Recent Articles About Police Brutality, Uprisings, White Supremacy and Race

Tim Wise on HuffPost Live w/Marc Lamont Hill – “Ferguson and Beyond” (12/8/14) Discussion on HuffPost Live, 12/8/14, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill. We discuss the aftermath of the Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson and New York, and next steps for the movement to end racism and police brutality in communities of color

Guests: Franchesca Ramsey, Patrisse Cullors, Redditt Hudson and Tim Wise

Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson – November 26, 2014 by Spectra Speaks

Viewpoint: Why Eric Garner was blamed for dying 8 December 2014  –BBC by Stacey Patton David J Leonard

Where Do We Go After Ferguson? By MICHAEL ERIC DYSON NOV. 29, 2014 — New York Times

What white people need to know, and do, after Ferguson Benefiting from white privilege is automatic. Defending white privilege is a choice. By Sally Kohn Washington Post November 28, 2014

Repetitive Motion Disorder: Black Reality and White Denial in America by Tim Wise Posted on November 24, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Daily News analysis finds racial disparities in summons for minor violations in ‘broken windows’ policing NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:00 AM BY Sarah Ryley , Laura Bult , Dareh Gregorian

Culture Shifts by the Catalyst Project On November 19, 2014 Catalyst Project works to consciously create a culture that helps white people take strategic and effective anti-racist action as a part of multiracial movements.

We think that white anti-racist organizing requires that we move away from competitive, individualist thinking, and instead support as many people as we can to be effective change agents, working in accountable relationships with people of color-led organizations. These shifts in organizing culture help create more sustainable and vibrant movements to win transformative change. Read more on the Catalyst Website

Following links from some of our members on the discussion list:

The Other Side of Diversity by Erica Joy The prevailing narrative surrounding minorities in tech relates to how beneficial employing minorities can be for a company and/or how detrimental the lack of diverse perspectives can be. I’ve searched for, and have been disappointed to find that few studies have been done on the psychological effects of being a minority in a mostly homogeneous workplace for an extended period of time.

Feministing It’s been a couple weeks now since the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! released that video of a woman getting catcalled 100 times during a day walking the streets of New York City. The video has now been viewed over 35 million times, and it’s sparked some necessary conversations about the problem of street harassment and some necessary criticism of the depiction of that harassment in the film as something that’s mostly done by men of color and only inflicted on white women. In the most recent response, friend of the site Collier Meyerson created an excellent video, in which women of color respond to the video, talk about their experiences of being harassed by white men — on the street and elsewhere — and seek to “open the conversation [and] make it broader.” Hollaback has responded to the criticism, pledging to create a video series “to show the complete, overall picture” of street harassment.

The Suicide Letter (On the Media, audio): “The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. Perhaps the most monstrous example was the so-called “suicide letter,” which threatened to expose King’s sexual activities to the world unless he did “the one thing left” to escape shame.”

No Twang of Conscience Whatever (Oxford American, Patsy Sims): I started reading this really late at night earlier this week and then couldn’t put it down. The author interviewed Edgar Ray Killen (and other Klansmen) in 1976 about his involvement with the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in rural Mississippi. Killen was hauled off to prison for the whole affair in… 2005?! It’s a really engrossing, but also very dark, read.

The Topics Dystopian Films Won’t Touch (Imran Siddiquee) and Why Sci-Fi Keeps Imagining the Subjugation of White People (Noah Berlatsky): both from The Atlantic, the second one was from this past spring. Critique of sci-fi films that probably won’t surprise anyone here, but I still enjoyed. “Movies like The Hunger Games imagine society’s present problems getting worse—except for sexism and racism, which magically disappear in the future.”

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