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Black Lives Matter

Volume 2 Number 18

Photo courtesy of Nadia N. Aziz

Welcome to OHF Weekly, your source for views on achieving equality. In response to the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and most recently George Floyd, the public mourning and increasing demonstrations for justice and police reform have continued for eleven consecutive days across the United States and around the world. The largely peaceful protests have been routinely punctuated with numerous incidents of police brutality captured on cell phone footage have reinforced the public’s demands for municipalities to rehabilitate rampant cultures of abuse in America’s police departments.

To coincide with today’s protests, the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser commissioned the painting of a two-block-long, curb-to-curb-wide yellow mural on 16th Street as a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

This week’s articles seek to buoy our readers by answering a few questions you or loved ones may have on how we should move forward on an interpersonal level. Sherry Kappel put forth a few tried and true strategies for people who want to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in making the world more equitable. Peter Faur (pronounced like flower, minus the L) points out the numerous obstacles America needs to overcome in pursuit of achieving equality. And yours truly gives a nod to some of the best advice I’ve ever come across for confronting racism and abject hatred.

And deepest gratitude to Washington, DC, civil rights attorney, Nadia N. Aziz, for the use of her stunning Black Live Matter mural photo above.

So, there you have it: three outstanding articles to help you end this week and begin the next with a little more insight and empathy.

New This Week

Doing Right by Black People—and Not Just When It’s Convenient
by Sherry Kappel

Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash

It’s been a helluva week or two in America (not that most of them aren’t, these days). Just as I was getting my wits together enough to write about Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, we learned about Breonna Taylor getting shot to death by police while sleeping in her own bed; the choking death of George Floyd by not one but four policemen; and the threatening of Christian Cooper for birdwatching while Black. These are not isolated examples. Truth be told, if there’s no video we often don’t hear about them because they’re all too common and swept under the rug. The question is, what are we white people going to do about it?

If you’re one of those folks who would vote to acquit Floyd’s murderer, chances are you should just move on at this point. If you’re reading this from a protest site, you probably need not read further. But if you’re like so many of us, who feel like shit right now, want Black folks to know “not all white people . . .” (we’ll come back to that one), and aren’t sure what to do yet you’re still reading this — you would be the “we.” (continued at Medium.com)

We Can’t Go on Like This
by Peter Faur

Photo by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash

Not much seems certain these days, but one thing seems obvious: America can’t go on like this.

We can’t let people be above the law. Not wrongdoers, of course, but also not the powerful. Not the president, not police, not the wealthy.

We can’t deny due process to anyone suspected of or charged with a crime.

We can’t allow show trials that give the illusion but not the reality of justice. (continued on Medium.com)

When America Plays the Race Card
by Clay Rivers

Photo by Daniel Rykhev on Unsplash

. . . here we are, a nation on the brink of societal collapse, our cities ringing with public outcry for justice and freedom from systemic racism against Black people so entrenched that it is the rule, not the exception.

So what do we do now that millions of us — Black, white, and every shade in between — are demanding equal treatment under the law? We’ve tried the same failed tactics and strategies again and again only to achieve the same tepid results. We’ve tried it all . . . except for the one mindset we should’ve tried from the beginning. We play the only card we have left. Love. (continued at Medium.com)

Equality and Inclusion: Available Now for Download

Our limited-edition inaugural issue is a thirty-six-page, stylish journal rooted in the theme unity across differences and is packed with compelling stories and stunning visuals to connect with our readers on visceral and tangible levels. I hope you’ll join the movement to bring equality back (okay, bring equality to America for the first time) and access your copy now.

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Stay safe, take a deep breath, and try to extend a little grace—a little wiggle room— to others. We’re all living in extraordinarily trying times.

Love one another.

Clay Rivers
Our Human Family Founder and Editorial Director

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Clay Rivers

Clay Rivers

Artist, author, accidental activist, & editorial dir of Our Human Family (http://www.ohfweekly.org and http://medium.com/our-human-family). Twitter: @clayrivers