Black Lives Matter: Resources to Learn, Grow, and Do Better

Recently, the news and our streets have been lit with the injustice inflicted on George Floyd’s life, which was cut short by a police officer’s knee to his neck. But this recent killing echos the terrible injustices that have transpired in this country since its inception. Let’s think on Trevon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, Amodou Diallo, Walter Scott, Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and the countless other Black people who did and did not make it on the mainstream news. All victims of racial prejudice who were unjustly killed.

Being a person of color in America is a deeply complex and personal truth. As a person who is biracial and bicultural, my view of the world has been shaped most by the people I’ve met and the books I’ve read. In an effort for us to do better as an organization, we’ve compiled this list of resources so that we at Demandbase can learn, grow, and do better together.

We recognize there are many deeply compelling works of literature and social commentary, and organizations that are doing the work. We haven’t attempted to capture them all here. Additionally, many lists are being shared right now across social media and websites, which may include some of these resources and others. But we’ve decided to share our own, baseline assemblage in the hope that it might meaningfully contribute to the discussions we’re having in our broader communities.

Read and Listen

Blogs and Podcasts

A History of a Just & Peaceful Future, a blog by Clayborne Carson, Stanford University historian
1619, a podcast from The New York Times that examines the long shadow of American slavery
Pod for the Cause, a podcast by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Books

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
An account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to permanent second-class status.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A book of nonfiction written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.

We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A collection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates originally from The Atlantic magazine between 2008 and 2016, over the course of the American Barack Obama administration.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Explores how, while individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group.

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi
A novel that tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university.

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
An attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Give

George Floyd Memorial Fund
Justice for Breonna Taylor
I Run With Maud
LoveLand Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
KIPP (KIPP Bay Area Public Schools)
Know Your Rights Camp
NAACPLDF (NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund)

Organizations to help businesses and nonprofits rebuild in Minnesota:

African Economic Development Status
Neighbors United Funding Collaborative
The Lake Street Council

Act

Justice for George Floyd Petition
Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition
Black Lives Matter
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Showing Up for Racial Justice, SURJ Bay Area
StandAgainstRacism