This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point for students and faculty to gain a better understanding of the events related to the Black Lives Matter movement, including the death of unarmed black Americans by police and the subsequent protests.
This research is showing what communities of color have known for decades. Structural barriers stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century.
"This information has been meticulously sourced from the three largest, most comprehensive and impartial crowdsourced databases on police killings in the country: FatalEncounters.org, the U.S. Police Shootings Database and KilledbyPolice.net."
Black Studies in Video is a black studies collection that covers African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, gender relationships, and social and economic issues through documentaries, interviews, and archival footage surveying the black experience.
Database of contemporary social issues with content structured to promote critical-thinking skills. It contains reference book titles, pro and con viewpoint articles, and a variety of periodicals, podcasts, reviewed Web links, images, statistical tables, charts, and graphs.
Homan Square, a warehouse complex headquartering narcotics, vice and intelligence units for the Chicago police, has also served as a secretive facility for detaining and interrogating thousands of people without providing access to attorneys and with little way for their loved ones to find them. Records documenting the presence of someone at Homan Square, especially while they are there, have existed largely outside Chicago police’s electronic records system." The Guardian 2015
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
Tonika Johnson, in collaboration with the National Public Housing Museum, has launched the “Legally Stolen” podcast. The three-episode audio series offers a deeper dive into Johnson’s latest project, “Inequity for Sale“. The virtual and physical exhibit explores how homes sold through land sale contracts in Englewood in the ’50s and ’60s continue to impact the community.