Dialogue with Others

Source: Black Lives Matter: A Reading List compiled by Marcella Haddad

"Why do we need to separate white and Black problems and say things like ‘white privilege?’ That’s just creating unnecessary division. There aren’t racial problems anymore — we had a Black president/I have a Black boss/etc."

  1. Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites

  2. Mapping Police Violence

  3. Why is coronavirus taking such a deadly toll on black Americans?

  4. Segregation Now

  5. The End of the Postracial Myth

"A few isolated incidents of police brutality doesn’t mean that it’s a systemic problem. Why should we defund the police?"

  1. The History of Policing in the United States

  2. Ties that Bind: Conflicts of Interest in Police Killings

  3. Armed in America: Police & Guns

  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: “The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New”

  5. Police Chiefs Around the Country are Breaking the Blue Wall of Silence for George Floyd

  6. Police officers convicted for fatal shootings are the exception, not the rule

  7. New Policing, New Segregation; From Ferguson to New York

"Martin Luther King led peaceful protests and look at all of the important changes he brought about — why can’t people just protest peacefully?"

  1. King's Message of Nonviolence Has Been Distorted

  2. American history shows civil unrest is the only way black voices are heard

  3. Don’t criticize Black Lives Matter for provoking violence. The civil rights movement did, too.

  4. The Truth You’ve Probably Never Heard About Riots

  5. By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence

"As soon as you resort to violence then you have lost all credibility. People shouldn’t be rioting and looting."

  1. Riot or resistance? The way the media frames the unrest in Minneapolis will shape the public’s view of protest

  2. The Double Standard of the American Riot

  3. Antifa isn’t the problem. Trump’s bluster is a distraction from police violence.

  4. Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide

"So what’s next?"

We have a problem with police violence in our country that is deeply rooted in history and continues to disproportionately affect Black Americans. There are many incredible organizations that are working towards addressing these issues, and you can help by protesting, donating, signing petitions, and overall taking direction from Black organizers:

  1. The Only Solution is the Defund the Police

  2. Campaign Zero

  3. The answer to police violence is not ‘reform.’ It’s defunding. Here’s why

  4. Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide

  5. Anti-Racism Resources for white people

  6. Ways You can Help

  7. Reclaim the Block Resources

  8. How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

  9. #Amplifymelanatedvoices Challenge