Here at New Sounds, it has taken us a little bit of time to find the words to properly articulate what is going on in the world right now. In fact, we still haven’t. But the least we can do is speak up, stand up and educate ourselves and others on not just how to be ‘non-racist’ but how to be completely anti-racist.
The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is yet another example of the deadly consequences of white supremacy. I am sure at this point the majority of us have seen the video, or have seen another video of police brutality that only begin to normalise images of black death. To continue reposting them is to continue upheaving the pain, anguish and misery. But this doesn’t mean we should remain silent. We need to be loud, and remain loud, to ensure that consequences are brought about for those who are complicit in the systematic racism that led George Floyd and so many others to their death.
Overt and covert racism is a worldwide problem, not just an American one, and so we must lean into the discomfort that comes with learning about it to educate ourselves, others and understand our privilege. Below are some resources that you can use to help educate yourself and those around you, along with links for petitions and donation pages to do whatever you can.
Do not ask or expect a BIPOC to educate you, this is on you. Stay loud, stay educated, take a stand.
White Fragility | Robin DiAngelo
Women, Race, & Class | Angela Y. Davis
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | Michelle Alexander
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People AboutRace | Reni Eddo-Lodge
When They Call You A Terrorist: All Black Lives Matter Memoir | Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele