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episode 127: FFR 127: Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter

This week’s podcast was recorded on May 31, 2020. We won’t be discussing a new piece of media; we’re discussing a nation at war. Over the past week, we have watched as righteous protests rise in the wake of the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd—and the deaths of many other black people including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. In response, the white supremacist American state apparatus has activated violently. Today, we want to share with you some of what we’ve seen, resources that might help you take action, and ways to make sense of some of the conflicting narratives we’re being fed.


#blacklivesmatter RESOURCE LIST: PETITIONS, DONATE, CALL AND EMAIL TO DEMAND JUSTICE AND SHARE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR0zIYlxvOAQh6LDych9e3LCZ8nf2I43gPzEnfWCeYMAe1zB00tTv0PEHZs


ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT (but please do your own research):

  • List of BLM suggested ways to support: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
    • Reclaim The Block
    • Northstar Health (street medic collective)
    • Black Visions
    • MN Freedom Fund
  • Black-Led Orgs in Minnesota Leading Efforts Against Police Brutality, Paying Bail, Treating Protestors
  • List of various relevant organizations: https://twitter.com/Party_Harderson/status/1267954497831104512?s=20
  • Bail funds by city: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X4-YS3vFn5CLL9QtJSU0xqmTh_h8XilXgOqGAjZISBI/preview?pru=AAABcpuvZgw*9qAq-y8AlfZOJsK6hO1N9A


  • Article: “Thousands of Complaints Do Little to Change Police Ways”
  • Thinking of Protesting? Here’s Some Tips
    • How to Prep for Direct Action
  • It’s Not Enough to Be An Ally. You Need to be Actively Anti-Racist
  • A History of Racist Violence in the US
  • Alternatives to Calling the Police
  • 26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
  • Quick Ally Tips from Anita: https://twitter.com/anitasarkeesian/status/1266971731937259521?s=20
  • Book recommendations by: Andrien Gbinigie
  • Resources to support Black disabled folks by Alice Wong
  • Book: How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming
  • Book: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Book: How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Book mentioned in the episode: Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences, and the Myth of the American Dream

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES (COMPILED BY Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein)

Articles to read:

• “America's Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer

         Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

• Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring

        a New Generation of Activists

• ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose

         Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

• The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times


• “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May

         28, 2019)

• Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups

         developed by Craig Elliott PhD

• ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by

         Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

• “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X.

         Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Videos to watch:

• Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives:

        Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers


• "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen

         Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at

        TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)


Podcasts to subscribe to:

• 1619 (New York Times)

• About Race

• Code Switch (NPR)

• Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

• Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

• Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on

        Civil & Human Rights)

• Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

• The Combahee River Collective Statement

Books to read:

• Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

• Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her

        Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

• Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

• How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

• Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

• Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

• Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

• Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

• So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

• The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

• The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

• The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of

         Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

• The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for

         the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

• The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

• Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

• This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women

        of Color by Cherríe Moraga

• When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of

        Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira


• White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk

        About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD


Films and TV series to watch:

• 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

• American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

• Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

• Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

• Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

• Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

• I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to

        rent or on Kanopy

• If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

• Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent

• King In The Wilderness  — HBO

• See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

• Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

• The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution —

        Available to rent

• The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with


• When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Organizations to follow on social media:

• Antiracism Center

• Audre Lorde Project

• Black Women's Blueprint

• Color Of Change

• Colorlines

• The Conscious Kid

• Equal Justice Initiative

• Families Belong Together

• The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights:

• MPowerChange

• Muslim Girl


• National Domestic Workers Alliance


• Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

• SisterSong

• United We Dream


More anti-racism resources to check out:

• 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

• Anti-Racism Project

• Jenna Arnold's resources (books and people to follow)

• Rachel Ricketts' anti-racism resources

• Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About

        Race and Racism

• Showing Up For Racial Justice's educational toolkits

• “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police

         brutality from 100 Year Hoodie

• Zinn Education Project's teaching materials

Photo credit:

Alex Wong | Getty Images


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