The last few months have been stressful and the last week has been especially so. Between Covid19 and the unjust killing of George Floyd, there are a lot of things going on in the world right now. Speaking only for myself and as a white person, watching all of the protests unfold and seeing all the unjust deaths of marginalized people (especially black people) is heartbreaking and infuriating. Covid19, other illnesses, and environmental injustice (like pollution) are statistically more likely to kill or impact communities of color in the United States. There are a lot of factors that influence these things, including where we live or work. And many of those factors can be dictated by generations of racism. (Redlining, for example, is still having an effect on housing.)
I could go on and on about the systemic racism that has and still exists within the US. But right now, I want to highlight resources on how to learn about these issues and how to support black people and communities right now.
Films and Books
13th: A Netflix documentary from Ava Duvernay about the 13th Amendment and its impact on mass incarceration and the criminalization of black and brown people.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Time of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. This book is about the history of mass incarceration and how millions of African Americans lost their rights won by the Civil Rights Movement because of criminalization.
The Black Voices You Need To Follow On Twitter by Carlina Green
Black Lives Matters: an online resource with several ways to help, even after all this passes.
MTV’s Decoded: a YouTube series about a variety of issues like racism, misogyny, ableism, and more.
All of these things are, of course, just the beginning and I hope at least some of this is helpful. Supporting Black Lives Matter is important for everyone to do because they are people too. The reason I’m sharing all of this on Animals of the Pacific Northwest is that I believe that black lives matter and I know that black and other marginalized communities disproportionately face environmental injustice. By supporting the most marginalized people and challenging unjust systems, we ultimately make the world a better place.