GoodGamesWriting, Liftoff! teams stand against racism.
Protests have erupted across the United States and are spreading to countries the world over. Why? Because the lives of black people are treated as lesser, as inferior, as other.
That is unacceptable.
Whether it was the asphyxiation of George Floyd, the alleged murder of Regis Korchinski-Paquet by police throwing her off a balcony, or any of the dozens of others that needlessly lose their lives each year, it’s clear there is a problem. But who’s listening?
Protests, riots, revolutions are the language of the unheard; they don’t, nor should they, follow the rules of “good society” because “good society” is complicit in the wrongdoing. This inequality is systemic and it must change.
We stand with those reclaiming their towns and cities.
We stand with those fighting against racism.
We stand with victims and their families.
We stand with the unheard.
We stand with #BlackLivesMatter.
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Being an Ally
Friend of GoodGamesWriting Aiden Strawhun has an incredible resource master list for times like these. Find it here.
Protesting and Amplifying
What to Know Before Heading to a Protest – Teen Vogue
How to protest safely in the age of surveillance – WIRED
These Apps are Helping People Document Police Abuse – Huffington Post
Protester’s rights – ACLU
An activist’s guide to safer protesting – Ontario Federation of Labour
Scrubbing images (faces, metadata) – Twitter user everestpipkin
But, but, but…what’s the plan?
It’s here. 10 Points. That’s it. When people are saying it’s too complicated to solve police brutality, or end racial tensions, or that no plan exists…point them here.
Top image: “Students march because Black Lives Matter” by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr