It's been another chaotic week in cities and small towns across the country, and especially in the South. I wrote last week about the importance of this moment and Southerly's coverage of it, and I wanted to reiterate it by sharing some more things I've been reading and learning:
Justin Wortland for Time on America's long overdue awakening to systemic racism.
Photojournalist Jade Wilson wrote an essay for Scalawag and shared photos of protests in Raleigh. "Art is my tool for change. I’m documenting things as I see them—beautiful and harmful. My role as an artist is to show life as it is and present it in a way that most are refusing to see or aren’t used to receiving. The inspiration, the celebration, the confusion, the complicatedness, the care and lack thereof, the commitment, and the resiliency."
For Texas Monthly, Amal Ahmed interviewed two criminal justice advocates, Scott Henson, who has worked on criminal justice reform for two decades, and Chas Moore, the founder and executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition.
For Facing South, Olivia Paschal wrote about the significance of protests blocking highways that were built in Black communities throughout the South, including in New Orleans and Durham.
Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50 and a longtime reporter in Memphis, wrote for ProPublica about how police have spied on her, and many other Black journalists, over the years.
—Lyndsey Gilpin, Founder, Editor, Publisher