Anti-racism resources

'In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.'

Angela Davis - American political activist, philosopher, academic and author

Systemic racism is embedded within our world in ways that we don't even notice. It's not just overtly racist acts like hate crimes and violence that represent the deeply ingrained racism that pervades societies.

"Racism is deeply embedded in our culture and our communities including our schools, the justice system, the government, and hospitals. It is so pervasive that people often don't even notice how policies, institutions, and systems disproportionately favor some while disadvantaging others." - What is Anti-Racism, www.verywellmind.com

As conscious people concerned about social justice and doing good in the world, we may firmly believe we're not racist. And yet, racism is a learned response and is often indirect, embedded in our unconscious beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. To dismantle racism, we can challenge ourselves to examine underlying attitudes, as well as get educated about the history we won't have been taught in school.

Learning & Unlearning

"The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward." - Ijeoma Oluo, author of #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race 

When getting started with anti-racism work, we can often feel afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, or not doing it perfectly. The important thing to know is that we're learning and unlearning together. It will take vulnerability, courage, commitment. It's a lifelong journey, not a tick box exercise, nor a self-improvement programme.

You may need support along the way. It's important to ask questions, learn and listen only from educators who're experts in teaching about anti-racism. Don't expect your Black, brown or mixed heritage friends to educate you as they may not want to, and it could be highly triggering for them. As Nova Reid says, "Being anti-racist is about reducing harm. This is your work to do, not theirs."

Educate & engage

Connect on Instagram

Nova Reid @novareidofficial (click her bio for Beginners Anti-Racism Guide, to join her email list & to pre-order her book The Good Ally)

Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle @rachel.cargle

Layla F. Saad @laylafsaad

Ibram X. Kendi @ibramxk

Maya Kalaria @thedecolonial

Ivirlei Brookes @ivirlei

Watch

Nova Reid's TED talk Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Rachel Cargle's Public Address on Revolution on YouTube here

'13th': an acclaimed documentary film on Netflix by Ava DuVernay

"White Women Who Truly Want to Help, Here's How": a video by Ivirlei Brookes - find it at @ivirlei on Instagram in her highlights 

Reading lists

Books

The Good Ally by Nova Reid - available to preorder now

What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri

Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire  by Akala

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Articles

Black Lives Matter Explained - article by Rachel Cargle, Harpers Bazaar magazine

Why We Need to Talk About White Fragility - article by Nova Reid, Restless magazine