It's been a busy month and I've decided to make a roundup of some of the resources I've been sharing on other platforms as a blog post. These resources are centred around the theme of white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Angela Davis: An autobiography, Angela Davis
The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon
The N***** Factory, Gil Scot Heron
Black Voices, Anthology
On my book pile
Superior: The Return of Race Science, Angela Saini
Game Over Vol.1, Karnage Kills
Two good articles compiled by Emma Falconer
If you're interested in educating yourself about racism but don't know where to start, put aside an hour two watch one of Jane Elliot's teaching videos, uninterrupted, to the end. There are no violent images, it all takes place in a classroom, everyone is safe. Let it shatter your shell and you will find that underneath is love.
Next Friday is my 331/3 Birthday and I felt like doing something noisy to celebrate the evening before on the Ware Arts Lab Instagram...
'2020' is devised as a follow on from the improvisation '08/08/11' made in response to the 2011 UK riots that sprang from a peaceful protest of the murder of Mark Duggan by UK police. '2020' will be an instrumental improvisation on the theme of that sudden revelation of the tentacles that penetrate the mind, blinding it to the trauma and brutality that are right in front of you.
Yes it will be pretentious.
A recorded version of this improvisation will be made available on pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds going to Herts BLM.
Racism is built into our society and culture. I sensed this a little when I was a teenager and tried, ineffectually, to struggle against it as a young white boy who did not understand and did not feel it was appropriate to ask questions. The last attempt I made at 'cyber activism' of any kind was 2017 and I deemed it to be a failure and decided that any activism on my part should not be conducted on social media. I was convinced otherwise at the end of May when protests erupted in the USA in response to the systematic murder of Black people in America and all over the world. I decided to use the techniques that had worked last time, and to ditch everything else (arguing with trolls etc.) More importantly, I listened to and amplified the experiences of Black people, rather that trying to arrogantly figure it all out for myself. I hope this is only the beginning. Apologies for bringing it back to myself in this last paragraph. I think it's important to share experiences of what has and hasn't worked in the past, so we can do better as we go forward.