The new film I Am Not Your Negro takes James Baldwin’s words from an unfinished book and turns them into an examination of race in America that is getting rave reviews.
Watch the trailer for this very timely documentary below. It opens in theaters on February 3.
This year we’re going to need strength to draw from and role models to inspire us. Buzzfeed put together this video of 17 badass women you probably didn’t hear about last year. Check it out and do some research to find out more about these women’s stories.
The Equal Justice Initiative is creating a memorial by collecting soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims. Watch their video about the project and check out this New Yorker piece for more detail on how the memorial is coming together in an important effort to remind us of our harrowing history.
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) is an organization that works to mobilize a critical mass of white people to fight for racial justice. It recognizes the responsibility white people bear for fighting against racism and white supremacy, and provides tools and organizing opportunities for white people to support efforts led by people of color.
I attended a webinar soon after the election where SURJ was training people to phone bank to raise money for them and a migrants’ rights organization. It was an encouraging experience to be with hundreds of white people, many of whom had never phone banked before, who were stepping up to do more. Work like this is going to be even more important in the next four years. You can find out more here, find a local chapter here and donate here.
Despite a campaign driven by racism, Islamophobia and misogyny, some people have taken a wait-and-see attitude, thinking Trump’s rhetoric may have been just that, with no intention of following through.
His cabinet appointments should put that theory to rest, and this video from Think Progress provides a good summary of why we need to be alarmed and prepared to fight back.
We can hardly predict what the next four years hold for us, but the signs are anything but encouraging. We need to steel ourselves for the fight ahead, learn from the past and find comfort and encouragement anywhere we can, including books.
Here is some recommended reading for your holidays that feels just right for our political moment: Continue reading “10 books for our current political moment”