Given the ongoing events happening around the country, #HandsUpDoc has shared a few resources included in our official Learning Guide:




Do you have any recommended reads or articles?

Sure – here are a few articles and books to start you off:



  • The Economics of Ferguson (The Atlantic)

  • Justice Department’s Report on the Ferguson Police Department (The New York Times)

  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

  • Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person (The Huffington Post)

  • The Black Lives Matter policy agenda is practical, thoughtful — and urgent (The Washington Post)

  • I, Racist (John Metta)

  • The Counted (The Guardian)



  • This American Life “The Problem We All Live With” Part 1 and 2



  • Hands Up, the documentary (Zinhle Essamuah)

  • Fruitvale Station (Fryan Coogler)

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien)

  • Ferguson 365 (Chris Phillips)

  • 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (Marc Silver)



  • Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

  • The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)

  • The Heart of Racial Justice (Brenda McNeil and Rick Richardson)

I’m feeling kind of overwhelmed processing all this‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ news. Any suggestions? First off, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. That’s ok! Here are a few ways to process.

1. Self-care

Many protestors and activists advocate for good self care! Spending too much time in negative news can be bad for your physical, emotional and mental health. Practice self care by occasionally logging off of social media accounts and doing something you enjoy. Rest so you can be your best self when you’re in action.

2. Talk it out

Find a friend or family member you trust and talk about what your experiences, thoughts, fears and frustrations. It’s important to have someone you can process with. That being said, it is important to remember that every person is different. For some people, talking about the movement is incredibly exhausting, frustrating or repetitive. Please, respect that each person will respond to you differently, and that’s ok. Everyone needs space to process and each individual interacts with the movement differently. Ultimately, remember: you are not alone.

3. Use your voice

Find an outlet. Maybe you want to make a film, and interview people in your neighborhood – maybe a 'Letter to the Editor' in your local paper, create a painting, street art, spoken word poem; maybe you love baking and you invite friends over for dessert and discussion; maybe you go for a run and listen to a podcast about the racial history of your neighborhood while you’re at it; maybe you're tired of processing and want to take action – call your state representative, vote (for more than the president, local government officials too). You have a voice – strong, beautiful and clear. Use it.