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My family and I live in Minneapolis. Its been intense here --from being blocks away from where George Floyd was murdered by the Minneapolis Police and where Lake Street was burned. White people like me finally feel a small taste of the fear that black and brown folks feel every day on our streets. For the first time I am thinking seriously and researching intently ideas around defunding the police. I encourage you to do the same, it sounds scary but its clear we need deep change.

Its important to me as an artist and citizen to acknowledge that this country provides levels of privilege and opportunity to white people that it has never provided to black folks, people of color and Native people. My hope is that this moment pushes all of us (but especially white folks like me) to continue/start/learn the work we must do. I think art plays a crucial role and your participation in this project can help in small ways--providing opportunities to think about your place and to come together in conversation and connection.

As a small way to acknowledge George Floyd’s murder and support for Black Lives, I have added a symbol to represent this.

Here are some things I have found useful—of course this is not all we should be doing—reading and listening, but knowing more is better (and there is so much out there, do some googling if you need to):

The podcast Scene on Radio has a great 12 part series called Seeing White that is an amazing deconstruction and historical lesson in the creation of whiteness. Every white person should listen to this. More than once. By John Biewen and Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika

Uncivil— where the hosts "ranscak the official version of the civil war”, Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika and Jack Hitt

1619 hosted by the incredible Nikole Hannah-Jones, starts with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.

Throughline by Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei. The hosts "go back in time to understand the present."

Books:
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The End of Policing by Alex S Vitale

Other:
An org working here in Mpls to defund the police. Just digging into what this means.
https://www.mpd150.com/faq/