Awakening our Democracy: Ferguson, Charleston & Beyond - SUGGESTED READINGS
The Office of University Life hosted the second installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Nov. 5, with panelists who represent a range of perspectives and viewpoints on race, violence, policing and community safety. You can watch the livestream here. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.
- #SayHerName: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women – African American Policy Forum
- The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism & Antiracism Must Be Linked – African American Policy Forum
- Isley Brothers – Fight The Power (Parts 1 & 2)
- Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World
- The New York Times: "Mr. Skolnik took part in a panel talk at Columbia University called "Ferguson, Charleston and Beyond."
- The Case for Reparations – Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story – TED Talk
- J. Cole – Be Free (Live on The Late Show with David Letterman)
- Ani DiFranco – Subdivision
- Black churches taught us to forgive white people. We learned to shame ourselves. – Kiese Laymon, The Guardian
- Trying to Forgive the Black Church – Jamilah Lemieux, The Nation
- Kendrick Lamar – Alright
- Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – Ain’t No Such Thing As Superman
- Run the Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha – Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)
A sampling of questions from our guests:
- In what ways can we protest inequalities effectively?
- Do you believe that the conventional language of news reporting underscores racial divides over what is considered a 'riot' versus a 'protest?'
- How can I have a level-headed conversation on police brutality with a family member who does not support the black lives matter movement?
- Although race issue is not black and white anymore, why hasn't our society gone beyond this discrimination, hatred and disrespect?
- Is there enough attention to this subject in academia, in terms of programs, courses and research? (for instance, is the fact that Criminology programs/ studies are taught mostly outside of big mainstream universities such as Columbia conducive/ harmful to the cause?)
- How does the university factor into this?
- Can you please talk a little bit about the implications and effects of the backlashes embodied by #alllivesmatter and, more recently, #bluelivesmatter, to the #blacklivesmatter movement?
Do you have ideas and questions for panelists? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org - and include your name, UNI, school and year.