Many white people find themselves confronted by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and respond by saying “all lives matter,” thoroughly missing the point. It can be hard to help them see what’s wrong with their sentiment, but here’s a quick and helpful explanation to which to point them.
Here’s a powerful set of reflections from kids talking about race:
Many people in dismantling racism contexts do some kind of “privilege walk exercise” as a way to help participants see the diversity of experiences people bring into this work, as well as the systemic nature of racial oppression. Here’s a video which has been widely shared recently, talking about one such exercise. This link includes the list of questions used.
It often is the case that white people have little or no grasp of the history of enslavement in the US. Here’s a powerful essay by a woman who once led tours at a slavery museum, with the set of questions she was often asked.
Brave New Films has a short pithy film out — Racism is Real — that explores some of the many statistics available concerning structural and systemic racism. This three minute film documents why we need to continue to work on civil rights enforcement — many of the laws currently on the books in MN, for instance, are not being enforced. And charter schools, to give one example in MN, are exempt from civil rights laws. The credits at the end of the film reference the various studies.
UPDATE: The Washington Post has chimed in to affirm this piece, and more than 10 million people have viewed it as of today.
This is an excellent and brief description of what’s wrong with cultural appropriation (as opposed to cultural exchange):
The Color of Fear is a powerful film created in 1994 around a set of discussions with a diverse group of men around issues of race. It’s a film that definitely requires thoughtful engagement and trained facilitation to use, but has been transformative in multiple contexts. Stir Fry Seminars (who created it), also publishes a guide to using it.