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#BlackLivesMatter

Hi all,

I’m sure most people are aware of the ongoing protests across the world after the murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis. It’s clear that the systematic killings of black and indigenous by police is wrong, and while me may watch in horror at the events in the U.S, Australia has a very similar problem with 434 Aboriginals dead in police custody since 1991, which as a collective nation is something we should mourn and also think about simply how unjust these things are. 

I would like to in this post to give a list of petitions that you can sign at just a few clicks so that these poor people and their families can receive the justice that they deserve as well as some book recommendations and new releases by black/indigenous authors.

Petitions to sign.

Justice for George Floyd – Floyd was held down by four police officers for almost 8 minutes, several of which he was unconscious. 

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

Justice for Breonna Taylor – Police murdered her in her own home.

https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Julius Jones is innocent – Falsely accused of a murder at 19 and has been in confinement for the past 20 years.

https://www.change.org/p/julius-jones-is-innocent-don-t-let-him-be-executed-by-the-state-of-oklahoma

Justice for Tamir Rice – Killed at aged 12 for playing with a toy gun.

https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-tamir-rice-appoint-a-special-prosecutor

Justice for Emerald Black – Was pregnant when Police threw her to the ground and stepped on her stomach causing her to miscarry.

https://www.change.org/p/san-leandro-police-deartment-justice-for-emerald-black

Justice for David Mcatee – Shot by the police while he was at his barbecue stand. He was unarmed.

https://www.change.org/p/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-justice-for-david-mcatee

Those of course are only some of the ongoing petitions. I encourage everyone to share these around and sign other petitions regarding this issue if we are to have greater levels of equality in the world.

 

Recommendations.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is perhaps the most famous book that everyone talks about regarding a book by an African-American author. The events of the book are based of the same situation that the world currently finds itself in, where a black person was unfairly killed by police yet no charges were laid upon the murderer. 

 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 

This is a fantastic book written in verse, which makes it super quick and easy to read, while also being incredibly powerful. I personally really loved this and it was part of the Silver Inky last year. 

 

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

This is a book by two Aboriginal authors and it is just so good. It’s told in a mixture of both verse and prose, and look, I’m a huge sucker for good prose, which this book had. It is a genuinely awesome book and it’s also quite short, so if you need something lighter to read, this is honestly perfect.

 

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K Jemisin

Slight warning here, this is technically adult and it does feature some slightly explicit scenes and will not be for everyone. Nonetheless, it was one of the most refreshing and original fantasy series that I’ve ever read and manages to blend a dystopian world with fantasy. It also features many LGBTQIA+ characters and really shows the direction that fantasy should go in beyond the typical medieval styled world following largely white characters. The first and third books were great, although book 2 did drag a bit.

 

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

This has so far been one of my favourite fantasies that I’ve read this year. It is adult, so just beware of that. It is African inspired fantasy and is the first in a quartet(book 2 comes out this November and wow am I excited!). It was also originally self-published before picking up lots of attention so that Orbit(one of the largest fantasy publishing companies) gave him a 4 book deal.

 

New and up and coming releases(that I haven’t yet read).

 

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

This is Acevedo’s newest book and it sounds awesome! It’s about a girl living in the Dominican Republic with her aunt and loves when her dad visits her, yet one day, he dies in a plane crash.

 

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson 

This doesn’t come out until September I don’t think but can we just talk about the cover because my goodness it’s fantastic and powerful and I love it. It’s about an aspiring singer when one day the person she was hoping would lead her to fame unexpectedly dies and the fingers are pointed towards her…

 

The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

This is her newest book and this time it is set in New York instead of a secondary fantasy world. It follows by 5 people as they come together to try and save their city.

 

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

This is a new YA fantasy inspired by West Africa and features dead mothers, princesses and all sorts of cool sounding fantasy shenanigans.

 

You Should See Me In A Crown – by Leah Johnson

This features a queer black girl who is trying to win money from Prom by being Prom queen so that she can go to her dream college and see all her wishes come true. While it’s not something I normally think about reading, it sounds interesting enough that I will certainly try and read it eventually. 

Those are obviously just a few books by black authors. There are way more out there and it would be great if we do give black authors and all aoc’s a shot and they truly write fantastic books. Yes, it may be different to a Maas or Clare book, but especially now, we should be giving everyone our support and stay united in this fight for equality for all. 

Take care everyone!

6 comments

sekhmet

I can't believe I've read none of these!
I'm definitely adding at least a few to my TBR list which is getting unhealthily long...

7th Jun, 20
zitongbooks

There’s just so many books I want to get to as well!

7th Jun, 20
inky State Library Victoria

Well said zitongbooks! Thanks for sharing these resources.

7th Jun, 20
zitongbooks

Thanks :D

7th Jun, 20
imosshelf

Thank you for sharing these resources! These are some great books!

8th Jun, 20
zitongbooks

:)

8th Jun, 20