Black Lives Matter

I don’t have some insightful think piece to share about the murder by police of black people in America. I’m a white man of privilege. There’s nothing original I can say that adds value to the national dialogue or that amounts to much more than virtue signalling.

I think maybe the best thing I can do is to signal boost a couple of things that I’ve seen going around. Probably you’ve already seen them. But maybe you haven’t.

One is a list of organizations that aim to help people who get into legal trouble. So, say you’re a protester who gets arrested but you don’t have bail money or money for legal fees. These organizations will help. The list is organized by state, if you like to funnel your money to local groups.

I’ve also seen a couple of book lists going around — things one might read to self-educate about racism. This list seems like a good starting point if you’re inclined to do some work in this area.

2 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter

  1. Jeff Anderson June 4, 2020 / 7:43 pm

    Thanks for this, Daryl.

    Feels like there’s so much more I want to say, and even a small but nonzero number of things worth saying, but for now I’ll just say thank you for posting this. And you’re right, of course you’re right, but it still needs to be said and shown and insisted, over and over again: Black lives matter.

  2. Paul Debraski June 17, 2020 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks Daryl. I was pleased (in a way) to see that nearly all of these books are sold out everywhere.

    It’s 15 days since this post. In that time, my 14 year old son told me he wanted to go to a protest march. I was very proud and a little ashamed that I hadn’t planned to go to one myself. Since then we have been to three different ones. I never realized that raising your voice (and your fist) with hundreds of other people could feel so powerful.

    And the more you say it, the more often you want to say it.

    Black lives matter.

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