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Mon, Jun 01, 2020

Black Lives Matter

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

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.

If you are interested in learning more about work being done across the country and what you can do to help we've compiled a list of resources on the movement below.

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Listen to the Podcast Code Switch

Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity. Talking about race can lead to some uncomfortable conversations, but not talking about race can lead to some uncomfortable outcomes, to say the least. Tune in to this weekly podcast to have those messy, uncomfortable, essential conversations with the nuance and depth they deserve.

We recommend The Code Switch Guide To Race And Policing to start!

Stay Informed

We will keep this list updated with more resources

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

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.

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

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

Videos

Podcasts

TV Shows & Movies

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — 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.