Carnegie Mellon University

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Statement from the English Department:

All of us in the English department have dedicated our lives to working with words. But no words can help George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, or the countless other black Americans who have died as the result of racist violence throughout our country’s history; and words that are not coupled with action cannot bend the arc of history towards justice, or console us in our mourning. 

Whether in Minneapolis or here in Pittsburgh, in Louisville or in Brunswick, GA, the killings of black men and women demand that we act to put an end, once and for all, to the inherent racism within the very institutions that are supposed to serve and protect us as citizens.  What we owe to those who have died at the hands of police officers or self-appointed white vigilantes, and what we owe to our society if we can continue to call it a democracy, is a firm stand against police violence, white supremacy, and all forms of racism. As a department, we support all those students, staff and faculty who risk their lives to peacefully protest and organize against these injustices.  

For us, as educators, action starts with writing, learning and teaching. We are offering a list of resources for engaging in action, and we ask all the members of our community to share more resources with us.

Forums and Town Halls


Articles to read:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Film and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • Sorry to Both You - Hulu
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources: