“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ―
There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said far more poignantly by countless others so I want to use my small corner of the internet to share resources; to amplify Black voices; and to support the demonstrations currently going on in any other ways I can. Please understand that I’m not trying to lead the way in anti-racism work, it’s not my lane, I want to direct you to Black folk that are leading the way.
Below you’ll find a list of links, divided up into charities, funds and initiatives to donate to; people and organisations to follow; books and articles to read; and petitions to sign.
Silence is not an option. We need to be actively anti-racist.
For those of us in privileged positions, this is a time for two things. In the short term: action, including everything from signing petitions and joining demonstrations to donating to bail-out funds and following Black community organisations. And then in the longer term: education, learning how we can support, become better allies and just generally further the cause. The goal is to daily identify and eliminate racism from the inside out so that they can live fully.
I hope the list below provides a useful starting point for both short an long term practice, but it is just a starting point; I will be updating it, so please get in touch with any new suggestions or if you feel I’ve missed something.
Charities and funds:
Runnymede – UK independent race equality thinktank
Petitions to sign:
Boris to condemn Trump’s response #speakupboris
Articles and resources to read:
- Eight books by Black authors that aren’t about Black pain by Natalie Morris (via Metro)
- 75 things white people can do for racial injustice (via Medium)
- Anti-racism resources for white people (via Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein)
- Ways to help (via Black Lives Matter)
- “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (from The Atlantic, 2014)
- IG: George Floyd: How can I help from the UK? (via Das Penman)
- IG: 10 steps to non-optical allyship (via Mireille Harper)
- IG: Transform Allyship into Action: A Toolkit for Non-Black People (via Social Justice in Medicine Coalition at USC)
- IG: Brilliant Black-owned businesses to buy from in the UK (via Emily Ames)
Candice Brathwaite: ‘I’m at the forefront of a discussion that will save women’s lives’ (via the Guardian)
Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” by Rachel Cargle (via Harper’s Bizaare)
Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
I am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
Natives by Akala
Dark Days by James Baldwin
Diversify by June Sarpong
How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
White Supremacy and Me by Layla F. Saad
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
White Girls by Hilton Als
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
Watch and listen:
- Angela Davis on intersectional anti-racism (via Roshni Goyate)
- The Color of Fear, directed by Lee Mun Wah (1994)
- 1619 by The New York Times
- Code Switch by NPR
- 13TH on Netflix
- Various TED Talks on YouTube
People and organisations to follow:
Sophie Williams, Official Millennial Black (Instgram)
Women and Equality
Pushing for global gender equality means backing organisations that work hard to support women around the world – whether that means advocating for survivors of domestic abuse, lobbying governments on policy issues, funding education for girls in developing countries, connecting marginalised women with professional mentors, or something else entirely.
Millions of women rely on charities that provide invaluable services, support and education, if you’d like to donate money, volunteer your time or you can simply spread the word about their work.