So much of travel is about education. About learning and unlearning. About meeting people with different world views from our own and having the self-awareness to recognize and challenge our pre-concieved notions. About not just seeing things from a different vantage point, but doing the very real work of understanding that vantage point. And in the best case scenarios, having the conviction to allow this mindset shift to cascade into a behavioral shift.
This is precisely why, throughout quarantine, we've been sharing recommendations for books, TV shows, movies, and podcasts that have the power to continue expanding our worldview, even as we stay home. But in light of recent racist events throughout our country—and the countless others that came before it of which we will never know—we're sharing something a little different.
Let us be abundantly clear. Our mission at Journy has always been about facilitating deeper connections across our human family. We unequivocally stand with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, Jonathan Ferrell, Renisha McBride, Stephon Clark, Jordan Edwards, Jordan Davis, Alton Sterling, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Clifford Glover, and Trayvon Martin.
We stand with #BlackLivesMatter.
We also acknowledge that there’s much more work for all of us to do, which is why we’ve compiled these movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, articles, and organizations—all resources for us to educate ourselves on the history and reality of injustice in America from the safety of our own homes. They're a way for us to take the necessary steps towards active antiracism while recognizing and honoring the very real and tragic truth that racism in our country isn't getting worse; it's simply getting filmed.
If there's anything you'd like added to this list, please don't hesitate to reach out on Instagram and let us know. We're listening, always.
Movies / Documentaries
Films created for Houston's annual Juneteenth celebrations in 2016 and 2018.
A Gulf Coast Juneteenth (YouTube)
Another short film created for Houston's Juneteenth celebration.
"In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom."
American Son (Netflix)
"Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son."
Dear White People (Netflix)
"Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as "post-racial" as it thinks."
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
"Based on the novel by James Baldwin, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is a soulful drama about a young couple fighting for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream."
Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
"A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence."
Selma (Amazon Prime)
"From the Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years a Slave and acclaimed director Ava DuVernay comes the true story of courage and hope that changed the world forever."
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
"As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past."
The Hate U Give (Hulu)
"A teen witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and must decide whether to testify or not."
When They See Us (Netflix)
"Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story."
- So You Want to Talk about Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
- Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? (Mumia Abu-Jamal)
- How To Be An Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
- Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge)
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stevenson)
- Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America (Michael Eric Dyson)
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the world, and Become a Good Ancestor (Layla F. Saad)
- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (Austin Channing Brown)
- Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald)
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Jesmyn Ward)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
- Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racial Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? (Beverly Daniel Tatum)
- When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele)
- Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out (Ruth King)
- The Warmth Of Our Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)
- Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Audre Lorde)
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You (Audre Lorde)
- 1619 (New York Times)
"In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story."
- Code Switch (NPR)
"Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story."
- Pod For The Cause (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)
"The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched 'Pod for the Cause' podcast to expand the conversation on critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights. Through this expanded dialogue, we want to spur activism that drives change in our communities and country."
- Pod Save The People (Crooked Media)
"Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe and writer Dr. Clint Smith III. DeRay also dives in deep with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders to better understand the issues. New episodes every Tuesday."
- Still Processing (New York Times)
"Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2020."
- #TellBlackStories (Color of Change)
"The #TellBlackStories podcast is an extension of Color Of Change's work to change the rules in Hollywood, and entire media landscape, to ensure accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people. It is an unfiltered, unapologetic, dose of quick witted commentary on the most relevant social, political and cultural issues impacting the Black community. #TellBlackStories elevates the voices, stories and work of change makers, content creators, activists, and leaders driving a movement for accurate portrayals of Black people."
Articles / Studies
- Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations That Define Television's Scripted Crime Genre
"A comprehensive study of how television's most popular genre excludes writers of color, miseducates people about the criminal justice system and makes racial injustice acceptable."
(Color of Change & USC Annenberg Normal Learn Center / January 2020)
- Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’
"The Covid-19 racial disparity in infections and deaths is viewed as the latest chapter of historical injustices, generational poverty and a flawed health care system. The epidemic has hit African-Americans and Hispanics especially hard, including in New York, where the virus is twice as deadly for those populations."
(New York Times / April 2020)
- The racism that's pervaded the US health system for years is even deadlier now
"The failed and corrupt response to Covid-19 is killing black businesses, black jobs, black votes and black people"
(The Guardian / May 2020)
Organizations To Follow / Support
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund (GoFundMe)
- I Run With Maud (GoFundMe)
- Justice for Breonna Taylor (change.org)
- Black Lives Matter
- Color Of Change
"Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real."
Upon joining Color of Change, you'll receive updates on online actions and in-person events you can join to stand up for racial justice.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
"The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing."
- Equal Justice Initiative
"The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society."
- Black Futures Lab
"The Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide and nationally. The problems facing our communities are complex—the solutions require experimentation, innovation and political power. We deserve elected officials that represent us, policies that improve our lives, and politics that reflect our lives."
- The Bail Project
"The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system."
- The Loveland Foundation
"Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for."