A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:
After the murder of George Floyd sparked protests in Minneapolis, here in New York, across the country, and around the world, I wanted to have a conversation on Talking Taiwan about what precipitated all of this social unrest, the Black Lives Matter movement and what we, especially non-Black people can do at this time.
This led me to invite Jalesa Tucker to be a guest on Talking Taiwan. I met Jalesa when I did some work for a nonprofit that educates young people about healthy relationships.
Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
- Who was George Floyd and why his death has led to massive protests across the U.S. and globally
- Recent incidents in the U.S. that led up to the protests over the murder of George Floyd (May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota): the killing of Ahmaud Arbery (February 23 in Brunswick, Georgia), Breonna Taylor (March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky), a dispute between Chris Cooper and Amy Cooper in New York City’s Central Park (May 25)
- The death of Trayvon Martin (February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida) that led to the Black Lives Matter movement
- The start of the hashtag Black Lives Matter
- What is taught about Black history or the lack thereof in U.S. high schools
- The Black Lives Matter movement’s call to defund the police and what that means
- Resources to learn more about racial inequality in the U.S.
- Why Black Lives Matter is about humanity and how we treat each other
Related and Recommended Links:
Netflix documentary film, directed by Ava DuVernay 13th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8&t=210s
Malcom X: https://www.malcolmx.com/biography/
James Baldwin: https://www.biography.com/writer/james-baldwin
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem: https://www.resmaa.com/books
Emmanuel Acho’s YouTube channel video series, Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man: https://www.youtube.com/user/Eacho18/videos