Earlier this week, two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot and killed by police not days apart. Graphic video of their murders have fueled national outcry and protest. Video of Sterling shows police holding him on the ground while Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds broadcast their experience (which included their 4 year old daughter in the back seat) to Facebook.
Although I wish there wasn’t a reason for these videos to exist and I suppose they’re good for evidence, I also wish they weren’t shared so nonchalantly, and especially on the news, routinely and repeatedly, in a play for ratings that normalizes this persecution of black people. The sobs of Alton Sterling’s son are something that I’m never going to get out of my mind.
- Donate to Alton Sterling’s Family Scholarship
- Xavier Burgin’s GoFundMe for Philando Castile
- Castile’s sister’s GoFundMe
- For white people preoccupied with “doing something”
- What white people can do to support #BlackLivesMatter
- We’ll forever love and remember you, Sandra Bland.