On Blackout Tuesday, a number of people posted a black square in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone can agree it is a good thing that more people are aware of the injustices faced by the black community. However, racism and inequity didn’t magically disappear that day (as evidenced by the election). So, now what? What should the black square people do next to move our society toward equity? Join the Jilted Indians as they discuss allyship and anti-racism.
Listen to Season 4, Episode 3:
Season 4 is on Spotify
We begin this [longer than normal] episode acknowledging the loss of Civil Rights Icons, pioneers, and trailblazers in Black excellence and equality Katherine Johnson (100), the honorable John Lewis (68), Little Richard (87), Reverend CT Vivian (97), and the 1st Black Tennis Player to go professional Bob Ryland (100).
A recap of the violence against the Black community at the hands of the police and white supremacists kicked off our discussion regarding the “black square” social media posts.
A significant amount of time was spent on the police killings of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Jacob Blake, George Floyd, and the cover-up regarding the murder of Ahmaud Arbery by white supremacists who worked with police. In response to evidence of extra-judicial killings committed with impunity, there have been protests. awareness campaigns, countless opportunities to express solidarity with a community in pain. However, what ended up happening one day in June was a plethora of black squares posted on social media with a promise to take some time to learn more about the issue. “Blackout Tuesday” was also show of solidarity that started within the music industry by Black women, was co-opted by all of social media. The co-opting of Black Womxn’s labor was a large part of what we talked about later in the episode.
Florida Voting Rights Restoration
Racial Tensions & the Mueller Report
- Social Dilemma Documentary is available on Netflix
We discussed the Navy Vet who was victimized by white supremacists and how the US Government was gassing protesters, including the Mayor of Portland.
Share the Mic Now (#ShareTheMicNow)
We talked about Sonya Renee Taylor last episode. She is the author and body positive activist who went viral for an Instagram post regarding white allies speaking to their families about white supremacy.
Instances where Black Women’s Labor was Co-Opted
- Wall of Moms: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/news-and-city-life/2020/08/the-complicated-rise-and-swift-fall-of-portland-s-wall-of-moms-protest-group
- Naked Athena: https://www.theroot.com/behold-white-people-1844445959
- Anti-Choice appropriating BLM: https://prospect.org/power/anti-choice-activists-dishonor-black-history-co-opting-language-blacklivesmatter/
- White women center themselves in #MeToo: https://qz.com/work/1147950/metoo-hijacked-black-womens-work-on-race-and-gender-equality/
Finally, if you haven’t read the award-winning 1619 Project from MacArthur [Genius] Grant recipient journalist Nikole Hannah Jones, rectify that immediately.
Post-Episode Breonna Taylor Updates
As stated in the episode, we recorded this episode before the 2020 Elections. Since that recording, members of the grand jury have been coming forward stating that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) misrepresented the proceedings, and only offered a single charge against a single officer for them to consider during indictment proceedings. KY House of Representative member, Attica Scott wrote an op ed about Breonna’s Law which would place limits on no-knock warrants within the state. In that Washington Post piece, Ms. Scott also covers the false arrest we discussed in this episode. Visit https://justiceforbreonna.org/ for a list of action items you can take to help.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIRECT ACTION
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM
- Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/six-years-strong/
- Defund the Police: https://www.aclu.org/news/criminal-law-reform/defunding-the-police-will-actually-make-us-safer/
- Prison Abolition:
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis (free PDF)
Ta Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me (HBO Special)
Austin Channing Brown – I’m Still Here
Ibram X. Kendi – How to Be Antiracist
- Louisville Community Bail Fund
- Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
- Support small businesses, to learn more about the grassroots movement to create a hub for Black owned businesses to showcase their culinary arts to the stomachs of DFW. Visit DFW Black Owned Restaurants for more info: https://www.dfwbors.com/#/
Transcript of Season 4, Episode 3
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