A Student's Guide to 'Black Lives Matter' Resources
By Nate Medina
In the past month, Black Lives Matter has brought attention to the large amount of black people who’ve been killed but haven’t gotten justice. Even though there was progress in the George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery cases, the fight for change is far from over. The following article lists what can be done to help and mental health resources people can use.
Mental Health Resources:
Suicide Hotline- 1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ suicide hotline)- 1-866-488-7386 or chat online
Real- Provides free therapy sessions.
Sad Girls Club- This is a website ran by millennial and gen z women of color for young girls who don’t have access to mental health treatment
Sign this petition fighting to have the status of the KKK changed to a terrorist organization. For decades, the KKK has terrorized and killed people of color but they have not been declared a terrorist organization. KKK members have the ability to serve in the government and many times the crimes they commit aren’t even investigated. In related news, as Central students fight to end racism, they are being taunted on social media by a person with a KKK picture as their profile picture.
At 1am on June 24th in Madison, Wisconsin, 18 year old EMT and college student Althea Bernstein was attacked while driving home. She was stopped at a red light when four white men yelled racial slurs at her, sprayed lighter fluid on her, and lit her on fire. Using her EMT training, Bernstein was able to stop the fire but suffered from second and third degree burns to her face and neck. The obvious intent of this was to cause serious bodily harm but the city intends to charge her assailants with hate crime charges instead of attempted murder. Sign this petition to have attempted murder charges added and to help get justice for Althea.
On March 13th in Louisville, Kentucky, police officers raided the apartment of Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker shortly after 12am. Police raided the apartment in connection with a case of two men they were investigating for selling drugs. The mens’ address had already been discovered by police and was in fact far from the apartment but police believed the men received packages at the apartment. Before breaking the door with a battering ram, the police, who were in plain clothes, did not identify themselves. Walker believed someone had broken in and shot at the officers, they returned fire and shot Taylor at least eight times. At the time of the shooting, the suspect was already in custody and a search of Taylor and Walker’s apartment turned up no drugs. As of writing this, one officer involved was fired and two are on administrative reassignment, none face criminal charges. The negligence of police officers resulted in a bright young woman dead who deserves justice click here to see how you can support.
On the evening of August 24th, 2019 in Aurora, Colorado, someone called 9-1-1 and reported seeing a man in a ski mask flailing his arms. The caller stated that the man didn’t seem like a threat and seemed to be unarmed and was only calling because he was sketchy. The man was 23 year old Elijah McClain, police responded and claimed McClain resisted arrest and tried to grab an officer’s gun. Three officers held McClain on the ground for 15 minutes, while he was held down, he told officers he couldn’t breathe. The officers claimed he had an abnormal amount of strength and was “definitely on something.” When paramedics arrived, they administered ketamine and on the way to the hospital he went into cardiac arrest. The next day, he was pronounced brain dead and was taken off life support a week later. There’s no recording of the incident because officers claim their body cameras fell off but audio continued to record. In the audio recording, an officer can be later heard saying he didn’t feel McClain reaching for his gun. The autopsy ruled the cause of death as inconclusive and all three officers were placed on paid leave with no charges filed. Sign the petition here and you can donate here.
On June 1st, 2020, David McAtee was shot while there were protests about the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. He owned a barbeque restaurant where he was hosting a private event while police tried to disperse protesters violating curfew. The crowd got closer to his restaurant and someone within the crowd fired a shot so the National Guard shot back and struck him in the chest. His body was left on the ground more than 12 hours before police investigated the incident. According to surveillance cameras, pepper balls were fired in McAtee’s direction and one nearly hit his niece in the head. McAtee then fired a warning shot and indicated he had fired a warning shot. None of the officers had their body cameras on so there’s no body camera footage to show what happened. It was also reported that in another area of the city, rubber bullets were used while in the area where McAtee was shot, real bullets were used. Click here to sign a petition to get justice for David McAtee.
On the morning of May 27th, 38 year old Tony McDade was shot and killed by a police officer. He was a suspect in a killing and it’s alleged that police officers didn’t identify themselves and yelled racial slurs before shooting him. The officer who shot Tony McDade was placed on administrative leave and is being investigated. Sign here to sign the petition to get justice for Tony McDade.
Another way to be an ally is to do your research and educate yourself on black issues. You can do this by reading books written by black authors or watching movies or shows directed and/or written by black people. Some good examples of books to read are: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, anf Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt PhD. Some examples of movies or shows you can watch are: 13th, When They See Us, Self Made, and Explained: The Racial Wage Gap. Another way you can help out is support black owned businesses and spread the word about them. Make a post about that cute necklace you bought or those nice shoes, recommend them to others. Click here to see a list of businesses right here in Philadelphia that you can support. Lastly, share any information, petitions, and resources that you can find.