us, a Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five
- Becoming, a Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour
- Hidden Figures, a film about the brilliant African American women of NASA
Here are some out of many organizations that you can donate to:
- National Bail Fund Network (or your local bail fund)
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- The Marshall Project
About the Author
Yarra Elmasry is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied Psychology, with a focus on decision making, behavioral science, and judgement. Today, she is the Product Intern for LUKH. In her spare time, she loves to cook, expand her photography portfolio, travel, and do yoga.