Weekend Links, Vol. 74: if i die in police custody, it was the system

Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, activism, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Links We Like

In our righteous expression of anger and fear in the wake of Sandra Bland’s death, many have faltered into ableist arguments to prove Sandra Bland couldn’t have committed suicide. Read this moving piece about why ray(nise) cange isn’t ready to rule that possibility

How the death of Sandra Bland might expose the vulnerability of our Black bodies, but not our Black spirits

This 1956 guidebook for Black people traveling during the Jim Crow era mapped a geography of safety for imperiled travelers

The quiet racism of instagram filters: how racism operates aesthetically

Nicki Minaj called out the VMAs misogynoir and in true white feminist form Taylor Swift made it about her

This interactive site covering geographies of war and resistance explores what alternative Middle Easts have existed, are existing and, perhaps one day, could exist within and beyond differently imagined borders

No, it’s not your opinion. You’re just wrong: on differentiating between opinions and misconceptions

How the slavery that built Charleston has been forgotten (and the pros and cons of relying on historical sites for remembering)

Tia Oso, the Black woman who interrupted the Netroots Presidential Town Hall, wrote about why she disrupted this gathering of “progressive” leaders

In light of the murders of India Clarke, K.C. Haggard, Papi Edwards, Lamia Beard, Ty Underwood, Yazmin Vash Payne, Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, Penny Proud, Kristina Gomez Reinwald aka Kristina Grant Infiniti, London Chanel, and Mercedes Williamson, here’s a relevant post written by Monica Roberts on how (not) to write about Black trans women

Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou talks about this new movement for Black life, and Black resistance.

The possibilities of existence for a queer Muslim

The “artsy neoliberalism” of millenials in Rhode Island

When white supremacy looks like us: understanding and responding to our people choosing whiteness

Harsha Walia discusses racial power within and across communities of color and disrupts the “model minority” myth by way of Bobby Jindal’s quest to assimilate into whiteness

Black in Latin America follows Afro-Cubans grappling with anti-Blackness in Cuba. Read this excerpt from the companion book called “The Next Cuban Revolution”

The revolution will not be funded: how well-meaning nonprofits perpetuate poverty

The mental health impact of not being able to afford diapers for your baby

In this most recent iteration of Stating-the-Obvious, this white author acknowledges that white supremacy is to blame for anti-Blackness

If you were unsatisfied by the truncated list of steps towards white racial responsibility in the piece above, check out this slightly more substantial guide to activism for white people


Art We Like

Let us introduce you to Rawiya, the Middle East’s first all-female photo collective:

Untitled, from Egyptian Revolution, by Myriam Abdulaziz
Untitled, from Egyptian Revolution, by Myriam Abdulaziz

Photographer Yung Cheng Lin explores the manipulation of female bodies in this disturbing and beautiful series:
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Projects We Like

The African American Policy Forum has released another crucial report, Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality against Black Women, and everybody should read it:
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Videos We Like

Toni Morrison talks about centering Blackness and her inspiration for writing The Bluest Eye:

This important video recounts the murders of Black women in the United States. Watch and remember their stories:

click the image to see the video
click the image to see the video

Watch this funny take on the realities of cops versus Black people:

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click the image to see the video

This powerful video reminds us how difficult it is to have conversations about white supremacy with its beneficiaries. Watch a room full of people of color bleed truth about racial hierarchies (and a white man respond with white tears and very little accountability):

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click the image to see the video

Feminist Tunes

Artist Richie Reseda keeps the #BlackLivesMatter message alive by releasing his music from behind prison bars:

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