Episode 5: BlackLivesMatter

Kate researched and found 128 names that Rosey reads aloud in this very real, very raw episode. 128 names of black people who were murdered this year by police officers. The most upsetting aspect of this heartbreaking list is, however, that it is not exhaustive. And it was very difficult to compile. Through her research, Kate found that it was near impossible to find bios for the individuals named other than criminal rap sheets; evidence of the dehumanizing of POC in which the media so willingly participates. Join us for some important information on BlackLivesMatter, police brutality, and race relations in the United States as Rosey gets personal about her own family during this time of heartbreak and tension.

Objective: 

Provide a list of names of black people murdered by police in the United States so far in 2016.

Define and discuss tone policing.

Provide information and action steps for being a good ally.

Provide information and action steps for addressing police brutality within your community. 

Vocabulary:

Tone policing: tone policing is a silencing tactic that focuses on the emotionality of the message rather than the message itself. It's part of a set of tools used by people of privilege to prevent marginalized individuals or groups from sharing their experiences of oppression.

Ally: combine or unite a resource or commodity with another for mutual benefit.

Police brutality: the deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities by a police officer engaging the civilian population. This type of behavior also includes verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by a police officer. 

Suggested reading:

Tone policing: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/tone-policing-and-privilege/

Definition of ally: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ally%20definition

Steps to being a good ally: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies

Definition of police brutality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_brutality

Steps to addressing police brutality within your own community: https://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality

Protestors helped police in Dallas: http://usuncut.com/black-lives-matter/black-lives-matter-protesters-dallas/

Philando Castile's story: http://time.com/4397086/minnesota-shooting-philando-castile-role-model-school/

Database of black people murdered by police in 2016: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

Transcript: Coming soon!