"I am scared. Because we are experiencing a rise in fascism and extreme rightwing thoughts. But at the same time I know there is reason to fight."
Morgan Jerkins at the Picador Event 'Black Feminism'
"I’d encourage you to take this time to really open up to the echoes that resonate within you. Those echoes of history and identity and hope and fear and love that have produced who you are and the kind of person you want to be. Sit with them. Examine them."
Daniel Peña in his Audio Essay about the Black Live Matter Protests
The murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and so many others are violent crimes within a long history of racist violence in the USA against Black people and PoC. Also in Germany many citizens have to experience racist violence and attacks. We think of Amadeu António Kiowa, Oury Jalloh, the victims of the NSU terror and the right-wing extremist terror attack in Hanau and the many reports of BPoc about racist assaults in their everyday life. The Black Community, PoC and all people affected by racism in Europe, the USA and worldwide have our full solidarity. This systemic violence needs to stop.
For a real change, white people need to listen to Black Activists and really understand what racist behavior and language is. We therefore highly recommend Tupoka Ogette's book and audio book.
We recommend supporting the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland with a one-time or monthly donation.
Many thanks to Sharon Dodua Otoo for her thread on Twitter, which collects valuable information.
And Alexander Chee asked on Twitter for anti-racist book recommendations.
I agree with @IjeomaOluo and have some ideas for people in Germany— Sharon Dodua Otoo (@SharonDoduaOtoo) May 30, 2020
1. Donate to @ISDBund (consider making a regular monthly payment of 3,00 €)https://t.co/S5E8KHYiHb#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/eq2A1GZzqd
Are there any anti-racist books that you don’t see on the lists going around that you’d recommend?— Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) June 2, 2020