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Racial Discrimination and Why It’s Important to Fight Against It

Written by Amal Asebriy

As demonstrations for the Black Lives Matter movement continue worldwide following the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, millennials are taking a stance and protesting for some long-needed changes regarding systemic racism and oppression.

We’ve all seen it multiple times, and it hurt in every single one of them. The video of 46-year-old George Floyd, begging for his life while facing the ground, neck under the mercy of a white police officer’s knee for almost nine minutes, quickly went viral. Floyd eventually died, and many have wondered, was it really that necessary of an action? was Floyd really that much of a threat? Although the answers may seem plain, the explication of the policeman’s behavior is rather rooted in a much deeper and thorough understanding of racism against the black community and where it stems from.

Anti-black racism is not just American, it is unfortunately global. Moroccans are also guilty of racial slurs like “Azzi” (meaning the dark-skinned) or “Zitouna” (often referring to dark olives) etc… Whereas some may mean no offense in the usage of such words, it nonetheless reflects and perpetuates discrimination, which may elicit psychological and sometimes physical effects on the discriminated person.

If you think it’s time for you to join the current global conversation about racial discrimination, and if you want to know the What? and the Why? Here is a list of recommended books and documentaries to check, for more insight. Because if we want to stand against racial prejudices in our communities, then it is important to start with learning more about it.

Read:

1. Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam by Chouki El Hamel
2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
3. So You Want To Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
4. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Watch:

1. I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary by Raoul Peck
2. 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay
3.  Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap, a documentary television series on Netflix
4. When They See Us, a drama web television miniseries by Ava DuVernay

Do you have any other suggestions?

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