The news these days is rough and full of pain happening all over the world: Nepal, Kenya, Iraq, on the Mediterranean, and in the streets of Baltimore. As one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Daily Geekette, I could not let this week pass without us addressing what has been going on in Baltimore. As a website, we have had only limited coverage of the issues around Ferguson and Black Lives Matter. But as a strong believer in the idea that “your liberation is bound up with mine” (a phrase that came from an Australian Aboriginal activist group, c. 1970s), I believe that, as a feminist website, we cannot ignore the oppression of others, much less the repeated killings of young black people.
However, I didn’t want to write about my feelings or share my thoughts about what is going on in a city I have never even visited. That is not my place. Instead I have created a collection of articles written by others, and some additional resources, such as people to follow on twitter. And before the list begins, I want to leave you with two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that have been very present for me as I think about this current moment in history:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
“A riot is the language of the unheard”
I want to start by highly recommending this piece from The Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To give you a taste: “When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.”
–Mic.com has also had some incredible coverage about how skewed the mainstream media has been in its representation of what’s been happening in Baltimore. It includes an image from one of the posts further below, dating back to November and the Ferguson protests.
–Jacobin Magazine wrote about the history of neglect that is one of the larger causes of the outrage bringing people to the streets: “But of the entire scene, the most salient thing wasn’t the destruction wrought by protestors — the cop car demolished, the payday loan store smashed up — but by capital: the decrepit, boarded-up row houses, hovels, and vacants in a city full of them.”
–The Baltimore Sun has not been great with some of their coverage, but this piece touches on the lie perpetrated by the police: that the gang truces were called so they could “take out” police, as opposed to what they were really for — to try and keep the peace.
—Photos of the protests compiled by Fusion
–Mic.com’s collection of “10 Images of the Baltimore Riots You Won’t Be Seeing on TV”
—This older piece is from around the time of the Ferguson decision, rounding up a series of tweets about times there were white people rioting without the same kind of backlash that we see when poor communities of color riot.
For people to follow on twitter:
–I’ve been following Deray McKesson for months now, initially because of the Ferguson protests, but he’s also now in Baltimore and has been posting about what is going on there.
–The Justice for Mike Brown tumblr recommended this public Black Lives Matter list on twitter, and this list of people on the ground in Baltimore, as well as some possible live feeds (see post for those links).
On a more personal note for me, Southerners of New Ground created this incredible document about the role of white people in the movement at this time. If you are white and questioning your role, I highly recommend reading through this document. It poses some good, difficult questions.
Lastly, if you are interested in contributing legal/bail support for those in Baltimore, you can do so here.
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