Hey, So Black Lives Matter

June 4, 2020

It’s fucked up that cops routinely get away with murdering black people.

And before you interrupt, yes, a lot of people routinely get murdered by cops. The numbers just happen to skew disproportionately towards black people. And racial and ethnic minorities being brutalized by police is not just an American problem either, although American policing has a unique history (that is: the history of institutionalized white supremacy) that leads to this culture of unwarranted brutality. Also: Even if it were true, arguing that everyone is victimized by law enforcement equally is just an incredibly bad argument when trying to shut town discussions on justice reform.

I don’t have anything useful to add to this conversation. Just look at that picture over there to the right of this post to see why.

And I don’t do well in large crowds either. Nor have I been able to donate a whole lot of money to various funds and causes. But I do have a couple small platforms I can use to help boost others’ voices and maybe dispel some of the commonly circulated myths about the revered difference between “peaceful protest” and “riots”. So here are some resources and articles from people smarter than I am.

Where to Donate to Help People Fighting for Racial Justice

A list of orgs you can donate to, including bail funds from every state (except D.C. ofc) and funds for the families of victims of police brutality and murder.

Ways to Help

An incredibly comprehensive listing of info, petitions, donation links and educational resources that has been passed around Twitter these past few days.

Stream to Donate Video

All AdSense revenue from this video will be donated, so turn off your adblock and let the video run. The pinned comment also explains how to make the most out of repeated watches.

Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.

By Mychal Denzel Smith

What I mean when I say I want to abolish the police

By Victoria Gagliardo-Silver.

CONTENT WARNING: The Independent’s website has an autoplaying video depicting police violently arresting protesters. You do not need to watch this video to read or understand the text of the article.

This Isn’t Rioting – It’s a Military Occupation

By Miles Klee.

A History of Violent Protest

Hosted by Mary Harris with guest Dr. Kellie Carter-Jackson.

If anything, please consider throwing some money towards a worthy cause, learning about the concept of police abolition and educating yourself about the insidious, ever-present thread of white supremacy running throughout the history of the United States. All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.