Knock-Knock. Who's There? Racism.

Some resources I've found helpful in educating myself on the current state of affairs.

I have been seeing a lot of cringy articles & essays by white people on the subject of racism in America right now. I find a lot of these well-intentioned pieces to be quite pointless, awkward, and offer little other than to give the person a “see, I’m not a racist” card to hand out at woke parties. (Kay Bolden sums it up pretty well in this piece). Instead of adding my bullshit to that list, I thought I’d use this week’s newsletter to share some words of other people that have helped me to learn and gather a fuller scope on the current dialogue around racism and police reform in America.

Some things to watch:

Amber Ruffin Shares a Lifetime of Traumatic Run-Ins with Police

8:46 - Dave Chappelle

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Minneapolis Protests - All Gas No Brakes

Some things to read:

6 Reasons 'All Lives Matter' Doesn't Work—in Terms Simple Enough for a Child

Why Racism Feels the Way it Does

Editorial: Five things ‘Defund the police’ is not

Reflections from a Token Black Friend

A Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Explains Why This Time Is Different

Bonus (Listen)

Pod Save the People - What Science Says About Police

No, I did not link any articles or videos from conservative news outlets like FOX or Breitbart to have a well-rounded dialogue responsibly listening to all sides of the argument. Not because I’m a narrow-minded liberal toadie. I just think they’re a bunch of fucking idiots.

*If there are any more articles or videos you think I should include, feel free to comment below or email me.

If you’re curious what I’ve been up to this month, I’ve had two new creative nonfiction pieces published in Star 82 Review:

Forty Cents Worth of a Story 

Lost in Isolation 

A short fiction/humor piece published in Down in the Dirt Magazine:

Invasion of Fundiks 

And I interviewed an erotic photographer about sexualizing fruit for Sexography:

The Art of Sexualizing Fruit with Dainis Graveris