Like so many other people, I’ve watched the news surrounding the death of George Floyd with outrage, disappointment and confusion.
Outrage and disappointment that another Black man has died at the hands of a police officer there to protect the community, and confusion around what I could do to help.
The Blackout Tuesday and The Show Must Be Paused movements have given a real shape that has allowed some awkward white people (myself included) to get involved.
I know I have white privilege, and I also know that I can’t ever really understand the true extent of that privilege.
For now, let me mute myself and raise up some of the Black voices and productions I most admire:
- Angie Thomas: author of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up
- Tayari Jones: author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: author of Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun and We Should All Be Feminists
- Benjamin Zephaniah: poet and activist
- Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors: founders of the Black Lives Matter movement and authors of When They Call You A Terrorist
- Queen and Slim (film)