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Resources for unlearning white supremacy & practicing solidarity in anti-racist work to disinvest from anti-blackness *esp for SA in UK focus
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Before anything else, listen to black people>
*if you found this resource educational/any of my work & wld like to express gratitude pls donate to UK UFF fund supporting families of those who had died in police custody
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There are plenty of amazing resources online, this is just a few ideas that I'll try and keep updating regarding things I've found/read useful over the years - from Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan @thebrownhijabi www.thebrownhijabi.com
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Why I have posted any of this (from Suhaiymah): Why disinvesting from White Supremacy and ending our complicity in structures that dehumanise Black people is the only way to freedom for ANY person of colour
*created May 2020
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I particularly recommend the video/film sections if you find reading hard, but most of the text sources are accessible and important to engage with. (also the histories of solidarities is my fave bit because there's so much potential!)
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Knowledge is power. Once we understand that things occur because of histories - we understand that they're not natural, timeless or unchangeable. If that is so, it means they have a start; if that is so, that means they have an end. We have the power to change our world.
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*if you really don't know where to start I super recommend Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? - to help us move away from seeing this as an issue of individual bad cops, racism is the history of the prison, and the prison doesn't keep society safe.
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TO UNDERSTAND THE INVENTION OF "RACE" AS A CATEGORY IN MODERNITY, RACISM, RACIAL HIERARCHY AND ANTI-BLACKNESS AS BOTH A PRODUCT OF ENLIGHTENMENT THINKING, COLONIALISM AND METHOD TO CONTROL POPULATIONS; AS WELL TO UNDERSTAND COLOURISM ROOTED IN LONGER HISTORIES OF SOCIAL DIVISIONS IN SOUTH ASIATO UNDERSTAND WHY OPPOSING RACISM MEANS WE HAVE TO OPPOSE THE POLICE, PRISONS, THE IDEA OF "CRIME" AND, COLONIAL POLICING & OCCUPATION & THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ENTIRELY AND IMAGINE JUSTICE AS SOMETHING MORE WIDE E.G. A SOCIETY THAT DOESN'T PRODUCE POVERTY, RACISM, ETC.TO UNDERSTAND HISTORIES OF SOLIDARITY AND HOW "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" TACTICS HAVE CUT THROUGH OUR ANTI-RACIST POTENTIAL TO END RACIAL HIERARCHY THAT HARMS ALL PEOPLE OF COLOURTO UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO - HOW TO TAKE ACTION IN YOUR FAMILY, AT HOME, AT WORK, IN SOCIETY, THROUGHOUT YOUR POLITICS AND WITH YOUR MONEY AND RESOURCES (PUT UR MONEY WHERE UR MOUTH IS)
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Patricia Hill Collins, BlackFeminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment
Stay Woke, the Black Lives Matter Documentary
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?
Angela Davis - The Fallacy of Prison Reform Youtube
British Black Panthers - included South Asians
Malcolm X speaks on Divide and Rule
Dismantling Racism resource on white supremacy culture
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AudreLorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master’s House
5 Ways of understanding Black Lives Matter - Youtube
Mariame Kaba - everything she writes
The 13th - on Netflix
Afro Palestinians - al jazeera piece
Brief intro to Dalit Panthers Disrupt - point out and question anti-blackness wherever you see it, make it impossible to stop seeing and thinking about among your friends and family (tear down all symbols that commemorate racism tbh!)
ask why if you don't feel equipped to outright argue e.g. "why would it be bad if her skin was darker?" - this will help expose racist logics
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Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
Black and Muslim Britain, series on youtube
The End of Policing - Alex S Vitale (free ebook here now:)
Zine: Story of Attica Prison rebellion
Black-Palestinian Solidarity in Ferguson-Gaza era
call people out - this doesn't have to be a huge deal you can just say, "that's disrespectful and not okay to say/do"
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
British Education is racist - Kehinde Andrews youtube
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander (intro online)
History of the London Met Police in drawings
The Secret History of South Asian and African American solidarity https://blackdesisecrethistory.org/
disturb, be jarring, be a nuisance - keep doing it, even when you become a killjoy and "can't we enjoy anything"
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The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Stephen Lawrence documentary
Arun Kundnani, The Muslims Are Coming
Jackie Wang 11 min speech on imagining the future without police Youtube
Ferguson is Everywhere - on South Asians and others in solidarity
dont laugh at racist jokes - call it out or ask "i dont get it why is that funny?"
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Stuart Hall, The West and The Rest: Discourse and Power
South Asians in Perpetuation of Anti-Blackness, Ted Talk Aretha Basu
http://dde.org.uk/
Breaking Binaries ep 1 Innocent/Guilty
Solidarity with Yarls Wood - refugees (e.g.)
Toolbox on how to change your org
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Ain't I a Woman - bell hooksFruitvale Station (film)
The UK's Prevent Policy would not stop White Supremacist Attacks like Christchurch
Breaking Binaries ep 2 illegal/legal migrant
Why white supremacists and Hindu nationalists are so alike
Dr Muna Abdi Adivce on Being an ally
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How the Irish became white, Noel Ignatiev
Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin Di Angelo - video
Ruth Wilson Gilmore - Geographies of Racial Capitalism
The Annihilation of Caste - Ambedkar
Support - organisations working against criminalisation and policing Black people and communities
Communities Against Prison Expanstion (UK)
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This Bridge Called my Back anthology
James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni in conversation
From Minnesota to London, Who Polices the Police?
