Media Round Up: Week of May 31st

Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:

Why Are Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence?

Brittney Cooper, TIME

Professor Brittney Cooper condemns the lack of public focus on Black women who have been harmed by the police. Women and girls like Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Tanisha Anderson, Atatiana Jefferson, and Charleena Lyles are often killed out of the public eye, then forgotten. Cooper writes “And in a world where the pains and traumas that Black women and girls experience as a consequence of both racism and sexism remain structurally invisible and impermeable to broad empathy, these killings recede from the foreground quietly.”

You can read the full article here.

Are You Counted? What The 2020 Census Means For Communities Of Color

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Essence

Responding to the 2020 U.S. Census is one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re represented. Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge urges Americans to take the census so that federal dollars are fairly allocated to their schools, hospitals, emergency services, and other programs. As Black Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the census is critically important to support these communities in the future.

You can read the full article here.

Addressing Racism’s Toll: My Minneapolis Experience

Michelle Goodwin, Ms. Magazine

Professor Michele Goodwin describes her experience living in Minneapolis as a Black woman. She shares the racism her family has faced, which made her daughter feel so unsafe she could not return to school. Goodwin suggests ways to create change in the future, including protecting critical voting rights and democratic processes. Click to read more about her experience.

You can read the full article here.

The Police Report to Me, but I Knew I Couldn’t Protect My Son

Keisha Lance Bottoms, The New York Times

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms describes the fear she feels as the mother to a black teenage son during the unrest and protests across the country, despite being a powerful leader in Atlanta. Mayor Bottoms emphasizes the importance of voting this November, writing “Together our generation of Americans can declare — without equivocation — that freedom will not face extinction and that progress will not be paralyzed.”

You can read the full article here.

The Anti-Racist Starter Pack

Brea Baker, Parade

If you’re outraged about what’s happening in America right now, committing to further educating yourself is critical. Check out this list of 40 TV series, documentaries, movies, TED talks, and books that address racial inequality.

You can read the full article here.


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