A project of George Mason University's Department of History and Art History and University Libraries, Racial Reckoning offers an inclusive digital space for reflection on protests against racial injustice in twenty-first century America. The end of the Civil War and American slavery did not bring equality for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Today, unarmed BIPOC encounter racist micro-aggressions and systemic racism in their everyday lives, and compared to white counterparts, are disproportionately likely to be stopped, falsely arrested, and killed by the police.
Racial Reckoning is a response to the mass protests spreading across our nation and the globe following the police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brookes this spring and summer of 2020. In particular, this Omeka site seeks to collect, preserve, and present the stories, personal experiences, and digitally-born materials of protests in Northern Virginia and other communities surrounding Washington, DC.
Another focus of Racial Reckoning is to gather materials related to the legacy of slaveholders and Confederate leaders who stand before us in monument form.
Contribute your experience here.
- Video or audio
- Images and screenshots
- Protest posters
- Written materials
- And more!
*If you add something that shows someone else's likeness, please be sure to ask their permission first. Forget to ask permission? Please use this to blur identifying features like faces, tattoos, etc., before uploading.
Posters and memorials, artwork, at Lafayette Park and Black Lives Matter Plaza, Washington, DC June 20, 202020-06-2020