"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, you must actively be anti-racist" - Angela Davis
George Floyd. A name that we cannot forget. His murder by Minneapolis police officers on May 25th which was filmed and posted on socials, resulted in global outcry. As Will Smith said, "racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed." This is not a new issue, but the video of George might well be the straw that broke the camels back.
Racism can no longer be tolerated or ignored and the time has come to take concrete action, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. You cannot call yourself non-racist or white ally because that's someone else's perception of you. What we must do now is learn to be actively anti-racist. What does that mean exactly?
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu
First and foremost, it means to speak up and out against the injustice you know of. Silence is no longer an option, if we care for people different from us.
After speaking up and acknowledging the pervasive racism that exists today, we need to back it up with our actions. This means going through a process of unlearning what society has taught us about race - after all we aren't born racist. It means re-educating ourselves about racism, different cultures, experiences and reframing our own experiences in light of these stories. Acknowledging our privilege and using it to drive systemic change. Most importantly, using our knowledge to speak out, speak up and criticise the status quo where we see injustice. Demand change where we see injustice, whether that be in politics, business, in your friends and family circle or from companies. Look at your social circle, your workplace and inward at yourself, and understand the work that needs to be done to make it more inclusive and less segregated.
Put in the work by starting to navigate your way through the below list. It may seem overwhelming at first, but you must make a start somewhere. Donate if you can, sign petitions because they're free and when you need to buy something new consider supporting a business run by a POC.
Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing, but show your commitment to learning and speaking out - it's the only way forward.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race - @renieddolodge
Me And White Supremacy - @laylafsaad
White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
Brit(ish) - @afuahirsch
Natives - @akalamusic
Don’t Touch My Hair - @emmadabiri
Sway - @drpragyaagarwal
Slay in Your Lane - @yomi.adegoke@elizabethuviebinene
How To Be An Anti-Racist - @ibramxk
Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Fatal Invention - Dorothy Roberts
The Condemnation of Blackness - Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The Autobiography of Malcom X - Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Sister Outside - Audre Lorde
FILM & TV
The Central Park Five
I Am Not Your Negro
When They See Us
The House I Live In
ReMastered: The Lion’s Share
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Hate U Give
In My Blood It Runs
Dear White People
The Rachel Divide
@theconsciouskid - parenting through a critical race lens.
BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT
@nubianskin - Skin-tone lingerie and hosiery for women of colour
@kazvaremadeit - A London-based creative illustration lab.
@chalkjewellery - earrings
@dorcascreates - UK based Artist obsessed with Black women
@wearekin.co - sustainable womenswear brand
@blackgirlsunscreen - Revolutionary sunscreen for women of colour made with natural ingredients
@brothervellies - sustainable shoes handmade by artisans from Nairobi to New York
@pyermoss - contemporary womenswear brand with a dose of activism
@beautystack - beauty treatment booking marketplace
@a.a.k.s - colourful handcrafted bags in Ghana
@kaicollective- attainable clothing with luxury aesthetics
@vavvoune- a leather accessories brand recognised by way of cultured design
@omathelabel- jewellery brand
@zouxoushoes- handcrafted shoe brand
@jamcanjuice - cold-pressed juice infused with CBD
@topscaribbean - Caribbean takeaway based in Peckham
@atijostore - A collection of exclusively curated vintage, secondhand, and artisan products
@zouxoushoes - slow fashion shoes, handmade in Buenos Aires
@lepetitorganic - kids shop focusing on eco-friendly, hand made and vintage
@the_mie - Consciously made womenswear brand based in Lagos
@sindisokhumalo - LVMH Prize Finalist 2020 sustainable fashion and textile designer
@chelseabravo_ -Artistically designed contemporary clothing
@kemitelford - seasonless womenswear brand
@earthtonedcollective - sustainable womenswear
@itsrooper - bags with remnant or vintage fabric
1619 - New York Times
We Need To Talk About The British Empire @afuahirsch
Conversations - @novareidofficial
The Truth Always Comes Out: The Murder of Marvin Leonard Williams - Blackbelt Voices
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Good Ancestors Podcast with Layla E. Saad
The Yikes Podcast with Mikaela Loach and Josephine Becker
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
An Anti-Racist Reading List by The New York Times if you want to dive in deeper.
Dear America: As A Black British Woman, Your Pain Is My Pain - Jessica Morgan, Refinery29
Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter" - Rachel Cargle
How You Can Support Black People Today, Tomorrow & Forever - Jessica Morgan, Refinery29
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change - Barak Obama
On Being White - James Baldwin
Colour Of Change - Demand the officers involved are charged with murder
Change.org - Justice for George Floyd
Black Lives Matter
Change.org - Battle racism by updating GCSE reading lists
George Floyd Memorial Fund - started by his family
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund - supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
The Bail Project - nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
Black Lives Matter
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota.
Reclaim The Block, a grassroots organisation that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources.
Say Her Name, a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women and girls.
The Loveland Foundation - mental health support for communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
A comprehensive 'Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack' shared by a friend and created by Tatum Dorrell, Matthew Herndon, Jourdan Dorrell.
MP Letter Templates - when using these templates remember to change the words so they don't end in spam folders and are more personal
Please feel free to comment more resources below, we know this is an ever expanding list that needs to be kept up to date.