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Anti-Black Racism and other forms of Oppression in Science and Society

Introduction

                        

                                                           Anti-Racism Toolkit for Environmentalists - Greenpeace Canada

Dear MUSC and all of mankind, 

The evil of the world is trying to suffocate us with racism, oppression, colonization, and white supremacy (it is important to name the problems).  On the night of June 3, 2020, MUSC hosted a Town Hall

This is Us: Discussion on Race and Culture. For those who missed it, a recording will be posted here if possible. In the meantime, here is a  curated list of resources that provides a range of information. Please share resources that you have found useful and I will post them here. By providing access to resources at your fingertips can the culture change. Keep in mind this is just a start.

Ayaba Logan

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In When They Call You a Terrorist, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele  share a gut-wrenching and powerful memoir of the prejudice and persecution so many black Americans experience at the hands of law enforcement. White people have become so desensitised to seeing black lives snuffed out on their mobile phones that they are often unable to connect the dots to see that each person had loved ones, desires, relationships, quirks and dreams. This memoir draws our attention not only to the statistics and atrocities committed against black Americans, but also to the humanity of those whose lives were taken, and those who, still living, continue to fight for justice for us all.

In her collection of essays and speeches Sister OutsiderAudre Lorde famously wrote: “Revolution is not a one-time event.” In order to understand what we are seeing on the news and experiencing in our lives, it’s important to understand how history has shaped this moment. Reaching back to books published by black thinkers and feminists decades ago shows us (depressingly) how things are still very much the same, but also (empoweringly) gives us language and context for understanding what we are seeing now – and therefore the ability to disrupt tactics of oppression that still operate today.

Poet and activist Audre Lorde lectures students at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, 1983.

Poet and activist Audre Lorde lectures students in 1983 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

In order to dismantle white supremacy, we must be able to clearly name it. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo answers some of the most common questions we hear from white people about racism in chapters such as, “Why am I always being told to ‘check my privilege’?”, “Is police brutality really about race?” and “What are microaggressions?”

People are currently asking themselves what can we do in this moment. How can we show up both in the streets, and in our homes? And how can we do so in a way that is smart, sustainable and effective? Road Map for Revolutionaries by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson is a handbook for people of all ages and backgrounds who are ready to step into advocacy and activism, but don’t know where to begin. This beautiful guide covers topics such as staying safe at protests, supporting marginalised communities, online privacy and how to keep up the fight for the long term.

Americans have had enough ...

... and are marching for justice in unprecedented numbers. In small towns and big cities across the country, thousands of people are giving voice to the grief and anger that generations of black Americans have suffered at the hands of the criminal justice system. Young and old, black and white, family and friends have joined together to say: enough.

The unconscionable examples of racism over the last weeks and months come as America's communities of color have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and catastrophic job losses. This is a perfect storm hitting black Americans. Meanwhile, the political leadership suggests that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. The president who promised to end the “American carnage” is in danger of making it worse.

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