“It is not enough to be not racist, you must actively be anti-racist” - Angela Davis
This list of resources is intended to help white people gain a deeper understanding of racism and the anti-racist work that needs to be done. To be anti-racist is to be actively opposed to racism. It means confronting our white privilege and admitting our place in a system of oppression. Having difficult conversations with our white friends, families, co-workers and communities. Calling out those who abuse their power and holding them accountable. Showing up for our Black* friends, now and always. Striving for racial justice.
Read to act. Read to organise.
We are all (un)learning at our own pace. But when the consequences of our ignorance are bound up in the continued discrimination, violence, and murders of Black people, we must work harder.
It is not the job of our Black friends to educate us on any of this.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and we will continue to update it over time. If you have suggestions, additions and comments please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Whilst Non-Black POC also suffer from racism, Black folks are suffering disproportionately under white supremacy and right now they need our attention.
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE
While bail and mutual aid funds in the USA currently feel the most urgent, we encourage you to do your own research on local as well as international organisations/funds to help out now and in future.
– Minnesota Freedom Fund – they need funds for supplies, resources, and paying bail for arrested protestors
– Black Visions Collective ongoing campaign centered on transformative justice in Minnesota
– North Star Health Collective community group providing healthcare services and resources based in Minnesota
– National Bail Out Fund #FreeBlackMamas
– George Floyd Memorial Fund by his brother
– Justice For Breonna Taylor petition & fundraiser
Anticolonial Activism In The Heart Of Empire – Priyamvada Gopal: Black radicals in London learnt vital lessons from rebellions in the colonies, and interpreted for a metropolitan audience
Recitatif – A short story by Toni Morrison which powerfully demonstrates the ways racism is internalised and how it manifests itself in ways like microaggression
1619 Project – The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
Feminist Killjoys – Blog of Independent scholar Sara Ahmed, whose area of study includes the intersection of feminist theory, lesbian feminism, queer theory, critical race theory and postcolonialism
Farewell To America by Professor of sociology Gary Younge
The Case For Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Privilege and Male Privilege by Peggy McIntosh
What We’re Missing When We Condemn “Violence” At Protests by Jason Johnson
In Defense of Looting by Vicky Osterweil
Black Riot by Raven Rakia
Against Innocence by Jackie Wang
Is Prison Really Necessary? Ruth Gilmore Wilson Might Change Your Mind by Rachel Kushner
What Is Prison Abolition online article by John Washington
Are Prisons Obsolete book by Angela Davis
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters Of George Jackson An outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system
Carceral Temporalities and the Politics of Dreaming An online talk with prison abolitionist Jackie Wang
The End Of Policing Book by Alex S. Vitale (e-book is currently free via this link)
Arrested Justice Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E. Richie
Prison: A Sign Of Democracy? An online talk with Angela Davis
What Does Justice Look Like Without Prisons? Online article by Oonagh Ryder
Decolonisation Means Prison Abolition Online discussion with Decolonize PDX
Policing The Crisis: Mugging, The State And Law And Order Book by Stuart Hall
Revolution Is Not A One Time Event organised by Silver Press with Akwugo Emejulu, Amrit Wilson, Che Gossett, Ru Kaur and Lola Olufemi
Cool It an interview with James Baldwin in 1968, still relevant, about race relations in America
Olave Talks / Explains - hosted by Olave Basabose, an artist who makes videos and conversations about race, politics, gender, et al.
The Black Revolution and the White Backlash Lorraine Hanberry speaking on how doing things “the right way” yields unjust results; they won’t change the fundamental order of things and so uprisings are essential, riots are essential.
Is Post-Racism A Myth? with footballer/writer Eniola Aluko and professor/writer Afua Hirsch.
How Structural Racism Works with Professor Tricia Rose.
Black Masculinity, Threat Or Threatened with bell hooks and Kevin Powell
The Color of Fear 1994 film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent.
About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that led to the politics of today.
Intersectionality Matters Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
Scene on Radio Explores human experience and American society.
1619 An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
Hoodrat to Headwrap A Decolonized Podcast with sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland's Ebony Donnley.
Pod Save The People Organiser and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists.
Code Switch Fearless conversations about race
BOOKS - all of these should be available at libraries. if you have the means to purchase books, please prioritise independent booksellers and distributors over Amazon
How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Why I No Longer Talk to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race by Gloria Wekker
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism by Robin di Angelo
Afropean: Notes From Black Europe by Johny Pitts
Black Skin White Masks by Franz Fanon
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats by Maya Goodfellow
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone by Minna Salami
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Black And British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks
Discourse On Colonialism by Aimé Césaire
There Ain't No Black In The Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
A Different Hunger: Writings On Black Resistance by Ambalavaner Sivanandan
Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power by Lola Olufemi
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
FOLLOW + SUPPORT
Black Lives Matter an international human rights movement with local subsidy groups you can donate and get involved with.
European Network Against Racism a pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe.
Anti-Racism Research & Policy Centre aims to attract support to examine racial problems anew, innovate and broadcast practical policy solutions, and work with policymakers to implement them.
Showing Up For Racial Justice US network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and work toward racial justice.
Black Queer & Trans Resistance Netherlands community and activist group countering racism, transphobia and homophobia through marches, intergenerational meetups and archival work.
DIPSAUS a podcast by and for women of colour and anyone interested in a different sound.
Zwarte Piet Is Racisme a community awareness campaign to address the racist history and legacy of Zwarte Piet.
Nederlands Wordt Beter focuses on recognising the influence that Dutch colonial and slavery past has on contemporary society.
Stop Watch Research and action for fair and accountable policing.
Show Racism The Red Card An anti-racism educational charity.
Runnymede Trust The UK's leading independent race equality think tank.
Gal-Dem Award-winning online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed.
Southall Black Sisters Work to highlight and challenge all forms of gender-based violence against women, primarily working to support the needs of black Asian and African-Carribean women experiencing violence, abuse and others forms of inequality.
British Values Fanzine celebrating immigrant communities in the UK, looking at the politics of Brexit, the lie of "British" majesty and telling our own stories.
Operational Black Vote ensures greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.
Institute Of Racial Relations Charity to research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world.
Shades Of Noir Provoking & encouraging both dialogue and cultural value, within the arts and higher education.
New Beacon Books Black owned bookstore in Finsbury Park, London.
@akalamusic - Akala is a London based Hip Hop Artist, writer, educator
@afuahirsch - author of Brit(ish), broadcaster, and former barrister.
@ayocaesar - Ash Sarkar is a British journalist and political activist currently serving as Senior Editor at Novara Media
@alicehasters - Berlin based journalist
@redlightvoices - Writer, feminist, Latina, sudaca, immigrant based in Amsterdam
@idealblackfemale - North American based writer and educator.
@wellreadblackgirl - A reading group for black women, regularly sharing resources.
@nowhitesaviors - An advocacy campaign led by a majority female, majority African team of professionals based in Kampala, Uganda.
@theconsciouskidlib - Parenting/Education through a Critical Race Lens.
@lavernecox - North American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate
@munroebergdorf - British model, activist and LGBTQ+ advocate
@rachelcargle - Public academic, writer, and lecturer whose activism and academic work is rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.
@indyamoore - North American actor, model and LGBTQ+ advocate
@blackpowerbottomtext – North American activist and movement worker
@claricegargard - journalist, columnist & filmmaker on race and resistance and more in the Netherlands
@alokevmenon - genderfluid writer, performer, speaker, poet, author of Femme in Public & Beyond The Binary
@laylafsaad - author of Me and White Supremacy