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    Resources on Anti-Racism

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    On the 25th May 2020 the world witnessed another murder of a black person in the USA. George Floyd is one of many that have been brutalised by those meant to protect and serve the people. His name, like Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown and all those that have been senselessly murdered by the Police, will not be forgotten.

    We must now use our time, platform and privilege to fight for change. Racism cannot and should not be tolerated anymore. People must recognise the ignorance they surround themselves with due to their privilege. It is no longer acceptable to simply be a non-racist, we must be anti-racist. It is time to recognise the deep rooted, institutionalised, systemic and systematic racism that continues to plague our communities. We must listen to the BAME community to understand how we can create impactful reform.

    “When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find opportunities to make real change.” – Ijeoma Olu

    To be anti-racist, you must actively fight against racism, by taking part in things such as, protesting, signing petitions, sharing information on racial discourse, donating, speaking up to family members and friends when they make racist comments or racial micro-aggressions and by educating yourself on your privilege, racism and how to help.

    We must start by checking ourselves first. It is easy to think ‘I’m not racist’, but we must think about what stereotypes we hold, what we know and understand about different races and cultures that are not our own, and what we have been taught by society about race. We must then recognise and understand our own privilege – what have you benefited from because of the colour of your skin, how have others been treated because of their race and how you can use your privilege to help others.

    “Racism is a learned affliction and anything that is learned can be unlearned.” – Jane Elliott

    Petitions

    Petitions are a powerful way to make change and bring justice to those that need it. They take five seconds of your time and are free. We have already seen important actions being taken due to the ongoing efforts from demonstrators and activists, but we can’t stop there. Please see below for a list of petitions that still need signing:

    Justice for Belly Mujinga

    Julius Jones is innocent. Don’t let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma

    FREE JOHN BRANDON LAMOTTE

    Justice for Breonna Taylor

    Justice for David McAtee

    Justice for Cameron Green

    Justice for Joseph

    Demand Justice for Darren Rainey

    Justice for Christopher

    Demand a retrial for Angel Bumpass wrongfully convicted 13 year old with a life sentence

    I want Sandra Bland’s case reopened

    For a more extensive list of petitions that need signing please click here.

    Accounts to follow

    @NAACP

    @ckyourprivilege

    @rachel.cargle

    @blklivesmatter

    @speakingofracism

    @blackvisionscollective

    @bailproject

    @naacp_ldf

    @shaunking

    @nowhitesaviours

    @theconsciouskid

    Donations

    We understand that not everyone is able to donate but if you can, remember every little helps!

    The Bail Project

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

    Black Lives Matter

    Know your Rights Camp

    Steven Lawrence Charitable Trust (UK)

    Stand Up To Racism (UK)

    Green & Black Cross (UK)

    Black Lives Matter (UK)

    StopWatch (UK)

    Inquest (UK)

    Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health (UK)

    Reading

    Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt

    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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

    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

    Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad

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

    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

    Film & TV

    13th

    Hidden Figures

    Dear White People

    Becoming

    #blackAF

    Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

    Malcom X

    Get Out

    The Central Park Five

    Selma

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Buy from Black owned businesses

    Chloe Ainsley Creative – Eco friendly stationary where you can buy invitations, save the dates, on the date stationary, etc.

    Freya Bramble-Carter Ceramics – Beautiful ceramic art for your home.

    LIHA – They describe themselves as: “..beauty products that are, like us, a mixture of natural African roots and a quintessentially British attitude.

    Chalk – A stunning jewellery brand, where you can shop for earrings, bracelets, brooches, bracelets and necklaces.

    Kosibah – Gorgeous wedding dresses for your special day.

    Nubian Skin – They sell lingerie and hosiery for people of colour.

    Y-Fit Wear – Gym wear that also has a Hourglass Collection for those with an hourglass figure

    Podcasts

    About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

    The Receipts

    Slay in Your Lane

    Still Processing

    Code Switch

    1619 by The New York Times

    Yo, Is This Racist?

    Seeing White

    Posts

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    again, i am not an expert, but because my last post did so well i thought i’d keep the ball rollin’! ⚾️ i want to explain why “reverse racism” is a myth created by the white majority to pin marginalized communities against each other and also take the weight of racism off of themselves. time and time again, i’ve heard people argue, “well, black people can be racist too!” well, if you truly analyze the definition of racism, black people can’t really be racist thou. racism is not merely an action or thought, it’s about holding systemic power and using this systemic power to keep other races, communities down. as a student and linguiphile, i think language is incredibly important and if we don’t use it correctly we can help spread false information. when an Asian woman was attacked in the Bronx by four Black teenagers, i saw a lot of people on my stories labeling that as “racist,” (don’t fret if you did this, the media does it all the time!) when in fact the act was discriminatory. does that justify the act? hell naw! but what it does do is help us separate terms and redirect the conversation of racism. racism is about systems that have traditionally marginalized communities of color and which must be dismantled. 〰️ i hope this is informative! thank you for all the new followers, i’m glad you found my post helpful. i’m off to take a break from social media for a day, peace! ✌🏽#blacklivesmatter 〰️ p.s. a lot of the information i am spreading is information i learned from taking a course on race and racism in America. it is my belief that everyone should critically analyze race relations in America, and what better way to do that than by taking a college course on it. if you ever have a chance to take a course on race, DO IT! and preferably let it be from a Black person. that’s all, goodbye now!

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    BLACK LIVES MATTER

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