The world has been rocked by the recent killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in police custody. Video footage showed arresting officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of a subdued Floyd for close to nine minutes while he lay handcuffed, helpless and at a certain point: non responsive. Three additional officers stood by in witness.
Outrage over Floyd's death has sparked world-wide protest for not only the officers to be charged but for accountability in departments and an end to police brutality. Daily peaceful protests have taken place in Minnesota, DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and as far as London and New Zealand.
We'll also talk to very special guest Dr. Joy DeGruy. She's a professor and author of the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. They'll dive into why this current moment in our history is different than prior ones and how Black coping mechanisms from past generations may be doing more harm than good in the present.
We'll also talk about what we can all do to end oppression and highlight organizations that folks can donate to if they'd like to provide monetary support.
[ As of publish date, Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder (bumped up from the initial charge of third-degree) while the remaining officers will be criminally charged. ]
How to Help
Now that we've all changed our profile pictures back from all-black, here are some ways you can help contribute to the cause and a few resources where you can find more information.
Put your $ where your mouth is by making a donation to organizations like The Okra Project which offers free meals to Black Trans people or Southerners on New Ground - a training and leadership program that empowers Southern rural LGBTQ people of color, immigrant people and working class people in creating change.
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