"I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
-"Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]"
Seeing all of the resources and links for petitions, readings, fundraisers, and the large outcry of support going around on social media can be simultaneously exciting and disheartening to see especially when the phrase "white silence is violence" has also become a popular sentiment. While your friends, coworkers, favorite celebrities, and more speaking out may seem like a massive step towards progress, we must begin to question how social media has changed the landscape of activism and our expectations of what modern-day activism should look like. A post with information and a cute graphic is nice, and the sentiment is there, but that in and of itself is not activism; it must go beyond that because too often do we see that people are willing to make a quick and easy post, but not to speak out when those around them are actively racist or to accept and understand that some of their own behavior may need to be checked. That being said, not all activism has to be seen online or proven with pictures to be real or effective.
This article from 2018 by Katherine Dario, though written primarily with social media activism during the Women's March in mind, discusses how exactly a lot of online activism can and has become performative and why this can be harmful to the movements you're trying to support.
Read the full article here.
Films Currently Free on Criterion Collection
Head to criterionchannel.com/browse to watch
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996)
MY BROTHER'S WEDDING (1983)
BLACK MOTHER (2018)
PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967)
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE (1968)
LOSING GROUND (1982)
BLACK PANTHERS (1970)
DOWN IN THE DELTA (1998)
CANE RIVER (1982)
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)
BODY AND SOUL (1925)
spanish — @frutamala
korean — @soapshin
vietnamese — @aphamphotos @khang_guru
japanese — @sekifox @humblebeanbento
cantonese — @96step @eugreenia
more mandarin — @amandalhan @baby_deee @yina.wang
fuzhounese — @ennaxordx @sica_xx
traditional chinese w/ 注音 — @joycetriestodomusic
russian — @katya.kisel
tagalog — @justine.gilbuena / @jc.gilbuena
tamil — @prinita.thevarajah
ukrainian — @kuryleaks
farsi — @sabasaghafi
indonesian — @keziasetyawan
greek — @agiannetos
hindi — @sareenadubey
Know Your Rights
These pocket-sized know-your-rights (KYR) booklets are designed to be a practical resource for people dealing with law enforcement. The 16-page primer advises people of their rights when confronted by FBI agents or the Department of Homeland Security. It also includes information for noncitizens and minors. These booklets are available for free download below. Printed booklets (in English, Spanish, Arabic) can be obtained by going to nlg.org/kyrbooklets.
We also have a KYR guide during COVID-19, produced in collaboration with Vision Change Win. It is a living document, and continues to be updated.
Taken from The National Lawyers Guild
*suspected counterfeit bill
2020年5月25日，警方在明州最大城明尼亚波利斯，因其在商店使用20美元假钞而逮捕了乔治•佛洛伊德 （George Floyd）。当佛洛伊德被一名白人警察官，德里克•沙文 （Derek Chauvin），戴上手铐和按在地上。过程中，这名警察官一直用他的膝盖压在佛洛伊德的颈部右边。沙文警官无视佛洛伊德的求助［我不能呼吸］、［请不要杀我］, 压迫佛洛伊德的颈部长达8分钟46秒。佛洛伊德不断叫着［妈妈］，血开始从他的鼻子渗出，渐渐不再挣扎。即使佛洛伊德已失去意识，沙文警官仍将膝盖压迫他的颈部。救护车到达现场时，佛洛伊德已经不治。隔天，警方发布，佛洛伊德当时激动的反抗了逮捕，但是根据监控录像显示，佛洛伊德当时非常冷静，没有任何反抗的征兆。从5月26号日开始，越来越多的人开始了解到这件事，感到愤怒，并且发起了游行示意。#blacklivesmatter #黑民无价
Here is the transcribed translation if anyone wants to post anything with this directly.
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