Philando Castile’s death two weeks ago forced me to see how little I knew.
I was blind. White blind. I was ignorant about the racial divides, the racism, where I live. I thought the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Samuel Dubose, and Alton Sterling were tragedies that happened somewhere else. Not here.
Now I know. We are Ferguson and Cleveland and Baltimore and Baton Rouge. We are a place where a cop can fatally shoot a black man because he is black. I don’t want another Philando Castile to die because people like me are white blind.
So here’s what I’m reading and following, to see what I should have known years ago:
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, Sun Yung Shin, ed.
March, a graphic novel trilogy, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Georgetown University Professor Marcia Chatelain created the #FergusonSyllabus, a crowd-sharing syllabus on Twitter. Here’s her Atlantic article: How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson
Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship Charles Epp, Stephen Maynard, and Donald Haider (I just bought it, and haven’t started it yet.)
Now it’s time for some reading. I hope you’ll share your ideas of what to read and follow.