|Where black people are most disproportionately killed by police. Source.|
|Six of the twelve U.S. servicemen killed on October 8 in the crash of two U.S. Marine helicopters in South Viet Nam. AP photo. CC BY 2.0|
- Do not remain silent. "You got to fight the power, fight the power, fight the powers that be." Public Enemy, from Do the Right Thing
- Businesses should speak out. Ben & Jerry’s has been publicly calling out racism and tells its customers why systematic racism is real.
- Recognize your own privilege and begin a conversation about racism with coworkers. While it may be difficult, it is not as difficult as living in fear every day. We must recognize that our colleagues who are black and brown experience a hateful world and many difficulties in working in our disciplines.
- Read the news critically. Some recent reports on assaults on police were falsehoods, and in fact, policy behavior was appalling and unjustified.
- Sponsor or participate in public events to highlight black scientists. The Twitter #blackbirdersweek event was highly successful. We heard many stories including a story of a scientist who is “always scared for my safety.”
- Join a group, join a protest, let people know we are listening and that we believe black lives matter because solidarity matters.
- Find your voice and speak to power now. The most dangerous form of white racism is the “the taken‐for‐granted routine privileging of white interests” that goes unremarked in the political mainstream (Gillborn 2005).
- Faculty members should advocate to their administration to invest strongly into strengthening diversity and equity initiatives.
- Act consistently and persistently.
- Avoid being judgmental. Barack Obama said “That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change,” he said. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.”
- Demand congressional oversight of Commission on law enforcement and administration of justice
- Fight for environmental justice. Government responses to disasters fail to protect all communities equally (Bullard and Wright 2012). In places like Detroit and Flint, Michigan, water rights violations were a powerful motivator to protest and fight for inclusive government and fair access to water (Christy 2018).
- Show of solidarity with your professional organizations. The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The American Fisheries Society, and many other scientific and professional groups have released statements about recent police killings.
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