What do you do to combat this kind of ignorance?
For Colored Nerds has an excellent podcast episode called Dear White People on this topic. To paraphrase very roughly: start the conversation with whomever you’re around. Chances are you run in circles that include a myriad of humans, from the delightfully lit to the painfully ignorant. You are in a unique position to expand the thinking of the people around you who have not been motivated or privileged enough to learn a truer way.
Want to get lit but don’t know where to start? I compiled a list of resources that have expanded my own thinking on the subject of race in America.
- On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014 by W. Kamau Bell
- The Day After They Shoot by Dominique Matti
- The Fining of Black America by Dan Kopf
- Emmett Till and Tamir Rice, Sons of the Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
- Sarah Ogutu – “After the Storm” on Button Poetry (2:50 mins)
- Policing the Police: Frontline with Jelani Cobb (54:47 mins)
- Democracy Now interview with Marc Lamont Hill and Mychal Denzel Smith: Part 1 (58:59 mins) & Part 2 (58:59 mins)
- Fruitvale Station 2013 film (85 mins)
- Codeswitch Podcast (NPR) – 46 Stops: On The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile (29:41 mins)
- All Things Considered: BlackLives Matter Founders Describe ‘Paradigm Shift’ In The Movement (8:14 mins)
- Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
- Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Michal Denzel Smith
Cover photo: Pubic Lynching, August 30, 1930, Hulton Archive/Getty Images