Byte Me #16: Breonna Taylor, police surveillance, and virtuencers

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Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3

We’re skipping our own personal updates this week, and are instead linking to some resources on learning about racism, systematic oppression, and allyship:

If you’re joining protests, we’ve made several guides on keeping your personal data safe while on the ground, how to quickly disable your iPhone’s metrics if you’re arrested, how to turn off your location services on iOS and Android, and how to blur faces and strip metadata from photos.

This list is not a complete one, but has resources we’ve personally found helpful. Please let us know if you have a resource you think we and others need to see!

[Also read our previous issue: Byte Me #15: Objectifying men, pandemic parenting, and mindful masturbation]

We’re also skipping the misogynistic tweets for now — here’s this month’s illustration from our gloriously gifted designer, Saïna:

the bloody news

  • Model and transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf is accusing L’Oréal of racial hypocrisy. They fired the model from a campaign in 2017 after she spoke out about the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville. Yet now L’Oréal is promoting “speaking out” on their Instagram. (The Guardian)

  • Resurfacing this essay from Pulitzer-winning journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones, “The grief that white Americans can’t share.”
  • We really enjoyed this conversation between Janelle Monáe and Cheers‘ La’Darius Marshall on identity, mental health, and integrity. (The Cut)

  • Speaking of Janelle Monáe, here’s her cover story for last month’s Vanity Fair: “There can be a real uprising… The majority of us do not want to continue to see things be the way that they are.”

    Credit: Vanity Fair