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I can’t write a blog post today.

As Laura Davis wrote on Facebook last night, “OK if you aren’t paying attention to what’s happening in Ferguson right now, you should be.” The best source: Twitter via the #ferguson hashtag.

Awareness is the most political act of all. How we see the act of seeing. – Cecilia Vicuña

Important reading:

Talking Ferguson, Social Media, and Parenting with PBS NewsHour and HuffPost Live by Stacia L. Brown

Ways to help Ferguson

Ferguson and Patience for the Appalled by Stacia L. Brown

Silence is Not an Option by Roxane Gay

A Brief History of Black Folks and Sidewalks by Stacia L. Brown

12 things white people can do now because Ferguson by Janee Woods

Discussing Race & Racism with Your Black Friends: Dos and Don’ts by Ashley Nicole Black

Best Words and Posts on the Aftermath of Michael Brown’s Death via The Root

The Militarization of Police via the ACLU & Know Your Rights

Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” by Teju Cole

Important videos:

Jesse Williams on Ferguson

John Oliver on Ferguson and Police Militarization

Important poems:

Power by Audre Lorde

Some Young Kings by Roger Reeves – Text here

alternate names for black boys by Danez Smith

Basic Standards Test by Danez Smith

The Gun Joke (revised on 8/13) by Jamaal May: Post by Jamaal May.

For Michael Angelo Thompson by June Jordan (scroll to pg. 170)

Roll Call for Michael Brown by Jason McCall

Trayvon, Redux by Rita Dove

Ways of Looking at a Black Bird If you’re like the Black Bird by Luis Martinez

And let’s not forget about what’s happening on the Texas border:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says National Guard ‘tip of spear’ guarding border

Beyond the border: the US’s deadly immigration crisis, parts 1- 3

Watch: Who is Dayani Cristal?

Please share other links to photos, blog posts, essays, videos, poems, etc. below in the comments section. Thank you for reading. Thank you for seeing.

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