When They See Us *Netflix (about the Central Park 5)
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Under Western Eyes Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through AnticapitalistStruggles
Sisters Uncut
Racial Justice Network
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Undoing Border Imperialism, Harsha Walia
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Inglan Is A Bitch
Leaving the War on Terror - A Progressive Alternative to Counter Terrorism Report
COINTELPRO documentary
The South African Gandhi. Stretcher-Bearer of Empire (The South African Gandhi writes the indentured and working class back into history. The authors show that Gandhi never missed an opportunity to show his loyalty to Empire, with a particular penchant for war as a means to do so. He served as an Empire stretcher-bearer in the Boer War while the British occupied South Africa, he demanded guns in the aftermath of the Bhambatha Rebellion, and he toured the villages of India during the First World War as recruiter for the Imperial army. This meticulously researched book punctures the dominant narrative of Gandhi and uncovers an ambiguous figure whose time on African soil was marked by a desire to seek the integration of Indians, minus many basic rights, into the white body politic while simultaneously excluding Africans from his moral compass and political ideals.)
4font project
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Erasure of Black British HIstory at school - Paula Akpan
I am not your Negro - film
On Amazon and Anti-Blackness (corporations) - Micha Frazer
Mariame Kaba on People's History of Prisons in the US
What Ambedkar wrote to WEB Dubois
Stop Watch
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(1981) AUDRE LORDE, “THE USES OF ANGER: WOMEN RESPONDING TO RACISM”
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (film)
Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect (FREE ATM)
Mariame Kaba, the changing nature of fighting the prison industrial complex
Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian Americans - Vivek Bald
No More Kids in Prison UK
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Equality Labs resources on Caste Abolition
Injustice - Documentary about struggle for justice for UK families who lost people to police murder
Busting Myths about Prison UK
Is the American Empire Unravelling - Dr Sami Al Arian
Dalit Panthers: A Radical Resistance
Redistribute (Put your money where your mouth is) - contribute your money to causes supporting Black families, people or causes that enable Black people to live - this includes BLM funds, funds for justice for families that have lost people in police custody in the UK and more. This is vital - no point reading without redistributing (if you are able)United Family Fund - supporting families who lost loves ones in police custody (UK)
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Anti-Blackness in Asian Communities zine - Daikon (east asian focus but still useful)
Seeing White Podcast on the making of race
Gang violence is trauma article
African-Palestinian Community;s Deep roots in Liberation Struggle
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There Ain’t No Union Jack by Prof Paul Gilroy
Neocolonialism - the last stage of imperialism, Kwame Nkrumah
Afro-Iranian Community
Legal fees for Christopher Kapessa's family to fight for justice (13 year old Congolese boy drowned in Wales and case closed as accident)
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Franz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth
^ on spotify
If They Come in The Morning - Angela Davis
Islam, Race & Connected Histories - Let us Be Moors
Justice for Belly Mujinga Fund
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Capitalism and Slavery - Eric Williams
Revolutionary Suicide - Huey P Newton
The Bristol Bus Boycott in UK - when bus companies wouldnt employ black or asian crews
Black Muslim Women's Healing Space
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Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
Too Black, Too Strong - Benjamin Zephaniah
Towards an Islamic Decoloniality
The Free Black University Fund*** UK
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The Case for Reparations
A resource including some history of anti-racist union solidarities
UK BLM fund
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The Black Atlantic- Paul Gilroy
The Bradford 12, 1981 Black Ticket Project
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The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence
Decades of UK Anti-Racist organising, gal-dem
contribute to US bail bonds (getting people out of prison who are in for being simply too poor):
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*on tearing down statues
Rahul Rao on tearing down statues
Minnesota Healing Justice Network
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Video version of same argument
Kajol reading list on Black Resistance & SA Solidarity
HHUGS (charity working with families on front line of WoT legislation - ending the War on terror appratus is key to ending the police state)
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FULL Reading Lists/DRIVES put together by much more knowledgeable people!
Black Islam Syllabus by Dr Kayla Renee Wheeler
Collective for Asian Psychologists resource list
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Black History Month Library (full google drive)
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
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Black Lives Matter syllabus***
Ways to help when its not trending from BLM organisers
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Anti-Oppression resource list
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Black Revolutionary Texts (full google drive)
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Islam & Transformative Justice (full google drive)
Petitions/Actions
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Sign the Justice for Shukri Abdi petition (now 500,000 signed!)
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*Twitter accounts to follow:
@BMBProject
*Twitter accounts to follow:
@CAPExpansion
Resources for healing/racial trauma:
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(UK focus)@4FrontProject(UK focus)@NExclusionstwitter Healing Justice London
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@TemiMwale@FightToxicPrisons@KGuiliane
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@SistersUncut@kirabanks
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@galdemzine
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@lolaolufemi_
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@divanificent
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@paulaakpan
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@Micha_Frazer
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@azeezatj
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@CAATuk
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@KGuiliane
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what not to do:
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Selective/performative examples of caring about BLM
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