There are so many resources available to us to begin our anti-racism education, here are just a selection that will be regularly updated and refreshed as I find more. Although some of the resources listed below are focused on the US and global issues, it’s important that we are all aware that racism isn’t just a US problem, and one of the key ways for us to fight it here in the UK is through the education system.
Before I share the resources I have put together, I want to highlight the list I found through DoSomething.org: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES – it is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work, and it is full of articles, podcasts, movies, books, and so much more. Please use it and share it widely.
And finally, before you get stuck into doing the work, remember you are not alone in this – we march together – this is a movement, not a moment.
Some Anti-Racism Resources To Set The Scene:
Trevor Noah helped me to understand not only the sequence of events that have led to this huge surge of momentum for the Black Lives Matter movement, but also the value of the protests, and why we shouldn’t be judging the method of challenging the status quo – watch this video if you support the protests but struggle to defend the “riots” or “looting”:
Kimberly Latrice-Jones’ empassioned speech helped me to see how the system has failed black people, and how we should consider ourselves lucky it is only equality they seek and not revenge for the injustice committed against them (my perspective, not her words):
For a list of ways to get involved and help the Black Lives Matter movement, go to https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
In the UK, you can go to We Create Change to find many ways you can help, donate, sign petitions, and contact your MP to highlight issues of racial equality and justice, as outlined the article shared above on how we tackle racism in the education system here. There is also a helpful list of 20 Positive Ways to Fight For a Fairer World from here in the UK.
Some People for You to Learn From:
Layla F. Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy has compiled an anti-racism reading list for you to educate yourself on issues affecting black people throughout the world and how we can begin to dismantle the system of white supremacy as it currently exists: click here to read more. You can follow her on Instagram @laylafsaad and get her book if it’s back in stock!
Nova Reid, anti-racism educator, activist and TEDx speaker (Not all superheroes wear capes) – you can learn all about her anti-racism resources here, follow her on Instagram @novareidofficial, and read her recent article in Stylist Magazine on How it feels to be a black woman teaching anti-racism courses right now.
Rachel Cargle, writer and activist, runs an interactive, donation based educational platform on @thegreatunlearn to begin your journey of learning and unlearning, as the case may be, and has a FREE 30 day course for you to #DoTheWork to become an ally.
Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Anti-racist – you can follow him on Instagram @ibramxk, and watch his TED Talk on ‘The difference between being “not racist” and anti-racist’.
Mikki Kendall, author of Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women a Movement Forgot – you can follow her on Instagram @karnythia.
Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. She’s on Insta/Facebook/Twitter via @austinchanning.
Akala, author of Natives
Afua Hirsch, author of Brit-Ish
Some Articles For You To Read:
White Lies My Textbooks Taught Me shows just how much our history books have been whitewashed – from Columbus to Lincoln to Jesus Christ – there is so much for us to learn (and unlearn!).
What Does It Mean To Defund the Police? explains the reasoning behind this objective of the Black Lives Matter movement. I was shocked when I first heard the term, but then I realised that this was revealing my experience and assumptions of dealings with the police, that doesn’t reflect the same experiences for black people. The more I’ve read about it the more I’ve understood not only the systemic racism built into the institution but also the many benefits we would all gain if the right funding went to the right organisations that were fit for the right purposes – we shouldn’t need to use armed police officers to handle mental health issues, for example. It’s definitely a policy worth exploring and understanding.
Some Social Media Accounts For You To Follow:
The History Corridor – @thehistorycorridor – to expand your history knowledge and understand the true origins of the world as we are realising it is today.
Oh Happy Dani – @ohhappydani – Danielle Coke shares beautiful, insightful illustrations, lighting our path to an anti-racist world.
Mixed Womxn – @mixedwomxn – share challenging, thought provoking questions and discussion topics on the issues of race.
Some Fiction For You To Enjoy:
Because I’ve learned that becoming anti-racist isn’t always about studying anti-racism, it’s about seeing the world through different perspectives in order to break down unconscious barriers & assumptions.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – a story that starts with a black babysitter, minding a white child, being detained by security at grocery store, but it’s so much more than that – it brings into play all the ideals of white, middle class feminism, and the assumptions of the “white saviour” approach, as well as the fetishisation of black people. Such a good plot, so well told, and it’s educational as well as entertaining.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who you may already be familiar with from her popular, educational Ted Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists“, but this is a work of fiction, telling the story of a young Nigerian woman and her childhood sweetheart as they embark on separate journeys through America and England before returning to their homeland. I haven’t finished the book yet (the reading list is long!) but it has been wonderful so far, yet again breaking down stereotypes and myths about race, particularly as Ifemelu writes a blog on race issues in America as a non-American black person.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Some People You Should Know About:
Olive Morris, who I’m ashamed to say I only learned about after she became the Google Doodle on the 26th June 2020, was a campaigner for racial and gender equality in London in the 1970s, and co-founded the Brixton Black Women’s Group in 1973, one of Britain’s first networks for black women. In one of her first examples of standing up to oppression, she intervened in the racial profiling and beating of a Nigerian diplomat by racist police officers who couldn’t believe he owned the nice car he was driving. She couldn’t stand by and stay silent, and and ended up being beaten and arrested herself for intervening in the injustice. Just one of many ways she stood up for people in her short life before dying of cancer at the age of 27.
Roy Hackett, who successfully challenged the “colour bar” being implemented by the Bristol Bus Company by arranging a boycott along with four other men – Owen Henry, Audley Evans, Prince Brown and Paul Stephenson. Inspired by Rosa Parks, Roy Hackett stood in front of a bus and changed the course of civil rights in the UK.