STANDING TOGETHER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Since COVID-19 emerged on our country’s soil this past Spring, we have been creating a new
norm for how we show up, communicate, learn, work, worship, and, in essence, maintain our
overall health. Be smart, be cautious.
Abrubtly, we experienced a “Tipping Point” that riveted throughout the entire world witnessing
the tragic death of George Floyd via media coverage as he was arrested and killed in police
custody right before our very eyes. This scene shocked us, saddened us and sobered us. It
brought to a head the racial injustices of systemic racism in the U.S.

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Movies

“13th”

Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary looks into the history of systemic racism and racial inequality in America following the abolishment of slavery — except as punishment — with the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Netflix Original focuses particularly on how the prison system offered a substitute for slavery.

Watch: Youtube

 

“America to Me”

An important and engrossing limited docuseries following students (and their parents) and staff at a high school just outside Chicago. One of the points of the ten-episode series is to recognize the need for racial equity rather than equality, the issue being that not all individuals or groups of people should be treated the same way. Here, of course, it’s primarily applied to the education system.

Watch: Starz

 

“Blindspotting”

An Oakland-based mover who, while attempting to get through his final days of probation without any trouble, witnesses a White police officer kill a Black man.

Watch: Amazon

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