I wrote on Monday that I haven’t been able to stop reading what’s been going and honestly, that hasn’t changed. There’s still so much that’s going on and so much that’s come out just in the last couple days. I wanted to share more articles and videos to really continue putting everything in context but to also just show how horrifying things are right now.
- This Vice News Documentary from Charlottesville is Horrifying – Jack Holmes, Esquire; this 22 minute documentary is really terrifying to watch. Elle Reeve is the reporter in this video and really digs in deep to what happened this weekend and talks to the white supremacists who went to and supported the ‘Unite the Right rally’. This is one of those things I want every other “good” white person to watch because it’s incredibly horrifying but says so much about the people in the “alt-right” (read nazi/white supremacist) movement.
- How “Nice White People” Benefit from Charlottesville and White Supremacy – Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue
- A Reformed White Nationalist Speaks Out On Charlottesville – All Things Considered, KUOW/NPR
- The Truth About Women and White Supremacy – Laura Smith, The Cut
- A Letter to my Liberal Friends – Laurie Penny, The Baffler
- A Former FBI Agent on White Supremacist Groups – AJ+
- Kristin Rawls wrote a twitter thread about hidden weapon caches found in Rwanda after the genocide and how that relates to the weapon caches found in Virginia. The Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the one who said that there were weapon caches found on Pod Save the People.
Charlottesville organizers ask you to take these 8 actions – Solidarity Cville
- Trying to make sense of Charlottesville – Politically Reactive
Living as a white person not in the south means I can easily put blinders on to everything that’s happening and just move on with my day. That’s the incredibly easy but ultimately wrong way to go because it means that I’m still complicit in white supremacy. I may not be a white supremacist but my silence makes me complicit in all the wrong that’s going on and I do not want to do that.
I compiled this list (and Monday’s list) of things to read and watch because they cover incredibly difficult topics and help rip apart the idea that we live in a “post racial” society. I want to confront the many ways in which racism, white supremacy, and many other forms of oppression exist in our world today and understanding all those ways is just the start of that. There are so many different ways to continue this fight – some of these ways were written about on Twitter by Aura Bogado (thread found here).
I’ll be writing about things we as white people can do now to move forward in the fight for racial justice/equity and against racism/white supremacy soon. In the mean time, here are some things I’ve written in the past:
- How to talk about race with other white people
- Pushing Back on Privilege – Race.
- Even More Resources for White People on Race and Racism.
- Understanding Race, Racism, and White Supremacy as a White Person.