I thought I'd share some useful resources to donate, educate yourself and share with others.
Adichie illustration made by me (copyrights are all mine, you cannot reproduce this image nor use it for anything without asking me)
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!
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
The Conscious Kid
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
Families Belong Together
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Muslim Girl MPowerChange
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
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
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)
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):
@thegreatunlearn @laylafsaad @iamrachelricketts @zenchangeangel @ckyourprivilege @privotprog @blacklivesmatter
@colorofchange @ihartericka @shishi.rose @mspackyetti
I will update this space when I find more info! Thank you for reading!