Wednesday watch: 4 Black Lives Matter myths debunked

Wednesday watch: 4 Black Lives Matter myths debunked

Many of us dread getting into a conversation with an “All Lives Matter” person. In the heat of this election season and the growing power of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’re likely to have a lot more discussions with people who cling to myths about BLM and what it represents.

As Franchesca Ramsey points out, we need to have these uncomfortable conversations in order to make progress. Her video offers a handy guide to debunking 4 common arguments people make against Black Lives Matter.

 

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Weekend reading

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Comedian Phoebe Robinson is tired of being the token black girl

Injured at work? Your gender could affect how much you’re paid

Despite legacy of racism, black women rock on

The female cinematographers of Neon Demon, Creed and Dope discuss their experiences in a male-dominated field

The Virginia driver’s license scheme that punishes poor people

Wednesday watch: 23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America

Wednesday watch: 23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America

One of the most heartbreaking things about the many tragic shootings of black people in the United States in recent years is that they send the message that any kind of behavior by black people can be seen as suspicious and threatening and cost them their lives. Opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement try to attribute blame to victims and prescribe what kind of behavior would have kept them safe. But as this simple, moving video featuring celebrities like Beyonce and Chance the Rapper shows, black people have been killed for mundane actions that any person should be able to do without fear for their lives.

 

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Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways

Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence signed a law requiring burial or cremation for aborted fetuses

Filmers of Alton Sterling, Eric Garner killings say police have harassed and detained them

Mother shot during Dallas ambush thanks police, vows to protest again as example for her sons

The first comedy school for teenage girls aims to improve comedy farm teams

5 everyday ways to teach your children about consent

Wednesday watch: Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions

Wednesday watch: Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions

Last month, the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of Texas’ draconian anti-abortion law HB 2 and affirmed the constitutional right to abortion in stronger terms than many of us had dared to hope. It was an amazing victory that gives energy and momentum to the reproductive freedom movement.

And the sad fact is, we’re going to need it. New anti-choice laws went into effect in about one-fifth of states on July 1st. There are laws in this country that mandate waiting periods, that force women to look at ultrasounds, even ones that appoint a lawyer for a fetus or require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses. Then there are anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers that trick women and try to block their access to reproductive health care.

We have a fight ahead of us, and a little humor always helps along the way. This new video from NARAL Pro-Choice America features comedians Alice Wetterlund and Nato Green in a parody of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” that shows them navigating the barriers that make it difficult to access abortion (full disclosure: I was involved in the production of this video).

For white people who believe Black Lives Matter

For white people who believe Black Lives Matter

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A lot of well-meaning white people have asked ourselves what we would have done if we were around during the civil rights movement. It’s not a hypothetical any more. We no longer have the comfortable distance of history that allows us to reassure ourselves that we would have spoken up, we would have resisted, we would have supported black people fighting for their lives. Black people are fighting for their lives now. Today. Fifty years from now, we want to look back at this time and know we were on the right side of history. This is the true test of our ideals; to stay silent at this historic moment is a betrayal.  Read more

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Dr. Willie Parker: the real work to improve abortion access starts now.

Should women be drafted? Not when sexual assault in the military is rampant.

The best veep pick for Hillary Clinton is a person of color.

The stuff that costs more when you’re poor.

White House officials won’t visit colleges not properly addressing sexual assault.

The photographer who captures the reality of abortion restrictions.

#CareFreeBlackKids2k16 provides some relief after a horrible week of police violence.