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Breaking the Silence

What's Behind the Wave of Police, Security, and Vigilante Killings of Black People?

 

What can White People Do?

I compiled this concise list of links to INFORM & actions to DO primarily for my white friends & family in the U.S. to change the culture & injustices built in to the legal and correctional system.

Please read and share widely in an effort to broaden support for this important issue, especially as white people among white people, within our networks of friends, family & colleagues. A Pew Center poll last summer showed that views on the importance and broader implications of the killing of Mike Brown are extremely segregated by race, with the majority of white people believing the issue is unimportant.

Just shifting this perspective is a huge and important endeavor.

Statements on the Decision

A statement by the National Bar Association condemning the Grand Jury's decision and the prosecutor's poor job:

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b493e6c4d31beda32fdaf8e2d&id=73514e334b

This article details why police officers are never indicted for murder:

http://m.thenation.com/article/190937-why-its-impossible-indict-cop

An excellent legal analysis by MSNBC's Lisa Bloom:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10205247342493103&pnref=story

This article is a concise but well-argued opinion about structural racism:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ferguson-wasnt-black-rage-against-copsit-was-white-rage-against-progress/2014/08/29/3055e3f4-2d75-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html

I have found that very good coverage of the case & what's happening as a result around the world is through the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

What can be done?

Turn this energy into a movement, not a moment!

Talk about it! Especially with those with whom you have differing opinions. White people's silence = violence. "Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 91 percent white." This is in stark contrast to the social networks of blacks & hispanics in the U.S., which are much more mixed:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/self-segregation-why-its-hard-for-whites-to-understand-ferguson/378928/?single_page=true

Contact the Department of Justice to continue to try to bring justice in this case. Even if it's unlikely, it gives a strong message to national leadership that decisive action needs to be taken on these issues:

http://colorofchange.org/campaign/fight-for-mike-brown-continues/

Read & share Michelle Alexander’s book, ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’:

http://newjimcrow.com/

Or listen to this fact-full interview with the author:

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/16/145175694/legal-scholar-jim-crow-still-exists-in-america

Money is a good way to participate too, and a great organization is the Organization for Black Struggle in Ferguson:

http://obs-onthemove.org

Or, a long document with places to send rapid response donations for Ferguson:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Edgw6zQ0yHIPoIGUwOcflPvXD_vWHHiwlVRg-A4UZic/preview?sle=true

Many more actions listed with the Police Brutality Action Kit:

http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/archives/2016

A set of lessons and tools for teachers:

http://zinnedproject.org/2014/11/teaching-about-ferguson

 

Join / follow Colorlines, which provides ongoing news and actions for these related issues:

http://colorlines.com

Thank you for taking time to devote to this! ‪#‎MikeBrown‬ ‪#‎Ferguson‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬

x Caitlin


These resources originally compiled at the request of the Spirit House Project
for a National Teach-In, Worship Service, and
Candlelight Vigil held On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC
(a copy of the event poster is here)

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