VIDEO: Black residents in Kansas City, Missouri, say police ignored their warnings that a murderer was targeting Black women, until one of his captives escaped earlier this month. “This speaks to the violent silencing of Black women specifically, of the Black community at large here in Kansas City,” says Ryan Sorrell, founder of the Black-led independent newspaper Kansas City Defender, which reported on the missing Black women. Democracy Now!, 18 Oct 2022.
AUDIO: The racial reckoning following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in May, 2020, revitalized interest in teaching the literature of race and racism and of books by and about marginalized communities. This has led to a counter campaign to ban books, coordinated with groups like Moms for Liberty, Parents Defending Education and No Left Turn in Education, all funded by rightwing billionaire Charles Koch. Books with Black or LGBTQ+ themes are high on their target list. The Nazi book burnings in the spring of 1933 were a harbinger of what was to come. The epidemic of book banning sweeping our country today must be confronted and stopped now. Democracy Now!, 03 Feb 2022.
VIDEO: Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day. NPR Storycorps, 23 Jul 2015.
VIDEO: Professors Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody, co-authors of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, talked about the history of police stops and their impact on communities. Professors Epps and Maynard-Moody co-wrote the book with University of Kansas professor Donald Haider-Markel. C-SPAN, 6 Apr 2015,
VIDEO: Hulu’s six-part 1619 Docuseries is an expansion of “The 1619 Project” created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine. The series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Available only with a HULU subscription. 2023.