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Hey Momentum readers,
Like so many other events this year, this holiday season has been marred by Covid-19 but we hope as you polish off the rest of those leftovers you don’t forget that some traditions can remain the same and are good for the soul. Today is Cyber Monday and tomorrow Giving Tuesday, and here at Momentum we whipped up an Anti-Racism Gift Guide for an array of people in your life — the marchers, the woke writer, the warrior who embraces joy (don’t forget, it’s an act of resistance), the young Kings and Queens in your life (because we can’t ever forget about the kids), and so on. Give it a read, share it with your friends and family, and get started (if you haven’t already) on your holiday shopping from the safety of your sofa because Covid-19 numbers are increasing across the nation.
And while you scan the net for deals and shop for your loved ones (or yourself, no judgment here) don’t forget to take a break and consume some necessary art. Nadine Drummond interviewed Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen about his five-part film anthology Small Axe, and he spoke about being inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement here in the States. The series is excellent and features some of our faves, and you can stream it on Amazon Prime (while you shop the gift guide).
Speaking of consumption, while we won’t be in the mall and shops IRL in the same numbers as previous years, it’s worth noting that when we were, our experiences weren’t always fun or fair. Black shoppers experience racial bias and there’s still a lot of work to be done by retailers to ensure that we’re not being followed around stores and treated like our money is less valuable than that of White consumers. And to circle back to our Gift Guide, there’s no better way to stick it to those who don’t seem to value our dollar than to buy local, buy Black, and support your communities and small businesses.
More stories to keep in the conversation
Police are still killing Black people and Philadelphia is fed up. David Dennis Jr. explains how, unfortunately, Trump’s war on Black voters is far from over and Level writer Shane Paul Neil writes about the awkwardness of White joy post-election. Nicole Froio breaks down how the student loan crisis is a racial inequality issue because, as she points out, intergenerational wealth is a privilege. ZORA reports on how Southern Black organizers have some advice for future campaigns. And GEN’s own Andrea González-Ramírez talked to filmmaker Erika Cohn about Belly of the Beast, a documentary uncovering forced sterilizations that largely affect and target women of color.