Black-Palestinian Solidarity released a powerful video today unifying resistance against state-sanctioned violence both communities are confronting. “When I See Them I See Us” features more than 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill, Rasmea Odeh, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, DAM, Aja Monet, Sapphire, Rafeef Ziadah, LisaGay Hamilton, the Baha Men, Rashid Khalidi, Dream Defenders Co-Founder Ahmad Abuznaid, Yousef Erakat (fouseyTUBE) and many more.
Black-Palestinian solidarity is neither a guarantee nor a requirement – it is a choice. We choose to build with one another in a shoulder to shoulder struggle against state-sanctioned violence. A violence that is manifest in the speed of bullets and batons and tear gas that pierce our bodies. One that is latent in the edifice of law and concrete that work together to, physically and figuratively, cage us. We choose to join one another in resistance not because our struggles are the same but because we each struggle against the formidable forces of structural racism and the carceral and lethal technologies deployed to maintain them. This video intends to interrupt that process – to assert our humanity – and to stand together in an affirmation of life and a commitment to resistance. From Ferguson to Gaza, from Baltimore to Jerusalem, from Charleston to Bethlehem, we will be free.