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Black Lives Matter resources

Where to start

Where to Start — The official Black Lives Matter website.

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza— The Feminist Wire— An introduction to Black Lives Matter from one of the co-founders, Alicia Garza.

Policy — The Movement for Black Lives— The policy outline and platform for a primary Black Lives Matter organization.

Black Lives Matter: Start — Gustavus Adolphus College — This guide contains starter resources on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter: A primer on what it is and what it stands for — USA Today— A piece that summarizes the movement in a very brief way.

Black Lives Matter Syllabus — A collection of course syllabi from an American professor who teaches courses on Black Lives Matter and related issues.



Special thanks to the following places for helping compile resources on this topic. 

University of Arizona

Wellesley College

The Black Lives Matter Reference Guide




Background Issues

The Background Issues

Resources focusing on the issues that form the background and justification for the movement.

What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias — Vanity Fair— This article in Vanity Fair lists “academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations” on where policing and racial bias intersect.

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston— This resource guide put together by educator and writer Jon Greenberg, aims to help white Americans educate themselves about racial injustice to be better allies in the fight against racial injustice.

Written Submission of the American Civil Liberties Union on Racial Disparities in Sentencing — Hearing on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States— This is a report written by the American Civil Liberties Union and submitted to the 2014 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on the racial disparities in sentencing in the American criminal justice system.

Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide — Everyday Feminism — An introductory exploration of the notion of ‘privilege’.

The Privilege Institute — Resource — A list of resources about the concept and realities of white privilege.

Criminal Justice Fact Sheet — NAACP — A fact sheet on racial disparities in the criminal justice system and in aspects related to the criminal justice system (such as contributing factors to the over-incarceration of black individuals).

Race and the Drug War: Resources — The Drug Policy Alliance — A resource guide curated by the Drug Policy Alliance on the racial impact of the War on Drugs.

Excessive or reasonable force by police? Research on law enforcement and racial conflict — Journalist’s Resource— An in-depth report on how racial conflict and law enforcement intersect.

Selected Publications — Jennifer Eberhardt — A list of selected publications by American academic Jennifer Eberhardt, whose focus and specialty is on the psychological association between race and crime.