An anti-racism reading list from NCR

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A woman in Minneapolis looks at a memorial for George Floyd June 14. (CNS/Reuters/Eric Miller)

We are living in fraught times. 

The novel coronavirus still ravages our cities, taking over 115,000 lives in the U.S. alone. But a tanking economy and frustrated consumers, employees and businesses have convinced all 50 states to reopen in some fashion. 

In the midst of this tension, on May 25, Memorial Day, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed while in police custody. His death joins countless others, so many Black Americans who have died by a police officer's hand. 

"There is no accounting for these deaths," NCR wrote in a May 29 editorial, "or the multitude of other African Americans whose deaths by police were unfilmed or otherwise unrecorded by history."

Our duty as a news publication is to report the truth. Our duty as Catholics is to join our brothers and sisters in crying out for justice and peace. 

Below you will find NCR reporting and commentary on this singular moment, plus reporting and commentary from our sister publications, Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat. We hope these resources help our readers understand what is happening in our country and our church. Take some time to sit with these stories as well as the powerful commentaries from Catholic writers, both Black Catholics and allies. 

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Demonstrators in Atlanta march for racial justice June 11. Over 400 Catholics filled the street in front of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (CNS/Georgia Bulletin/Michael Alexander)

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The casket of George Floyd is placed in the chapel of the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston June 9. (CNS/Pool via Reuters/David J. Phillip)

GSR commentary: 

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Kenya Turner, a member of St. Martin de Porres Church in Louisville, Kentucky, is pictured June 6 during the "Black Catholics Unite: Stand For Justice March." (CNS/courtesy The Record)

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