Black Lives Matter Resources

I thought I'd share some useful resources to donate, educate yourself and share with others.

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We need social justice. We need genuine allyship. We need to acknowledge our white privilege. AND BECOME ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST! And this requires a lot of work from all of us.



image from the MacIver institute


First of all, we need to get that there is overt white supremacy which is socially unacceptable and covert white supremacy which is seen as socially acceptable. We need to check ourselves and those surrounding us, we need to call people out and stop fueling this more sort of "hidden" racism that everyone finds ok - cos, let me tell you, it is not okay.


I hope you find everything helpful - if you want to add any useful info, please leave them in the comments. Thank you!


A list of black canditates who run for the elections in 2020 (this is for those living in America)


Here's a compiled resource document: where to donate, sign petitions, call (if you live in America) & email to demand justice!




Books to read:


bell hooks: all her books. She's super important for black folx and feminist rights and I haven't seen her mentioned in any of those instagram posts, so please check her books out and read them.

Audrey Lorde: same with her. She is really important but I haven't seen her mentioned either, so please give her a read.

I recommend all of them & especially: Zami: A Spelling of My Name Sister Outside


Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin


A Mercy by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr Brittney Cooper The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley


Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story? by Suzanne Model


How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou I'm Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Black Marxism by Cedric J Robinson The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad Waiting 'Til The Midnight Hour by Peniel E. Joseph Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim Redefining Realness by Janet Mock


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs


The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga


Why I no longer talk to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge


So you want to talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo


Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique edited by Loretta Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater


How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo




If you live in America, here are some bookstores owned by black folx that you might want to purchase from before purchasing from Amazon (click here). This post was written by Njera Perkins.


If you live elsewhere, consider independent book stores before Amazon when possible. AND BEFORE AMAZON: please consider borrowing from your local library. I found many of these books either online as ebooks, audiobooks and as physical copies in my library.





Here are important organisations doing work tackling racial equity and justice (based on a List by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein):


Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Audre Lorde Project

Black Women's Blueprint

Color Of Change

Colorlines

The Conscious Kid

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

Families Belong Together

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Muslim Girl MPowerChange

NAACP

National Domestic Workers Alliance

RAICES

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

SisterSong

United We Dream






Films & Series to watch on racism (by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein):


If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins


The Hate U Give by George Tillman Jr.


Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975


Clemency by Chinonye Chukwu


Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler Just Mercy by Destin Daniel Cretton Selma by Ava Duvernay The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


I Am Not Your Negro (a James Baldwin documentary

On Netflix:

13th by Ava Duvernay


American Son by Kenny Leon


Dear White People by Justine Simien


See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol


When They See Us by Ava Duvernay




Podcasts (also by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein):


1619 (by the New York Times)

About Race

Code Switch

The Diversity Gap

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause

Pod Save the People






Instagram accounts by black folx & people educating about racism and doing their work (there are many more but this is just a beginning):


@rachel.cargle 

@israhirsi 

@vrye 

@polibeats_ 

@the.mirror 

@decolonisonsnous 

@aoc 

@mattmcgorry

@alliesdoingwork

@thegreatunlearn @laylafsaad @iamrachelricketts @zenchangeangel @ckyourprivilege @privotprog @blacklivesmatter

@naacp_ldf

@colorofchange @ihartericka @shishi.rose @mspackyetti



More Resources for how to raise anti-racist children / articles to read / videos to watch and other anti-racism resources here

I will update this space when I find more info! Thank you for reading!






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