We are all dealing with heartbreak and frustration over the systemic racism in our country that has historically caused so much harm, and continues to result in violence and abuse of power against people of color.
The children and families we serve at CASA are often disproportionately affected by the systems that make police brutality possible. It is critical to our mission to not only speak out against injustices in our society, but to take action, and educate our community on how we can all be actively anti-racist in our daily lives.
This month, instead of our regular blog of CASA recommendations, we’ve compiled a list of books, shows, documentaries, resource documents and more that serve to amplify the Black community’s voice, and we feel can help others to learn, grow, and enact change for racial justice. Here’s what matters right now.
These shows directly address racial injustices, discrimination, and racial identity:
Little Fires Everywhere based on the book by Celeste Ng—now streaming on Hulu
When They See Us written and directed by Ava DuVernay—now streaming on Netflix
Dear White People written by Justin Simien and Njeri Brown—now streaming on Netflix
Seven Seconds created by Veena Sud—now streaming on Netflix
These documentaries highlight the same issues, as well as the inequities of our justice system:
The Innocence Files based on the work of The Innocence Project—now streaming on Netflix
13th directed by Ava DuVernay—now streaming on Netflix
Who Killed Malcolm X directed by Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen—now streaming on Netflix
Emanuel produced by Stephen Curry, Viola Davis, and Mariska Hargitay—now streaming on Amazon Prime
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega—now streaming on Netflix
Strong Island directed by Yance Ford—now streaming on Netflix
Podcasts that explore race in America, past and present:
These books for adults and children highlight systemic racism in America and how these ideas are perpetuated, tell the important stories of people of color, and can be educational sources for how to begin a journey towards anti-racism:
Books for Adults
These short but meaningful articles are a great read:
These resource documents outline the steps needed to practice anti-racism in your daily life:
Practice mindfulness with an organization that’s bringing yoga to underserved and Black communities in Texas:
To follow Ebony: @yogandahood
Instagram accounts that create educational content and amplify Black voices:
2020 Culture & Diversity CASA Recommends Advocacy June