Things to Read.

The past few days have been incredibly emotional to say the least. The killing of both Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights not only brings more pain and anger but the videos of both also show the graphic violence of police brutality and fatal nature of white supremacy. I won’t be linking to either video and you don’t have to watch either to fully understand the violent nature of how these two men and many like them were murdered.

There are many people who are writing and tweeting about all of this in a significantly better way than I ever could so here are the things I’ve been reading and keeping in mind:

For those healing from this past week and others like it:

Things to read if you’re white like me:

Other things to keep in mind:

  • The FBI’s COINTELPRO has done a lot of work in the past to discredit movements similar to Black Lives Matter. They’ve infiltrated the Black Panthers, targeted Brown Beret activists, and have jailed and killed many in an attempt to maintain the status quo. I would not be surprised if COINTELPRO or another similar program was going on right now to discredit both the Black Lives Matter movement and organization and to eliminate any threat they deem dangerous. After all – there continues to be surveillance on activists.
  • White fear and white supremacy play a big part in everyday life.