We want to educate – ourselves and others.
We are a predominantly white editorial board.
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We posted black boxes on #BlackOutTuesday. We don’t want it to start and end there, we don’t want to participate in woke washing.
We understand that we know nothing.
We understand that it’s not enough to simply not be racist, we understand that we need to actively be anti-racist.
We understand that we will never not be done learning.
We understand that we need to educate ourselves, that it is no one else’s job to educate us.
We do however, ask you for your thoughts and voice if you decide to share it with us.
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As we’re all struggling with the adequate sources and are overwhelmed and yet craving for more, we have thought to collectively share what has been brought to our attention over the last few weeks and what has helped us to process and to educate ourselves. For this, the editorial team has picked some of their go-to social media accounts, books, movies and podcasts that we would like to share with you.
We don’t want to read/write/listen out our way with these tips. We see it as a humble start with a long way to go.
Europe & Me
“Nina” by Radiolab is a very short podcast episode about Nina Simone – and how something she has said in 1968 is still so painfully relevant today. It’s beautifully told, and it is heartbreaking.
Kai Wright and his podcast “United States of Anxiety” leaves me speechless and ashamed about the injustices I am not even considering.
@liahsinq is a powerful Instagram account run by a photographer from New Haven.
Follow @Inweatherspoon for her photographic storytelling on Instagram.
Emmanuel Acho has a series called “Uncomfortable conversations with a Black man” and you can watch them on his Instagram @emmanuelacho and they are as uncomfortable as important.
Tervor Noah on the emotions attached to watching the George Floyd video.
The recent acts of state-sponsored police violence in the US are neither ‘new’ nor ‘unprecedented’, but embedded in a larger institutional and historical context; to learn more, check out this free online course by the University of Michigan on Police Brutality in America.
If you want to read more about race in the US, the New York Times’ 1619 project is one place to start.
For more current (and aural) coverage, listen to NPR’s Code Switch podcast.
Racism is not an exclusively American phenomenon, read Yassine Boubout’s article in Politico.
Deconstructing white privilege with Robin DiAngelo, and her book White Fragility.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Read, listen, learn. Vote. Protest. And, if you can, spend your money in businesses led by non-white entrepreneurs, and donate your money or time to anti-racist organisations.
This list is neither comprehensive nor complete. It’s a beginning, and a commitment to do better.
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