For the past few weeks, we at Era of Good Feeling have been struggling to put into words our thoughts regarding society’s status. To be honest, we’ve never taken any sort of political stance and often times have avoided doing so. It has never been our nature to side with political viewpoints. But the silence from us has lasted far too long, and the public dissolution going right now is only fueled by it. That being said, we stand with our black and LGBTQ friends who have made us better people and the world a better place, and who continue to fight for their lives and what they believe. We are here for you.

In addition to donating, we feel the other best thing we can do is to educate and raise awareness of the various aspects of black culture we so take for granted every day. Below is a compiled list of resources to study in support of black liberation. Read up and catch up.

 

Music:

Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk by Don Letts

Detroit is Techno City, and techno is Black by Imani Mixon

Why is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music? by Wesley Morris

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop – and Why It Matters by Tricia Rose

 

Film:

Black Panthers – directed by Agnes Varda

George Washington – directed by David Gordon Green

4 Little Girlsdirected by Spike Lee

The Black Power Mixtape – directed by Goran Hugo Olsson

13thdirected by Ava DuVernay

Blindspotting – directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada

 

TV:

When They See Us

Dear White People

The Wire

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas

 

Literature:

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

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