Based on yesterday’s feedback and response, I think I’m going to go ahead with a strategy to amplify black voices. As I shared yesterday, the ramble won’t be off topic but the links will be as they usually are.
Ramble of the Day
As I begin discussions on the realities of racial injustice in our world, I think it is pretty fair to say there is a lot we all can do, and in big and small ways. Here, I’m choosing to spotlight black people and their stories but the first thing I’d like to do as we get started is share just some of the wide variety of resources out there.
I’m pretty sure the one thing every one of us has in common outside of having some interest in Tottenham Hotspur is that we all use social media. It is a pretty powerful tool, particularly when it comes to learning and sharing information. I have found that a simple thing to do is follow accounts that are just as eager to share in the discourse. We are all more or less in the habit of instinctively checking social media a lot, so we might as well read and see some worthwhile things while we’re there.
I will recommend a few that I follow, from both the football world and outside of it, and share why. I hope you’ll also share some of your recommendations if you have them.
- Black Lives Matter: providing information and action, and many helpful resources from petitions to places to donate | Twitter: @Blklivesmatter; Instagram: @blklivesmatter
- Check Your Privilege: an organization focused on the mental health of people of color | Instagram: @ckyourprivilege
- Color of Change: an organization that designs campaigns championing voices of color and highlighting racial inequality | Twitter: @ColorOfChange
- Musa Okwonga: he’s a football writer and co-founder of Stadio, and is a good follow on sport in general but also sport’s relationship to the rest of the world | Twitter: @Okwonga
- Crystal Dunn: a player for the North Carolina Courage and the USWNT, outspoken on racial injustice and like Okwonga, a good follow in general | Twitter: @crysdunn_19; Instagram: @cdunn19
It is only a small group, but you will see that there are a lot of areas of focus from it. Just looking at a few accounts opens you up to an even bigger group of people worth following that may resonate with you. In general, though, giving yourself access to the perspectives of people of color allows for you to have a more complete world view.
If you want more recommendations, Variety has some a list of their own, as do Bucket Listers on Instagram.
Links of the Day
Manchester City’s Phil Foden was spotted breaking social distancing guidelines at Formby Beach.
The EFL charged Macclesfield after failing to pay wages on time.
Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhüttl signed a new four year deal with the club.
David Squires covers the 1993 match between Norway and England in his latest cartoon.
[behind a paywall] The Athletic’s Meg Linehan hosted a USWNT roundtable on their experiences navigating racial relations in the sport and in the United States
A longer read: Tom Hamilton on Sky’s experiment with crowd noise for pandemic-era Bundesliga broadcasts for ESPN