EUSDS stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
You should not be supporting Black Lives Matter just because of swing dance. You should be supporting the movement because it is the right thing to do regardless. Black Lives Matter spreads far beyond just swing dance and you should be doing what you can to educate yourself on the issues. It is also important to emphasise that while our attention has only just been brought to BLM in the past week, we need to accept that being part of the movement is a lifelong commitment to equality.
The EUSDS committee stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We want to ensure we have a fair discussion and portrayal of Black history. We respect the cultural importance of the dance. We acknowledge that the EUSDS committee is not racially diverse and as such we need to take care to not speak on behalf of black voices, but rather encourage listening to Black voices and creators. We do not claim to be perfect and know we will make mistakes, however we fundamentally want to ensure swing dance is inclusive and respectful to all.
On the EUSDS committee we are constantly discussing the question of inclusivity. If there is ever an issue where you feel uncomfortable, no matter for what reason, we want to encourage you to talk to the committee (inclusivity officers and safe spaces) so we can help. However at the same time we do not want to place the burden on any individual, so we will try to be open about discussions on inclusivity and make our expectations clear to the society through our code of conduct. While we have the best intentions inevitably we are going to make mistakes. We want to keep this an open discussion and any feedback about our inclusivity policy will be taken onboard.
Black Ed Movement - Edinburgh University Students
Feeling Helpless Around Police Brutality? Here Are Some Things You Can Do.
Practical Things You Can Do to Fight Racism in the UK
Beantown 2018 - Q&A with Norma Miller
“The ****ed up legacy of the arrest of Miles Davis”
“White Women who Truly Want to Help: Here’s how”
“Black Rage” Kat Francois
"Dear White People" - Series based in a college which discussed racial issues. It is a light hearted watch, however brings attention to racial issues.
"13th" - Documentary discussing the history of systematic racism in america and how it still exists today.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russel
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
The Miner’s canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
How We Get Free by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Black stats by Monique W. Morris
Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell
This week I would like to highlight this Q&A with Norma Miller. She was an awesome story teller and I encourage you to listen. The Q&A is fun and lighthearted, but also has some serious discussion.
With Lindy Love