It is important we educate ourselves in order to better understand how we may help in creating change. Let’s learn together. Here is a list of resources that may help you on this journey:
One of the best ways to honor the memory of George Floyd is to make certain that his daughter, Gianna Floyd, and her mother, Roxie Washington, receive the assistance they need. This is the official GoFundMe for Gianna, managed by the family’s lawyer. Click Here
On March 13, police officers murdered Louisville ER technician Breonna Taylor in her own home while she slept. The officers entered the wrong home while conducting a drug raid after being issued an illegal no-knock warrant. No officer involved in the shooting has been arrested. Taylor’s friends and family have created a GoFundMe in her honor. Click Here
All Black Lives Matter, yet violence against the transgender community often flies under the radar. On May 27, Tony McDade was shot and killed by Tallahassee police. He is not the first transgender person to suffer from police violence. A GoFundMe has been created on behalf of his family: Click Here
You can also make a donations in his honor to grassroots organizations like the Trans Justice Funding Project: Click Here
Below is a list of resources, including reading material and films, that we hope will shed light on ways others can be allies in the Black Lives Matter movement. Please consider purchasing material from Black-owned businesses. Noname’s Book Club, started by activist and musician Noname, has a list of options here. You should also consider making purchases via Haymarket Books and Bookshop.org.
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi
- The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison
- Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl
- Just Mercy - An adaptation of the book by Bryan Stevenson, which follows the true story of Walter McMillian, who with Stevenson’s help, fights to appeal his murder convictions. (Trailer)
- Notes From The Field - A film based on the one-woman play by Anna Deavere Smith that dramatizes accounts from students, teachers, and parents caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. (Learn More)
- Mandela - A 1996 documentary that focuses on the life of Nelson Mandela. (Available Here)
Bail Reform & Assistance
Many Black people are unable to afford bail and are often stuck behind bars for incredibly minor offences or for no clear reason at all. Kalief Browder’s tragic story is an example of why we need bail reform now. Vox also has a handy explainer for those who need clarification on what that means exactly. Below are links to donate to bail funds and a list of lawyers offering pro-bono services to anyone arrested while protesting.
Black Lives Matter is merely a slogan if we do not dismantle the systems that create racial injustice. The work necessary includes police abolition, education, housing and healthcare reform, dismantling capitalism, and rethinking ideas/standards of beauty. Below are resources and more information about how and what needs to be done.
Our friends at ARRAY have created a learning companion to Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us. The materials are for students in grades nine and above as a resource for those looking to further their knowledge of social justice and advocacy.
- Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
- The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
- Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
- Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings
- White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- He Filmed The Killing Of Eric Garner—And The Police Punished Him For It
- There’s Never Been a More Urgent Moment to Build Black Americans’ Trust in the Medical System
- Why Are More Black Women Dying From the Most Common Reproductive Cancer?
- The Secret to Saving the Lives of Black Mothers and Babies
- ‘Teaching for Black Lives’ — a handbook to fight America’s ferocious racism in (virtual or face-to-face) classrooms
- The sordid history of housing discrimination in America
Much of the progress we’ve made in America is due to Black members of th LGBT community putting their lives at risk on the frontlines of protests. It is urgent that we include the community in all discussions when we talk about the injustice Black people face in our country. Consider the below material:
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
- Decolonizing Trans/Gender 101 by b. Binaohan
- Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays by R. Eric Thomas
- Another Country by James Baldwin
- Sylvia Riveria's "Y’all Better Quiet Down" Speech
- Black Trans People Are Disrespected In Life And Barely Acknowledged In Death – Our Lives Matter Too
- What Critics of Dwyane Wade’s Daughter Get Wrong About Trans Children
- Happy Birthday, Marsha! - a fictional short film by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel that imagines activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in the hours before the Stonewall riots. (Learn More)
- Pariah - Directed by Dee Rees, this 2011 film tells the story of a 17-year-old Black girl embracing her identity as a lesbian. (Find Out More)
- Moonlight - This Academy Award-winning film from Barry Jenkins is a coming-of-age drama that follows a young man’s journey from boyhood to manhood as he explores his identity and sexuality. (More Information)
- I Am Not Your Negro - This 2016 documentary by Raoul Peck transforms James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript for Remember This House into a call to action. (Learn More)
It is important that Black people focus on their mental health and self-care whenever the need arises. Here is a list of resources for those who may need someone to talk to.
- New York State Office of Mental Health
- The Okra Project
- The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
- Therapy For Black Girls
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Recommendations from filmmakers who participated in our Tribeca Talks At Home: Race & the Industry series:
Cortney Wills: Listen to TheGrio’s “Dear Culture” podcast, a weekly look at the issues impacting Black America.
Carlos Javier Ortiz, Raquel Cepeda, and Stefon Bristol: Watch Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, which Ortiz says represents “the melting pot” of the U.S.
Phillip Youmans: Watch James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni’s Soul! talk about dealing with the realities of being Black in the U.S.
Warrington Hudlin: Join an online forum, like CastandCrewofColor.org, to share information and strategies with your community.