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Mon, Jun 01, 2020

Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide

Don’t let this moment in history pass you by.

We must unite as a community to speak out against the tragedies and injustices that plague our country.

We grieve for George Floyd and countless others and long for a world in which safety, justice, and equality are secured for everyone. This time also reminds us of our responsibilities as artists, historians, and creatives to fight all forms of hatred and discrimination and acknowledge the struggle and power of diversity in Santa Cruz County.

At the MAH we are committed to addressing and dismantling racism by acknowledging our privilege as a cultural institution and unpacking the ways racism persists. We are working to instill policies, training, and space for dialogue as we strive to become an anti-racist organization.

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Cover photo by @sabinedukes – Santa Cruz rally for George Floyd at the Clock Tower. May 31st, 2020.

Resource of the Week

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Listen: Interview with Author, Mikki Kendall

In her most recent book, “Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot,” author Mikki Kendall calls for solidarity in what she describes as a non-inclusive movement. She spoke with NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker about her book, a New York Times bestseller, and her struggles with finding common cause with mainstream feminism, which she says has largely ignored women of color.

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We invite our community to take this opportunity to deepen its commitment to combating injustice in our everyday lives. Anti-racism is an ongoing progress that begins within each of us.

We invite you to use the resources provided below to address issues of systemic racism, white supremacy, and privilege.

What is Anti-Racism?

Anti-Racism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.

What is the Black Lives Matter Movement? Read on the BLM Website.

Showing up for Racial Justice. Political education resources.

What is Racism? DismantlingRacism.org

Articles

  • Where do I donate? Why is uprising violent? Should I go protest? By Courtney Martin. Read on Medium.
  • How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change By Barack Obama. Read on Medium.
  • Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge. By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Read the LA Times.
  • Of Course There Are Protests. The State is Failing Black People. By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Read the New York Times
  • Letter From a Region in My Mind. By James Baldwin in 1962. Read the New Yorker.
  • The History of African Americans in Santa Cruz County. Read on our blog.

Books

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor By Layla Saad
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work By Tiffany Jewell
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

    The Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime

These are available at local libraries or shop online at local, independent bookstores, like Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Videos

Podcasts

TV Shows & Movies

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

We will keep this list updated with more resources collected by staff and community members. Get more resources & information here thanks to Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.