Statement and Resources

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The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)  condemns the recent reprehensible killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Tony McDade, and so many other African Americans. These killings yet again highlight a fundamentally racist and broken criminal justice system that continues to enact profound violence on Black communities specifically. Beyond these headline examples, anti-Black racism is a central feature in U.S. inequality, a fulcrum upon which other systems of oppression rest. APLA stands in solidarity with the #BLM movement and others in their fight against police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and institutionalized racism. We contest the racist language used by the media to describe these uprisings. In the context of a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx and indigenous communities, and in the face of aggressive militarized policing, protestors are putting their lives on the line to demand racial justice. As political and legal anthropologists, we affirm their calls against systematic violence and for redirecting resources toward life-sustaining infrastructure for communities of color. We support and stand in solidarity with the ongoing anti-racism protests and marches in cities and communities throughout the US and the world. We also reaffirm our commitment to listening to and learning from the communities most affected by racial injustice. In particular, we heed the call of our colleagues in the Association of Black Anthropologists, and accept our responsibility to dismantle systemic racial inequalities and exclusions within the discipline and our institutions.


Below is a partial list of resources, including links to more expansive lists that have been compiled by others. This list will continue to update over the next weeks and months. As we further develop this list, we invite you to send your recommendations to We have not included links to bail funds here, but donating to bail funds is one concrete way to support those who have been arrested while fighting for racial justice.

Books (some free): 

Articles and Posts: 



Other lists and resources:


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