Define: Social Injustice
so·cial in·jus·tice – the term for what happens when the dominant population is made aware of the inequity that results for others due to their relative position in the power structure.
At this point, if you’re reading this, I’m hoping that you understanding of the situation at hand in America right now – Black Lives Matter, and that is ALL BLACK LIVES – so I’ll preface this with, if you disagree or your automatic reaction is to say “Yeah, but..” then this isn’t the article for you – I am compiling the following resources for anyone who wants to be more educated and those who feel called to do more but don’t necessarily know where to start. The following information has been pulled from various social media accounts, articles and my own research – I will tag the accounts and sites this information was pulled from below.
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Y. Davis
Nothing about this situation is new – Social injustice, racial inequality and systemic oppression have been a problem in our country for as long as we have been a nation of our own (which is another nightmare of a story, but that’s not why we’re here). The wake-up call finally came when blatant police brutality was displayed for the world to see, and the victim was a Black man – and I don’t care what anyone believes about his past (and also, please save your statistics because in most cases, the proper research hasn’t been done) – at that moment, George Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill and was murdered in the streets – Period – and if you see it any different way, we are not the same.
As a society we have to do better. We need reform in our education system like you wouldn’t believe, we need to address healthcare in general, but primarily the current racial inequalities in healthcare, and then we need to address the lack of continued education and training that is currently required in law enforcement. It is no longer enough to sit idly by, keeping our mouths shut. It is 2020 and it is time for everyone to fully understand the truth in Black History and the lack of progress we’ve allowed towards REAL equality in our country.
- What can you do to support POC in your community?
- What are local or state politicians’ policies on police brutality, the current situation and how are they responding?
- When was the first time you remember being informed on race, culture and the inequalities that come along with them?
- How do you plan on helping fight to end racial discrimination and systemic oppression – and if you don’t know how, are you willing to take the steps to find out how?
- How will you focus on being an anti-racist, rather than “not racist.”
- What do you want to learn more about?
- “13th” by Ava DuVernray – Watch on Netflix
- “American Son” by Kenny Leon – Watch on Netflix
- “Clemency” by Chinonye Cukwu – Available for rent on most streaming platforms
- “Dear White People” by Justin Simien – Watch on Netflix
- “Just Mercy” by Destin Daniel Cretton – Available for rent on most streaming platforms
- “The Angry Eye Experience” by Jane Elliott- Available here
- “When They See Us” by Ava DuVernray – Watch on Netflix
- “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo – Purchase here
- “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X Kendi – Purchase here
- “Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon – Purchase here
- “How We Fight White Supremacy” by Akiba Solomon – Purchase here
- “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander – Purchase here
- “Biased” by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt – Purchase here
- “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo – Purchase here
- “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo – Purchase here
- “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Purchase here
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- National Bailout
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Visions Collective
- Campaign Zero
- Color of Change
- The Innocent Project
- I Run With Maud
- Justice For Breonna
If you have further resources and information, please post them below! Any negative comments will not be tolerated and will be immediately deleted. This is not a matter for debate – it’s a matter of humanity.