Responding to Charlottesville

Maria Elena Torres-Quevedo | 21st August 2017.

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Peter Cvjetanovic: Frontline participant at the White Supremacist riots in Charlottesville

 

When I got to writing this article this week, I quickly realised I couldn’t write something that didn’t address the recent events in Charlottesville. However, I was also keenly aware that it was not necessarily my place nor within my capabilities to provide a response, beyond an expression of the horror, devastation, disappointment, and determination that so many have been expressing in the past few days. I know I am not alone in feeling helpless in the face of these events, and I know that many of us have been looking for ways to support the counter-protestors of Charlottesville, both in the work they have already done to fight white supremacists and neo-nazis, and in the work that they will doubtless continue to do in the future. I also know that many of us would like all the guidance we can get in helping us to understand what has been happening and how best to move forward. With this in mind, I have decided to use my platform this week for two purposes: providing links to organisations doing invaluable work that would greatly benefit from our financial support; and providing links to excellent, spark-inciting pieces written by those most affected by the rise of these racist movements and those who have been fighting this fight for a long time.

Organisations that you can donate to include:

The following is a list of important reading surrounding Charlottesville:

I hope these resources prove useful, thought-provoking, action-provoking, and comforting. I would also like to note that I did not put these lists together alone, and am hence incredibly grateful for the community, both online and off, who continue to provide guidance and education through all the difficult times our world is facing.

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Brenda Diaz Castro with a positive message, Image: Daily Mail

 


About Maria

Maria is a PhD student in English Literature, focussing on contemporary American life writing through a postmodern feminist lens. She previously studied at the University of Seville and Cornell University. Her research interests include gender, identity politics, the intersection of narrative and identity construction, and genre theory.

Article edited by Tess Goodman.

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