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Student Research Guide: Black Lives Matter: Top 10 Resources

By Isabella Loy, Fall 2020, LIB 201

Top 10 Resources


Bittle, Jake. “The BLM Freak-Out.” New Republic, vol. 251, no. 9, Sept. 2020, p. 9. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This article is short, but it gets to the point and provides some recent information on the BLM movement in the political sphere. When talking about this movement, it is impossible to leave out the political aspects. Donald Trump and Joe Biden have used the Black Lives Matter message as a debate topic multiple times, talking about defunding police and what that might mean for US citizens. They have very different opinions and this article highlights that. Jake Bittle is a freelance writer, so he doesn’t have as much background or knowledge that some other authors might, but nonetheless he provides a look into the political world of BLM with his writing. 

Chama, Brian. “The Black Lives Matter Movement, Crime and Police Brutality: Comparative Study of New York Post and New York Daily News.” European Journal of American Culture, vol. 38, no. 3, Sept. 2019, pp. 201–216. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This source goes in depth about the effects of police brutality on black and brown people, and discusses the disproportionalities when it comes to white people versus people of color experiencing police violence. Brian Chama is a senior lecturer at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada. He is a very experienced author and has a plethora of knowledge on this subject because of his background in Journalism. His writing is informative and I believe would be easy to read even if one doesn't know much about the BLM movement. 

Chan, Melissa. “The Price of Protest.” TIME Magazine, vol. 196, no. 11/12, Sept. 2020, pp. 56–61. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

Is protesting worth it? What are the consequences and will they affect you? These are questions that may be answered in this article. Chan writes about arrests during BLM protests, specifically writing about black and brown people who were arrested, and believe that the color of their skin definitely had something to do with how they ended up in handcuffs. Melissa Chan has served as a breaking news reporter/editor for the New York Daily News, as well as a reporter for The Queens Courier. She includes quotes in her article from people who have been arrested, giving an insight into the not-so-fun reality of protesting.  

Crump, Benjamin. “SAY HER NAME: Without Coverage or Conviction, Black Women’s Lives Are Invisible.” Crisis, vol. 126, no. 2, Spring 2019, pp. 12–17. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This article is not only powerful in itself, but also includes a graphic on the second page (by Brian Stauffer) that is powerful as well. The media coverage of black women’s death seems to be the only thing making their names heard-- and while it is great to have millions of people know the story, it also incites performative activism. This author also writes about the fact that black men seem to get more attention in the media when they are killed than black women. Crump is a black man who is a civil rights attorney and activist, so one can trust that he has a lot of knowledge on this subject. 

Flores, Sean. “‘You Write in Cursive, I Write in Graffiti’: How #BlackLivesMatter Reorients Social Movement Legal Theory.” UCLA Law Review, vol. 67, no. 4, Oct. 2020, pp. 1022–1064. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This article is very useful because it goes back to the roots of systemic racism, pointing out the flaws in the US constitution that uphold racist viewpoints and cater to white people. Flores graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was the Chief Comments Editor for the UCLA Law Review. His background in law provides a confidence for the reader than he knows what he is talking about and is an expert in legal theory.  

Max, D. T. “The Shaming Pandemic.” New Yorker, vol. 96, no. 29, Sept. 2020, pp. 28–33. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

Is social media a good or bad influence when it comes to BLM? Is the awareness worth the negative side of social media? These questions tie back to my research question: Has the BLM movement done more harm than good for the black community? This article does not only focus on the BLM movement, but also discusses #MeToo and other social justice movements throughout recent years. Contrasting different movements is important when looking deeper into BLM. Max, the author, has been a staff writer and journalist at The New Yorker since 2010.

“Member News Digest 7/24/20: Rising Up for Liberation.” National Lawyers Guild Review, July 2020, pp. 1–7. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This is a great resource, because it focuses on Portland, which is close to home for a lot of people going to SVC. It discusses the reaction to federal troops being sent to Portland to ‘control’ the protesters in the PDX area, as well as the irony when it comes to the use of police brutality on anti-police brutality protesters. This isn’t a super long or informative resource, but I honestly chose it as a top 10 because it is focused on the Pacific Northwest. 

Mowatt, Rasul A. “Black Lives as Snuff: The Silent Complicity in Viewing Black Death.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 4, Fall 2018, pp. 777–806. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This article argues that filming black death has become a tool used to encourage protests and political movements, but also snuff. Watching black lives being taken on camera has desensitized us and can be very harmful. Although it is very important to understand and see police brutality firsthand, it is not okay to pass around a video of someone dying. This desensitizes us and makes us used to seeing black death on our phones daily. This is an important article because I think that a lot of people don’t think about the fact that they could be contributing to toxic behavior. This author is a professor of American Studies and Geography at Indiana University Bloomington. 

“NLG Partners with Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.” National Lawyers Guild Review, July 2020, pp. 1–6. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

I’ve included a football article because I think this is one of the biggest symbols of protest and conflict when it comes to this liberation movement. Kneeling for the national anthem is one of the biggest acts of protest you can participate in, and when it’s done on national television, it is a big deal. Karpernick’s campaign mission is “to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” 

Trembath, Sarah. “Teaching Black Lives in College When Black Lives Didn’t Matter That Much K through 12.” Radical Teacher, no. 116, Winter 2020, pp. 18–25. EBSCOhost. Web. Accessed 1 December 2020.

This is most definitely an opinionated article, and Trembath is obviously very supportive of ‘radical’ teaching methods. She argues that black lives matter wasn’t taught in K through 12, so it is now a professor’s responsibility to make sure they matter in college. Trembath is a professorial lecturer of literature at American University in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Everyday Feminism, Washington Independent Review of Books, and more. She is an openly radical and feminist professor. This may make her opinions bias, but she does make a lot of educated and good points in her writing.

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