Category Archives: web

Lament and advocacy in the face of the murder of George Floyd

Here we go again. On Monday of this week Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested George Floyd, and used a restraint hold (kneeling on his neck) that either killed him outright, or certainly contributed to his death.

Last night (Tuesday), there were protests and a march that for the most part were very calm and peaceful, until the very end when eye witnesses noted young white males involved in property damage at the police station in precinct three. The police moved in with riot gear, tear gas, mace, and rubber bullets.

This morning the cities are in shock. Four police officers who were at the scene of the original arrest have been fired. The mayor of Minneapolis and the Chief of Police have asked both the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) and the FBI to investigate.

We must lament, and we must act. This week some of the resources that are once again being shared include:

a spreadsheet of anti-oppression resources

Treaties Matter

This is a website full of useful information and educator guides for Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,  a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities CenterMinnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian that was touring during 2013. The website remains, and is a very useful tool.

Racial literacy in tech

Here’s a new report out, from the Date&Society folk, on what “racial literacy” could mean within the work of digital tech.

They write:

Racial literacy is a new method for addressing the racially disparate impacts of technology. It is a skill that can be developed, a capacity that can be expanded. To advance racial literacy in tech requires three foundations:
· An intellectual understanding of how structural racism oper- ates in algorithms, social media platforms, and technologies not yet developed;
· An emotional intelligence concerning how to resolve racially stressful situations within organizations; and
· A commitment to take action to reduce harms to communities of color.