Sunday Links: Remembering Trayvon, new ICE raids, and more

News (+ related resources) of the Week:

This week, George Zimmerman, scum of the earth, attempted to auction off the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin. Yes, this story is disgusting, but news media is sensationalizing it to focus the story on Zimmerman, instead of Martin, his life, and his family. This story needs to be heard loud and clear, because white supremacy still exists and literally kills people every day. Fear of black bodies, dehumanization, and the like, are still thought of as fiction by some people. It is mind boggling that there is even a market to buy a gun used to kill a black boy.

Soon after it was added to the auction website, it was removed. But the message is loud and clear: Zimmerman knew he could have made money off of Martin’s murder. Son of Baldwin, a radical social commentary blog, wrote on facebook: Lynching postcards used to be how anti-black racists would celebrate and commemorate their destruction of black lives. In the digital age, they sell the weapons they used to murder us on eBay. From auction block to auction site.”

In remembrance of Trayvon Martin, here are some powerful readings on black Americans and black lives:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (July 14, 2015)

  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins. Routledge; 1 edition (September 11, 2008)

  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

  • The Black Radical Tradition, a massive pdf including more than 500 pages of writing by authors such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frances M. Beal, the Combahee River Collective, I Wor Kuen, and more (table of contents included). Learn more here.

According to a report by Reuters, the U.S. is planning to raid immigrant homes, specifically focusing on mothers and children who have previously been told to leave. President Barack Obama, though accused by the right of being soft on undocumented immigration, has deported millions of immigrants; more than any other President. This creates interesting political tension,  as both Democratic Presidential candidates said in a Univision Debate that they would not deport women or children - only those with criminal records. But besides the political ramifications, this decision is deeply personal and emotional. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids tear apart families, and bring terror and fear to individuals who already face marginalization in society. Similar raids occurred in January, and immigrant rights groups throughout the country created information to help immigrants know their rights with ICE raids. (See an example of great one here.)

These policies will have extremely real impact on the lives and safety of millions of Americans - both those living undocumented and their families. It is important to know their stories - not just statistics or policy names. Here are two great projects that highlight immigrant narratives:

  • Immigrant Stories  are videos/stories by immigrants or refugees living in Minnesota, curated by the Immigrant History Research Center at the University of Minnesota

  • Moving Words was a project in Houston, Texas empowering immigrants and refugees to tell their stories through writing and photography. Check out their tumblr here(bonus: it was created by one of our editors!)

And here are some readings on immigrants, children of immigrants, and mixed-status families:

And before you head out, here are some more rad links to check out!

Website of the Week:

#StarringJohnCho: A Call for an Asian American Leading Man

Film of the Week:

“The Real T: This is My Truth” - A Video made by LGBTQIA+ youth of color to know their rights with the Police

Reading of the Week:

“Passing for White, Passing for Black” by Adrian Piper (don’t forget to read our quick summary here!)

Pop Culture of the Week:

South Asian women respond to Azealia Banks’ racist insult with selfies

Thanks for reading, and have a happy and empowering Sunday! (And if you don’t, know that that’s okay too! #selflove)

Abaki Beck