Black Lives Still Matter
It’s been just over a month since George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis and although we’ve signed the petitions and made donations there is still work to do.
As leaders of this community we are committed to being anti-racist and we ask all of our community members to commit to this as well. This isn’t about jumping on a band-wagon or being politically correct, this is about unpicking the racist conditioning from our society so that we can bring an end to racism.
As white people we have never experienced this kind of discrimination. This means we must listen to and believe black people when they talk to us about their experiences. It can be uncomfortable to recognise behaviours or actions that you’ve partaken in that you realise now were harmful. We must admit that we have been wrong in the past and commit to listening, learning and being better.
There are many resources out there that exist to educate on racism and it’s long and painful history. Below is a list that we hope to serve as a starting point for your education. These lists have been compiled from personal recommendations from friends and also from other lists we've seen online.
We have broken the list into two parts; academia and recreational. As important as it is to read critical texts that will give you an academic perspective of the issues at hand, we understand that not everyone can consume this type of content on a regular basis. The recreational resources are stories about and by Black people to give an authentic perspective.
Some actions you can take now:
We also recommend going through this check list of practical ways to continue to support the BLM movement from the UK. This list was created by Nandini Mitra.
We hope to come back to and update this list below over time so do please keep checking in and if you have anything you think should be added just drop us an email or an Insta DM and we will add it to the list.
Side note: if you want to purchase any of these books please consider supporting your local bookshops or ordering online with Hive who donate a portion of all profits to your chosen independent book shop.
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race
Me and White Supremacy
Layla F Saad
Superior: The return of race science
How to be an Anti-racist
How to Argue with a Racist
So You Want to Talk About Race
Don't Touch My Hair
I Will Not Be Erased
TeenVogue compiled a great list for Juneteenth here
You can find a good starter list for podcasts here on Bustle.
If you want more structured learning resources subscribe to Rachel Cargle's Patreon 'The Great Unlearn'.
The Bluest Eyes
Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Nickel Boys
Citizen: An American Lyric
Notes of a Native Son
The Fire Next Time
Between the World and Me
The Fire This Time
When They See Us
Dear White People
Noughts and Crosses
I May Destroy You
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk