UPDATED (JULY 2020)
I had always planned to pen a post about racism and resources for the education of the topic once I felt as though I knew enough to write a meaningful piece and share substantial information. However, right now, as the world’s attention has finally been grabbed by this hounding issue, the timing equates to people wanting these resources now. So, to begin with, I’m sharing a list of resources, some of which I have delved into heavily, and others that have been recommended and are on my hot-list to read and listen to, that grabbed my attention while starting my education on the history of racism, how black people are treated in a white world, white privilege and how to actively become an anti-racist.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo Lodge
- How To Be An Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
- The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
- How To Argue With A Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality, Adam Rutherford
- So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
DOCUMENTARIES & FILMS
- 13th, Directed by Ava DuVernay, Netflix & Youtube
PODCASTS, INTERVIEWS & CONVERSATIONS
- Pretty Big Deal With Ashley Graham
- Gabrielle Union, 8:03 – 11:35, 13:30 – 14:27 & 15:18 – 23:44 (police and gun violence). Gabrielle talks with Ashley about police brutality, gun violence and discrimination against black people.
- Elaine Welteroth, 1.36 onwards. Elaine talks to Ashley about having to grow up identifying as a black person despite being biracial.
- About Race With Reni Eddo Lodge
- Podcast with the author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race. Available on Apple Podcasts.
- Interview: Emma Watson with Paris Lees
- 3.45 – 5.30. In this clip Emma Watson talks to Paris Lees about her time studying in the States and the white perspective of, and slant on history, as well as the author of Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race, Reni Eddo Lodge, and her writing.
SMALL, EVERYDAY ACTIONS THAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN COMBATING RACISM
From listening to and reading books written by people of colour while furthering my education about the history of racism and why it still persists today, these are three of the recurring themes surrounding how to be actively anti-racist that I’ve heard/seen:
- Challenge racist comments and micro-aggressions of a racist nature. Help to enable an environment where racism isn’t allowed to exist, both overtly and in micro-aggression form. Share your education about the history and psychology of racism to encourage more anti-racism.
- Use multiple recourses to help educate yourself on racism to understand it’s history through a variety of perspectives and gain a rounded idea of how it persists today.
- Support brands owned and run by people of colour, and actively discuss when brands can do better to be more inclusive.
Love, T x