It’s been 15 days since George Floyd died at the hands of the Minnesota police. Ever since, Black Lives Matter protests have taken place across the US – in all 50 states and DC – and in various cities around the world.
People worldwide have donated to bail out funds for those unfairly incarcerated, as well as to charities and organisations like The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter UK and Reclaim the Block. Social media has seen an outpouring of support for the black community both here in the UK, and in the US, too.
But the anti-racism fight must continue. While donations support fundamental anti-racism charities and organisations, protests halt the world to stop and listen, and petitions advocate permanent political change, the biggest fight is undoing systemic racism. And since the education curriculum fails at teaching anything but a white-washed history, it’s time to educate ourselves.
Here are links to lists of books, films, documentaries and podcasts for you to read, watch and listen to. Get learning.
BLACK REVOLUTIONARY TEXTS
From the words of American political activist, philosopher and author Angela Yvonne Davis, to academic papers written by Huey Percy Newton, African-American political activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, this Google Drive link is filled with historic and contemporary reading material.
AN ANTI-RACIST ALLYSHIP STARTER PACK
Curated by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon and Jourdan Dorrell, this spreadsheet is packed with links to articles on whiteness, racism, blackness in America, liberation and police violence. There’s also a list of books, podcasts and films to engage with, and a list of places to donate to on an ongoing basis.
BLACK UK RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANISATIONS
Led by a whole host of contributors including Black Ballad – a supportive platform for black women – here you will find an extensive list of UK-based charitable organisations with one central aim: to support racial justice and the lives and wellbeing of black people while covering all regions from Scotland to the West Country.
RESOURCES FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACTIONS FOR BLACK LIVES
Journalist Carlisa Johnson has compiled a number of resources calling for justice and accountability for those unlawfully murdered at the hands of police brutality and abused by reckless law enforcement, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmad Arbery. Action includes signing petitions to raise government awareness, direct contact lines to prosecutors and state mayors, as well as donations towards bailout funds for those incarcerated.
HOW TO BE A BETTER ALLY DAY-BY-DAY
Acting as a timetable, this resource is a starting place for those trying to become better allies to black communities. Curated by Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace, each day is broken up into “Watch, read, listen, act” actions, with material spanning everything from “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TED Talks, to articles from The Atlantic (like this one, written by award-winning African-American journalist Adam Serwer).
75 WAYS TO FIGHT RACISM
In this extensive list, Corinne Shutack outlines a range of ways you can be a better ally to black people. She covers key points like listening to POC when they talk about their experiences and their perspective, writing to your university to implement better diversity strategies and donating to anti-racism organisations.