Hi. I’m Baratunde Thurston and I built this page as a light home for my ongoing creative project to transform traumatic stories of white people calling police on Black people into something more healing and positive.
I initially built this project for a performance at the XOXO Festival in September 2018 in Portland, Oregon. With help from Color of Change, I expanded my own collection of headlines by adding their research. I then partnered with the creative community platform Glitch, to make a playable prototype of one level of the game. That version is still live and playable.
In preparation for my April 2019 TED Talk, I further expanded and honed the data set using this Airtable as the repository. I’m embedding a view here for ease of access, but you can click through to the Airtable to copy the set yourself or just explore.
I plan to continue updating the data repository and a few more light sets of analysis. I’m open to other ideas as well, so hit that “Contact Baratunde” button if you have ideas.
And if you like the idea of this project and what I’m about in general, please join my email list.