To Black people:
You matter. Rest. Heal. Be angry. Fight. You are loved. You are valid. You are welcome. You are power.
To white people:
Listen. Really listen. Educate yourself. Google it or find out yourself. Listen. Speak up especially when it’s uncomfortable to. Stop centring yourself in conversations. Reach out to Black friends and colleagues and ask how they are. Listen. Don’t talk about ‘subtle’ racism or call this a US issue. Do not justify yourself with “I’m not racist because…” statements.
To non-Black people of colour:
You can still benefit from a racist system and colourism even though you’re a person of colour, you can be complicit in anti-Blackness. Don’t use BAME or POC when you mean Black – and yes, there is work to do in yourself, your own family and communities, and in positions of privilege and power.
Our Beatfreeks’ Librarian has pulled together some resources for those who want to look for different information, including where you can find some of these items. Some of the authors and individuals mentioned here have a LOT more for you to look into.
This is to let you explore yourselves and dig deeper yourselves – it is not necessarily a representation of everything our Librarian, team, or community think and feel.
Please think about which resources and reading are what you need and want to engage with right now. This list has been grouped into rough categories so that you can focus on certain areas if wanted.
HISTORY ON WHAT’S HAPPENING/INFORM YOURSELF
David Olusoga – Black and British: A Forgotten History
100yearhoodie – HUGE resource that goes into history of police brutality
How can white people talk about race? – list of resources
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (book by Renni Eddo-Lodge)
and her podcasts About Race
How to be an Anti Racist (book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi)
So you want to talk about race (book by Ijeoma Oluo)
White fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about race (book by Robin Diangelo)
Who gets to be afraid in America – article by Ibram X. Kendi
Intersectionality Matters podcast
Anti-Blackness in the UK – article
Code Switch – race and culture outlet/podcast on American Radio about how it affects every aspect of society
Seeing White podcast
Netflix show ‘When the see us’ Learning Companion that goes along the show created by Ava DuVernay (the director)
BIPOC (MAINLY BLACK) SELF CARE/MENTAL HEALTH/RELATABILITY
Liberate – meditation app designed specifically for BIPOC experience by BIPOC
Austin Channing Brown – author of ‘I’m still here, Black dignity in a world made for whiteness’ but has a lot of talks on Youtube too
Black Girls Smile – mental health resources
Music – India Arie
A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower (book by Dr. Brittney Cooper)
Therapy for Black Girls – podcast
Colour of change campaign
100yearhoodie – HUGE resource, goes into white silence, implicit bias and how ignoring is contributing
Anti racist checklist (especially useful to extract what you can be doing as an ally)
Article on how her white friends can support Black women by Rachel Ricketts
Article on always being an ally-in-training
Podcast – Doing anti racism work with Rachel Ricketts
Article – 75 things white people can do for racial justice
The Conscious Kid – for parents who want to encourage race conversations with young kids
Ted talk on deconstructing racism with a focus on language and headlines
What to do if you can’t protest on the streets for Black Lives Matter – article from galdem
How to tackle anti-blackness as a non Black POC – article from galdem
Donations (including non money)
UK campaign on pulling from certain advertising organisations
Here are some independent booksellers, some of whom are giving FREE ebooks right now that are directly relevant to Anti-Blackness.
A lot of these booksellers specialise in ‘radical reading’.