At the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, we are grieving the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and countless others. We stand with the Black community, with Jews of color, with communities of color, within and beyond our JCC community against all forms of hatred and oppression—and specifically against anti-Black racism.
The murder of George Floyd did not happen in a vacuum. We all have an important role to play in dismantling racism, white supremacy, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobia. Silence is complicity—we are called to take action, speak up, practice our values in our work and policies, and educate ourselves.
We have curated a list of resources below for anyone looking to deepen their understanding and begin to take action. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and we encourage you to continue learning. It’s critical that we all listen to new perspectives and challenge our own understandings of the world we live in. We hope you’ll join us.
- The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Atlantic, June 2014
- Social Change: Everyone Has a Role to (#useyourprivilege #unlearnracism) by Alterrell M.F. Mills | Medium, May 31, 2020
- Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic, May 12, 2020
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Watch + Listen:
- 13th | Available on Netflix
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
- Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility”
- Code Switch | Podcast, NPR
- 1619 | Podcast, The New York Times
- The Bail Project
- The Okra Project
- Know Your Rights Camp
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Other Resources, Reading Lists + Ways to Take Action:
- Support NYC's Black-Owned Restaurants
- Talking Race With Young Children | NPR, April 26, 2019
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism | Fractured Atlas, May 17, 2018
- How to Support Black Trans People Right Now | Paper, June 2, 2020