A Collection of Narratives for Processing and Reflecting on Police Brutality, #Ferguson and Beyond: #BlackLivesMatter
I am in mourning this morning. So much pain. So much death.
These remain very challenging times for Black People in America. One killing after another, one “legally” government sanctioned reminder after another to remind black folks that we are expendable in this country.
I want to take this moment to; as sincerely as one can communicate electronically, send love and solidarity to the black people out there who live work and play in predominantly white environments and have been met with outrage and invalidation this week instead of support; who have been given no quarter to breathe, no space to grieve.
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— fëminist mom (@QUESADILLABABY) November 25, 2014
I also want to take this moment to send love to the black people out there who may have internalized the racism that is used against us on a daily basis, and may have acted out that internalization in some way toward yourself, or someone else this week. It really isn’t our fault, although we’re all told and expected to believe that it is.
To grow up in a society that devalues black life and contributions as much as the current system, and not be impacted by it in any way would be nothing short of a miracle. As the conversations and protests continue; as the reality that the nation is still failing to be true to what it says on paper continues to be laid out for all to see across the nation and around the world, I hope you experience an awakening.
This same hope goes out to people who are white; even those who would claim to be a part of the solution, but whose steadfast belief in/inability to recognize/willful desire not to acknowledge/the gross contradictions inherent in the rule of law in this country result in doing more harm than good.
Because sometimes it’s easier to believe in the lie.
Like many others may be, I find myself in a vulnerable place.
The core of many of my driving values are being challenged, and like others before me, I’m trying desperately to respond to the constant assaults in ways that are consistent with them.
One of the ways I’ve been getting and giving support is through sharing my own, and learning from the narratives of others both on and offline. No one can do it by themselves.
I haven’t been in the mood to write much lately, but there are so many heartfelt narratives out there.
I’ve decided to create an ongoing list of links to them below. This note will be updated as more links are found. If you have other thoughts or links to share, list them in the comment section.
“I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson”
Brittney Cooper, Salon
“Things to stop being distracted by when a black person gets murdered by police”
Mia McKenzie, Black Girl Dangerous
“Can you breathe?”
L’Heureux Dumi Lewis-McCoy, Uptown Notes
“Crime and Punishment”
Charles M. Blow, The New York Times
“The Stages of What Happens When There’s Injustice Against Black People”
Luvvie, Awesomely Luvvie
“The New Rules for Black People in America”
Carvell Wallace, Quartz
“On Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Black Men That I Love”
Tonjie Reese, Afros & Love Songs
Nebeu Abrah, Femgeniuses
“Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson”
Spectra, Spectra Speaks
“White People Feel Targeted by the Ferguson Protests–Welcome to Our World”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time Magazine
Ilana Alazzeh, Facebook
“5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year”
Christopher Emdin, The Huffington Post
“White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed”
Brittney Cooper, Salon
“Michigan in Color: I Am Michael Brown”
Simon Rivers, Michigan in Color
“My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK”
Kiese Laymon, Gawker
“#Criminwhilewhite is Not Solidarity”
Stephanie Rose, For Harriet
“Telling My Son About Ferguson”
Michelle Alexander, The New York Times
“What You Mean By #AllLivesMatter”
Arielle Newton, Black Millennial Musings
“Space and Grace”
Brandy Turnbow, Feminists in Student Affairs
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW