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Sounder at Heart’s #BlackOutTuesday

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Black lives matter.

#BlackOutTuesday

Dear Sounder at Heart Reader,

The nation is in turmoil over the killing of black people at the hands of police officers all over the country. This is about the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Charleena Lyles, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, and so, so many others.

A social media movement arose on Tuesday that called for a pause on normal activity and content in lieu of the nationwide protests that have been happening. That movement is #BlackOutTuesday. You’ve probably seen several individuals post on various social media channels about it already, but we here at Sounder at Heart wanted to offer our support.

It’s simple. We believe black lives matter. We believe that black people should not be murdered by the state or those who think they’re “protecting their community.” Not for alleged counterfeit $20 bills, or toy guns in the park, or selling cigarettes, or selling CDs, or jogging, or sleeping in their own apartment. The fact is, racism does have a home in America, especially within our police departments, and we need to fight against it. This needs to stop. It is not simply enough to be not racist, we must be anti-racist.

The irony of this post isn’t lost on me. I’m a white man who has lived in predominantly white cities my entire life. Currently, I benefit from the privileges of being a white man that lives in one of the whitest cities in America ... Seattle, Washington. I will continue to use my privilege to point people to the issues that matter.

With all that said, Sounder at Heart will be going dark for the rest of the day. Below are a set of resources that are meant to be at your disposal. If you do not feel adequately equipped to fight this fight, please take some time to review these resources and support these businesses. If there’s anything you think I’ve missed, please feel free to add additional resources in the comments below.

Thanks from one of your editors,

Mark


Resources

  • The Stranger put together an all-encompassing list of things you can do, businesses you can support, and local organizations. See if any of these interest you.
  • If you’re going to order takeout this week, consider ordering from one of these Black-owned spots in the city.
  • Eater Seattle created a list of five local food-related causes that are worth supporting.
  • We’ve all been locked at home for months because of a global pandemic. We’re out of Netflix shows to watch, books to read, and podcasts to listen to. Here’s a list of resources that can help educate you on being anti-racist.
  • You’re probably aware that black people are incarcerated at rates that far exceed any other race. Northwest Community Bail Fund provides cash assistance for people who can’t post bail. Consider donating, please.