A man with the right scruffed-up beard and breadth of chest swaggered into the S and M dungeon that was my place of business, and twenty minutes and one grand later had my chin — still soft with the downy fluff of teen-girl skin — held steady in one paw while the other one flew at my face so hard and fast that I ceased to exist as the same collection of matter I had been the previous instant.
When Sarah’s mother, Penny, got sick four years into our marriage, we decided to move back to Mississippi, considering it penance for the sins of our youth. We signed a lease on a house, a white one-story on the historical register with a wraparound porch and angels, stars, and the moon painted on the transom above the front door.
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We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and James Scurlock — only the most recent and visible Black lives lost to violence, often at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity with protesters all over the world marching in their names.
Both on and off the page, The Sun supports the cause of social justice. If you’re able, please consider joining us in contributing to those working to end systemic racism, inequality, and police brutality.
Black Lives Matter
A global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Creating Freedom Movements
A yearlong education program that nurtures visionary grassroots leaders who build beloved community, cross-issue solidarity, and infrastructures of justice and joy.
The Equal Justice Initiative
A group working to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect the basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
The Marshall Project
A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal-justice system.
The Movement for Black Lives
An organization that supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy, and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem.
The National Bail Fund Network
Contributions to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at the Community Justice Exchange will be distributed across the 60+ community bail and bond funds of the National Bail Fund Network who are posting bail and bond for individuals in immigration detention and local and county jails. To view a list of local bail funds for protesters around the country, please click here.
The National Black Food and Justice Alliance
A community group that organizes for Black food and land by increasing the visibility of visionary Black leadership, advancing Black people’s struggle for just and sustainable communities, and building power in our food systems and land stewardship.
The National Lawyers Guild
A guild that works to provide legal support in labor struggles; international rights monitoring; mass defense of political speech; and rebuffing attacks on immigrants, women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, prisoners, and others facing government and institutional oppression.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
A campaign uniting people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.
Take Action Chapel Hill/The Anti-Racist Activist Fund
The Fund provides support for activists, particularly those facing criminal charges, in the struggle against white supremacy in Orange, Chatham, Wake Counties and surrounding areas.
As an organization whose staff is predominantly white, especially one in a homogeneous publishing industry, we have much work to do. We are committed to understanding our privilege and overcoming our implicit biases, and we welcome feedback that makes us better allies to marginalized voices, particularly Black and brown ones.
We’ve gathered selections from The Sun’s archive that examine white supremacy, systemic racism, mass incarceration, police brutality, and other related issues. They are all freely available for anyone to read and share. Click here for the list.