Dear WGS Community,I wish that I were writing under different circumstances, again.In the midst of the global pandemic and in this time of ongoing protest of police killings of unarmed African Americans and pervasive White supremacy, it’s important that we support each other. For White people, it’s important that we support Black lives with more than platitudes and press releases. It is time, however, for action. In the spirit of #BlackOutTuesday, here are some resources that have been circulating in our social networks over the past few days. We (the WGS core faculty) hope these may be useful to some of you. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and we will send other resources each week in June that will focus on racial justice, consciousness-raising, coalition building, and social transformation.75 Actions for Racial Justice: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzuOlyyQlugThe African American Policy Forum: https://aapf.orgINCITE! Women of Color Collective: https://incite-national.org/resources-for-organizing/Black Mama’s Bail Out: https://nationalbailout.org/black-mamas-bail-out/Locally: @knoxvillesblackmamasbailoutThe Bail Project: bailproject.orgRace: The Power of an Illusion (film and resources) https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/Anti-racism Resources for White People: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1Fn5Yp0JpyUM1-Lth5H_-wr2bA3j5ADctoqIUa_iQmXquKBYbDE97sxUUDismantling Racism Resources: https://www.dismantlingracism.org/resources.html?fbclid=IwAR1qLTwd-kD6p23tYmrhzqJjvYGyZv5aGFNRVlz9e5N2wttug3jcLub3wWEBlack Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV3nnFheQRo&feature=youtu.bePhiladelphia MOVE Bombing Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpbGgysqE4cThe 1619 Project: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html (also available at lib.utk.edu)30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn about Race and Racism: https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/white-americans-learn-race/Movement for Black Lives: https://m4bl.org (see especially The Platform)Southerners on New Ground: https://southernersonnewground.orgReading toward Abolition: A Reading List on Policing Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness: https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/reading-towards-abolition-a-reading-list-on-policing-rebellion-and-the-criminalization-of-blackness/?fbclid=IwAR3yRqr1_V6CYZfO_NVPMZ3vFJyJkG9bLMsfeqIuH00TBztslh56RsRVwOcBlack womxn on Twitter to listen to and amplify their voices:Tressie McMillan Cottom
Black Women Radicals
@ProfessorCrunkTo all members of our community, and especially our Black students and students of color: if there is anything at all you need from the WGS faculty—if there are things that we can do to support you—please reach out. We are here for you; you matter. Even though we are scattered across the country and world right now, you are in our thoughts.In solidarity,-Patrick R. Grzanka, WGS Chair/Associate Professor, Psychologyp.s. Happy Pride! Remember, the first one was a riot. Follow @lgbt_history on IG.
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