Here are a few links worth checking out in light of the events unfolding in Ferguson this week:
— Back in August, The Atlantic posted a fantastic crowd-sourced “syllabus” about African American and civil rights history that does a great job placing these awful recent events in context.
— Roxanne Gay’s essay Only Words eloquently frames the questions so many of us are asking ourselves about what justice in this country can look like.
How do we talk about race? How do we see one another as human, as having lives that matter, as people deserving of inalienable rights? These conversations are always so tense, so painful. People are defensive. We want to believe we are good. To face the racisms and prejudices we carry forces us to recognize the ways in which we are imperfect. We have to be willing to accept our imperfections and we have to be willing to accept the imperfections of others. Is that possible on the scale required for change?
— For those who consider themselves allies, check out this article about 12 Ways to be a White Ally to Black People and this great video for a few important tips: