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June 12, 2020


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Once again we are dedicating most of our newsletter to providing resources concerning social injustice and anti-racism. As we mentioned last week, everything in these newsletters is now cross-posted on the front page of the San Diego Participant Observer to allow more convenient access to these resources. Because the sheer number of resources that we are sharing, eventually we will run low on things to share with a general audience. But that day is not today'"now is not the time to lift our collective foot off the gas for becoming better informed and smarter and more effective in our struggle for equality and justice. We have a long road ahead of us, but with concerted effort, we can, and indeed must, make that road shorter. Quite literally, lives are at stake. Over time headlines and protests will undoubtedly diminish, but we promise that we will continue to make enabling and encouraging greater equality an essential and prominent part of what The Worldview Project does as an organization. Our ears, eyes and hearts are open to learning how we can become better, more responsible and conscientious citizens who can do our part to face uncomfortable truths and take actions that will usher in long overdue changes in our country and in our world. Like we said about the Coronavirus, we are all in this together. Here as some additional resources that you may find useful:

Books

Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage by Leslie Houts Picca and Joe R. Faegin. Many consider universities and colleges bastions of liberalism equality but these journal entries collected from white students at 28 different colleges paint a different picture.
The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions by Vilna Bashi Treitle A historical look at the successive waves of immigration and their changing hierarchical positions in American society due to patterns of discrimination.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
Racist America: Roots Current Reality & Future Reparations by Joe R. Faegin. Based on 200 recent studies, a closer look at how racism is woven into American culture. Becoming anti-racist begins with examining our own myths and beliefs.
White Rage by Carol Anderson. A look at the extreme and sometimes violent backlash against Black progress in America.
Black Americans by Alphonso Pinkney. A sociological look at Black experience in America and socio-economic and political mechanism that impede justice and equality.
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Maryann Erigha. The award winning book on how Black bodies were and are sacraficed for our health.
Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City by Elijah Anderson Gain a better understanging of the effects of poverty, lack of opportunity and de-facto segregation has on Black communities.
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Woodson. Many consider that the royal road to achievement is education. But what if education is more a matter of indoctrination than empowerment? This classic book lays out the repercussions.
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton. The system is not accidental.
The N Word: Who Can Say, Who Shouldn’t and Why by Jabari Asim. The legacy of a work. If you are confused about the matter, this should help.
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. As African American scholar The most influential African American of the nineteenth century, Douglass made a career of agitating the American conscience.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. A memoir written by Patrisse Khan-Cullors who is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Articles and Online Resources:

The Psychology of Taking a Knee by Jeremy Adam Smith, Dacher Keltner, What does it mean to kneel? What emotions and beliefs does this action communicate? Does your culture or group membership affect how you see gestures like kneeling? from Greater Good Magazine
15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest by Sarah Schwartz from Education Week Teacher
Anti-Racism Resources by Sarafina Nance
15+ Tools and Resources to Challenge Racism from Compass Point
Anti-Racism Toolkit from APTR (Association for Prevention Teaching and Research)
Corporate Donations Tracker from Forbes Magazine. Here Are The Companies Giving Millions To Anti-Racism Efforts.
What Does ‘Defund The Police’ Mean? A KPBS podcast clarifying what is meant by "defunding the police", it's all about optimizing resource allocation and not leaving so many problems for police to fix. Professor Christy Lopez from Georgetown Law School on Midday Edition.
Do You Know How Divided White And Black Americans Are On Racism? by Ryan Best and Kaleigh Rogers. We indeed have a long road ahead of us to change minds and worldviews.

Legal Resources for Those Seeking Legal Aid or Wanting to Volunteer (Thank you Jon!)

Note: Generally, there is a barrier to volunteering with a legal services organization since a law license/student status is required to ethically provide assistance to legal clients. The below are available free services that specialize in providing pro bono help for criminal and related issues. Laypersons are not necessary in most legal clinics or offices. However, there may be other opportunities. Please see links.

• San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
Volunteer Link
(619) 525-1485
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Issues: Criminal

• Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Volunteer Link
2990 Viewridge Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
Issues: Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence

• American Civil Liberties Union for San Diego and Imperial County
Volunteer Link
PO Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138-7131

Bail for Protester Funds from Time Magazine.
Where to Donate to Help Protests from Rolling Stone Magazine. Bail funds, legal aid, and other organizations working to help activists seeking justice for George Floyd and other victims of police violence.

Absolutely central to social injustice is economic equity and opportunity. Here are a list of Black owned restaurants in San Diego:
Black Owned Restaurants in San Diego courtesy of San Diego magazine.
&bull: Lists of Black Owned Restaurants Elsewhere Don't live in San Diego? Check out these lists for cities and towns across America. Courtesy of Bon Apetite.

Television and Film
Another avenue to learn more about social justice affecting communities of color is to watch TV series and Movies directed by, written by and starring people of color.

Insecure (United States) Hulu, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, HBO Max

Insecure was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 televisions series of 2017. The show revolves around two Black women who are best friends who attended Stanford together. The fictional show explores the experiences of the two women (one works for a nonprofit that helps junior high school students and the other is corporate attorney). The show's creator and lead actor in the series, Issa Rae, says the goal was for the show to explore "The complexities of 'blackness' and the reality that you can’t escape being black" and "We’re just trying to convey that people of color are relatable. This is not a hood story. This is about regular people living life."

Queen Sugar (United States) Hulu, YouTube TV, Fubo, iTunes, Google Play

Based on a novel of the same name by Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar is a contemporary drama about three siblings who live in rural Louisiana, not far from New Orleans. After their father passes away his daughter, Charlie, inherits his 800 acre sugar cane farm and Charlie along with her teenage son move from Los Angeles back to Louisiana to manage the farm. The show is unique as each of the episodes is directed by a woman. The show's characters confront many of the issues that affect Black people in America such as racial profiling, the continuing and embedded after effects of slavery, unequal social justice and more. The show has been recently renewed for a 5 series. The series was created by Ava DuVernay who also wrote and directed several of the episodes. Oprah Winfrey is an executive producer and the show is produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network. You can find out more about the show Here.
Movies

Selma (United States) Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play iTunes, Vudu

A documentary about the events and social conditions leading up to and through the 1965 marches in Selma, Alabama supporting voting rights. In a democracy nothing is more important than the rights related to voting. Despite gains made since the 1960s is it still one of the most critical issues facing America. The film chronicles a series of peaceful protests and marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Amelia Boynton, John Lewis, James Bevel and others that were brutally attacked by segregationists and the Alabama state police. The marches were televised and many Americans reacted in horror to what they saw. The marches are considered to be pivotal to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which has been widely successful in protecting minority voting rights. Until the presidency of Donald Trump, the Voting Rights Act has be supported, expanded and extended by every American president, both Republicans and Democrats. Late last year the House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 4) to reinstate and bolster the Voting Rights Act, but only only one house Republican voted for the bill and the McConnell led Senate killed the bill by "referring it to committee". The Georgian primary held this Tuesday overwhelming proves the necessity of such protections.

I Am Not Your Negro (United States) Amazon Prime, You Tube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes

I Am Not Your Negro is a film by Haitian filmmaker and former Haitian Minister of Culture, Raoul Peck. The film was inspired by and unfinished book manuscript for a book by James Baldwin. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson the film revolves around Baldwin's incisive observations about race and racism in America and his thoughts and memories of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The film is "illustrated" by extensive archival footage, some of which was filmed right up to the year the film was released in 2016. Baldwin doesn't shy away from speaking uncomfortable truths that are tragically as relevant today as they were when Baldwin was alive (he died in France in 1987). As true today as it has been for centuries Baldwin says "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced" and "“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we are literally criminals."

You can find a huge Pinterest page of movies and TV series featuring African-American actors, casts, directors and stories here.
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