As protests took place around the country over the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed in May 2020 at the hands of police in Minneapolis, a spotlight was trained yet again on America’s decades-long history of police brutality toward Black Americans.
Racism has often been called America’s “Achilles’ Heel” by former presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and it’s more apparent than ever how it can destroy lives and communities with a speed unlike anything else.
In this episode of The Abstract, we look to the positive and the proactive for people living in this historic moment.
Our first story looks at how a positive movement called #BlackBirdersWeek takes on inequality by promoting diversity in the biggest space humans come together — nature. A week-long initiative celebrating Black birders, explorers, and naturalists, Black Birders Week aims to break stereotypes and increase the visibility of a diverse black community. While fighting against the discrimination that prevents more people from joining and enjoying nature in the first place, #BlackBirdersWeek has become a force of nature that brings to light a positive way to join communities together, and safely promote change.
Our second story is proactive and gives tips to people who want to peacefully march safely and effectively. One-third of Americans say they've felt the need to protest in their lifetimes, and as recent events cause that number to increase, some careful considerations can keep you safe should you aim to protest during a pandemic.
Read the original Inverse stories here:
- Black Birders Week responds to racism with a celebration of Black naturalists
- 5 tips for protesting during a pandemic
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Right now, facts and science matter more than ever. That's part of the reason for The Abstract, this all-new podcast from the Inverse staff that focuses exclusively on science and innovation. Three new episodes are released a week, and each covers one theme via two related stories. Each features audio of original Inverse reporting, where the facts and context take center stage. It's hosted by the Tanya Bustos of WSJ Podcasts. Because we're Inverse, it's all true but slightly off-kilter. It's made for people who want to know the whole story. —Nick Lucchesi, executive editor, Inverse