Black Lives Matter.
by Rayn Bumstead on June 6, 2020
Posted in: Uncategorized
In the past week, we’ve watched a powerful uprising unfold across our nation. Although the recent protests were sparked by the recent cruel and unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, they are a response to the systemic racism that is intrinsic to this country’s history.
Black Lives Matter. As a student-run organization, we believe that it is crucial to take a stance in solidarity with our Black students on campus. It is our duty to actively engage in antiracist work within the bounds of Middlebury College and beyond. Thus, we endorse the call to action sent to the Office of the President on June 3rd, and we support the greater movement for abolition and black liberation.
Furthermore, we believe our role as a college radio station is to use our platform to amplify artists and voices traditionally obscured from mainstream media sources. The music industry has a history of consuming and appropriating black culture. We recognize that simply listing black artists you should support is not enough. Visibility is not enough. These issues are structural, and we encourage everyone to evaluate their own positionality and complicity within a white supremacist system. In order to actively engage in anti-racist work, we have compiled a list of general resources as well as those specific to Middlebury campus and the music industry at large.
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Music and Artist Related Resources
PLACES TO DONATE
LIST OF ARTISTS AND LABELS DONATING ON BANDCAMP
BLACK TABLE ARTS
SOMETHING TO LISTEN TO
A REVOLUTION PLAYLIST BY RACHEL CARGLE
READINGS ON WHITE SUPREMACY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
SEXISM AND MISOGYNY: WHO TAKES THE RAP? MISOGYNY, GANGSTA RAP, AND THE PIANO (BELL HOOKS, 1994)
SHARECROPPING BLACKNESS: WHITE SUPREMACY AND THE HYPER CONSUMPTION OF BLACK POPULAR CULTURE (NYAMBURA NJEE, 2016)
ANTIRACISM @ MIDD
BLACK AT MIDD: 06/03/20 EMAIL TO PRESIDENT LAURIE PATTON PETITION
MIDDLEBURY DISORIENTATION GUIDE