Black Lives Matter: Resources for Allies in the UK

It should have become abundantly clear by now that being ‘non-racist’ is not enough. It has never been enough. What we need to do right now, and forever moving forward, is to be actively anti-racist.

The emotional labour placed upon Black people to educate white people is overwhelming. We have relied for far too long on our Black friends to educate us about racial issues. Whiteness is not the ‘norm’ and yet that is how white people treat it. For years we have shared stories and history and created the label ‘Black history’. Because by default, whether you mean it or not, the term ‘history’ alone generally refers to the history of white people. (It was written from the perspective of white colonisers.) The same is true for so many other things that we racialise.

Before you jump in and start saying that ‘all lives matter’ and that you are not racist (in the same sentence) research, watch, read. Statements like this just show that you have not yet come to terms with white privilege and that somehow you feel threatened because you are not the centre of attention. If you feel uneasy about terms like Black Lives Matter then I encourage to really think about why an anti racist statement sits so uncomfortably with you.

Below are some resources pulled together by a friend of mine, with some that I have added in. I ask that you read and be open minded to views other than your own, to listen and to learn.

Documentaries / TV shows / films

13th (Netflix)

When they see us (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

Fruitvale Station (Netflix)

Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)

The house I live in (Amazon Prime)

Books

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

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

White fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo

We need to talk about race: understanding the black experience in white majority churches by Ben Lindsay

Think like a white man: conquering the world…….while black by Dr Boulé Whytelaw III and Nels Abbey

Black and British: a forgotten history by David Olusoga

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atfVUgyEIOI – Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire  (also available as a podcast “Unfiltered with James O’Brien” look for the Akala episode)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzLT54QjclA&t=3s – Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story by Robin DiAngelo | Big Think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54 – Deconstructing white privilege by Robin DiAngelo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuZbbMOH0Qo – Feelings on racism in Britain – Is Britain Racist?

Podcasts

1619 by the New York Times – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

Code Switch – https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/?t=1591194504357

The Echo Chamber – https://open.spotify.com/show/61NN9bklzhHZs5YvR0jyoT?si=2JQgrvKDQLW18tvaBe-DmQ

Black Gals Livin – https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/black-gals-livin/id1437752047

Say Your Mind – https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/say-your-mind/id1324118843

About Race by Reni Eddo – Lodge – https://www.aboutracepodcast.com/

Reports and publications

https://www.runnymedetrust.org/projects-and-publications.html – the Runnymede trust is an independent race equality think tank who have several publications on racial inequality in the UK.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/594336/race-in-workplace-mcgregor-smith-review.pdf – an Independent review by Baroness McGregor-Smith considering the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643001/lammy-review-final-report.pdf – an independent review commissioned by David Lammy MP into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.

Articles

IS “WHITE PRIVILEGE” A USEFUL CONCEPT IN THE CURRENT UK CONTEXT? https://www.rota.org.uk/content/%E2%80%9Cwhite-privilege%E2%80%9D-useful-concept-current-uk-context

White privilege: a primer
https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/politics/article/what-is-white-privilege

10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black https://www.welcometostratagem.com/post/10-habits-of-someone-who-doesn-t-know-they-re-anti-black

Race for Justice
https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/race-justice

UK Charities

Runnymedehttps://www.runnymedetrust.org/

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trusthttps://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/

Stand Against racism and inequality (SARI)https://www.sariweb.org.uk/

UK Black Pride – https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/mission-statements

Race Equality Firsthttp://raceequalityfirst.org/

Black Minds Matterhttp://blackmindsmatter.co.uk/

Stand up to Racismhttps://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/

Take Action

Educate yourself – If you have access to the internet then you have access to an abundance of resources, ignorance is no excuse.

Write to your MP – Express your concern and ask them to take positive actions.

Write to your Police and Crime Commissioner – asking them what is being done about black deaths in custody, prison and how Black communities are being engaged with.

Speak up – Raise awareness and amplify the voices of Black people.

Listen – Listen to Black communities. Signpost The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network if you feel it may be useful.

Be aware – Do not encourage more Black emotional labour. They have been campaigning for years and they are tired. Do your own work.

Donate – Donate to the charities listed or research other charities that need support.

Be responsible for your actions – in-action is action.

If you have more resources to add please contact me.

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