“This August, we remember Mike Brown. But we also remember the Watts Rebellion, and the trauma of Katrina – three distinct periods of resistance prompted or exacerbated by police violence.Resistance, for so many of us, is duty, not choice.”
Read the entire essay here: Ferguson and beyond: how a new civil rights movement began – and won’t end | DeRay McKesson
9 talks to help you understand racism in America
For black Americans, the far-reaching effects of racism are felt daily. From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these speakers take an honest look at everyday realities and illuminate the way forward.
“I can no more safely forget racism than a sea captain can forget about waves and weather. It must be heeded and understood to be navigated, and if I refuse, I will drown. I may drown anyway, despite my best efforts. That is not in my hands, and in a strange way it is freeing to know that even perfection might not be enough.”
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Slow Poison by Ezekiel Kweku — Even if the police don’t kill me, a lifetime of preparing for them to just might.