Recently I’ve noticed a lot of people unfriending people on Facebook who don’t agree with them about Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the #blacklivesmatter movement in general. And of course, the counter cry of: please DON’T unfriend these people spewing nonsense. Engage with them. Try to change their minds! Especially if you’re white! Do you expect people of color to have to do ALL the work dismantling the system?
But what about people who are liberal and relatively unprejudiced, who really just don’t know what is going on? Who think that all this outrage over a few police-encounters-gone-bad are reactions to isolated incidents? Often these people are older white folks who are isolated from the black community, or do not have a facebook account where their friends post tons of articles about race and police brutality.
So I’ve put together a brief reading list as resource for you who have family members who need educating about what is going on. Most of the links I’ve posted are from relatively mainstream sources that should be easier for older, non-millennial folks to digest. The less mainstream articles at least cite their sources well. Obviously these don’t cover everything, but it’s a start. If you find yourself struggling to explain things, hopefully these links will help answer some of the questions your family might have. Continue reading