Congrats to our US-based folks! You survived Thanksgiving weekend, rife with awkward family tension, hot-button social issues, and Black Friday madness!
Following the failure to indict Darren Wilson, the past week has been busy with social activism around the nation, including the swiftly organized #BlackoutBlackFriday and #StopTheParade movements.
Here is a roundup of Ferguson-related news:
- For context: Mother Jones has a helpful infographic about the disparities between the population and police force of Ferguson that led to the death of Michael Brown.
- Police continue to disproportionately target Black men and Native Americans. It’s social science.
- Writers around the web have created beautiful tributes to Michael Brown.
- Other sites continue to provide news roundups about race in this nation and the post-Ferguson ongoing protests.
- NBC has a feature on the faces of the Ferguson protests.
- Protestors shut down bridges, mass transit, and highways around the nation.
- The Ferguson Library was flooded with donations following the protests.
- Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills ran over 540 miles from Atlanta to Ferguson in solidarity with the protestors.
- Read more about #BlackOutBlackFriday, #NotOneDime, and #HandsUpDontSpend.
- The St. Louis Rams expressed their support for the protestors with a Hands Up, Don’t Shoot gesture prior to Sunday’s game.
- A former Philadelphia police officer explains why he stands with Ferguson.
- Also standing with Ferguson, these National Guardsmen and military veterans urging their peers to stand down.
- Documentarian Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming up to produce a documentary about Ferguson.
- Flavorwire has an article on social media changing the conversations about activism but not the power structures. The article predates the more economic protests like #BlackOutBlackFriday and the crowd-sourced and funded support for local Ferguson businesses.
- Ferguson still represents a turning point in social media advocacy, activism, and organization.
- Ferguson, hardcore music, and the Angry Black Woman trope inform how one woman creates and expresses herself through music.
How to continue supporting Ferguson:
- Stay informed on Twitter and Tumblr. Be aware of the media blackouts and keep spreading news. Follow #FergusonNext.
- Email words of support to email@example.com.
- Support Ferguson small businesses and their crowd-sourcing efforts.
- Support black-owned small businesses in your community and online.
- Purchase t-shirts and other items, the proceeds of which will go to Ferguson.
- This Tumblr user made QR codes for charities around the St. Louis area, including the Ferguson Library and the Legal Defense Fund.
- Donate to the St. Louis Food Bank.
Here’s your non-Ferguson related News:
I can see why this would upset some people, but schadenfreude is one of my favorite things, so I enjoy this new Tumblr Racists Getting Fired from a distance.
Mary Hinkson, a former Martha Graham dancer, died on November 28th. You can see her in action the short film, On the Sound (1962).
Vassar professor Kiese Laymon talks about the complicated relationship between being a black faculty member at a “prestige school,” the criminalization of black and brown bodies on the campus, and tense between town-gown relations. As a “model minority” at Vassar, I never had issues with being policed, but many friends and classmates did. As a former supervisor of programs that brought local middle school and high school students to campus, we were exceptionally mindful of making sure our students were not left in a position where their very existence on the campus could raise suspicion, which speaks to how minorities are marked as safe or unsafe in “privileged” spaces. It also points to the ways some communities and colleges will never entirely be able to bridge their differences because of marked race (and class) differences.
Native American Heritage month ended on Sunday, so we continue to celebrate the work of Native poets.
President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform sparked a lot of conversation, but his current silence on the student massacre in Ayotzinapa points to the troubling U.S. role in the War on Drugs both here and abroad.
I already threw one article in here last week about the role of the white narrator in the Internet podcast sensation Serial. Buzzfeed points to the ways model minority myths help further the narratives of untrustworthy (potentially evil or malicious) characters.
In Hollywood is the WORST news, we have our whitewashed Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s Pan.
We also have everyone (namely Ridley Scott, Rupert Murdoch, and Christian Bale) associated with Exodus just generally being terribly, willfully ignorant. Praying that Sigourney Weaver keeps her mouth shut.
MTV has a new “Untitled Whiteness Project.” It’s going as well as expected, as in it’s drawing upon false notions of reverse racism and will probably do more to confuse conversations about race than help.
Samira Wiley is Out 100’s Ingenue of the Year because she is perfect.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released online, and so was people’s racist ire towards star John Boyega. Luckily, he took it all in stride.
Here is that now viral video of the Iranian woman dancing to Little Mix’s “Salute” on the train. I like to end things on an inspirational and badass note.