Yes, this is a response to the Philando Castile verdict that came out today. I rage donated but I have this small platform and I am going to use it. Because it was wrong. And I feel as if I do not use my voice to scream into the void then I am just perpetuating the system. I don't want say too much because there are literally millions of people who have a better understanding of race and police violence in America.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I'm not giving up on a better ending.”
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein
"We have created a caste system in this country, with African Americans kept exploited and geographically separate by racially explicit government policies. Although most of these policies are now off the books, they have never been remedied and their effects endure."
Every generation makes mistakes. Sometimes these errors are relatively harmless or easily fixed. But every so often, a misstep is so damaging that future generations are left shaking their heads in disbelief.
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives
by Gary Younge
“Herein lies one of the most tragic elements to emerge from my research: that every black parent of a teenage child I spoke to had factored in the possibility that this might happen to their kid.
by Octavia E. Butler
“I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. 'The ease seemed so frightening.' I said. 'Now I see why.'
'The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
“The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.”
“All too often, when we see injustices, both great and small, we think, That's terrible, but we do nothing. We say nothing. We let other people fight their own battles. We remain silent because silence is easier. Qui tacet consentire videtur is Latin for 'Silence gives consent.' When we say nothing, when we do nothing, we are consenting to these trespasses against us.”
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
by Marc Lamont Hill
“In other words, Blacks receive more of the kind of policing that puts them behind bars and less of the kind of policing that protects them from danger.”