BLACK LIVES MATTER: What you can do to help fight racism
In response to the horrific scenes we are witnessing across the waters, we will be altering our social media presence this week, in order to open up space for discussion surrounding racism and thoughts / emotions on current events by sharing recommended reading whilst promoting accounts that allow us to educate ourselves on anti black suppression and racial injustice.
It is not the responsibility of our black friends to simply tell us what we can do to help, we must educate ourselves. It is not enough to simply say we are not racist, we must be actively anti racist.
Every single one of us can play a part and make a difference, show up, make a stand, protest, share resources, sign petitions, make noise. Don’t be silent.
Black lives matter.
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW IN THE UK
- SIGN PETITIONS
- SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM IN YOUR INNER CIRCLES
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
ACCOUNTS you can follow
Black Lives Matter – @Blklivesmatter on Instagram.
Layla F. Saad – @Laylafsaad on Instagram Layla is the author of Me and White Supremacy.
From Privilege to Progress – @Privtoprog on Instagram.
Janaya Future Khan – @Janayathefuture on Instagram. Janaya has uploaded a live-stream to her IGTV aimed at white people only, to teach and educate, for people wanting to know what else they can do to help.
Munroe Bergdorf – @Munroebergdorf on Instagram
The Conscious Kid – @theconsciouskid on Instagram. If you are a parent take a look at this post discussing the idea that children may be ‘too young’ to learn about race issues and how racism can be reinforced by the silence of white care givers.
Mona Chalabi – @MonaChalabi on Instagram
Asai Takeaway – @AsaiTakeaway on Instagram
Lee Merrit (Civil Rights Lawyer) – @leemerrittesq on Instagram
NO WHITE SAVIOURS – @nowhitesaviours on instagram
Donté Colley – @Dontecolley on Instagram
Nicole Ocran – @Nicoleocran on Instagram. Nicole’s BLM highlight is really insightful and points out the emotional labour that POC go through when white people continually ask for help/directions/resources.
Jameela Jamil – @JameelaJamilOfficial on Instagram
Florence Given – @Florencegiven on Instagram
Nova Reid – @Novareidoffical on Instagram Nova runs in depth and comprehensive anti racism courses. For anyone in a financial position to do so the knowledge you gain about becoming a better ally to POC is invaluable.
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – @Rachel.cargle on Instagram.
Dom Roberts – @Domrobxtrts on Insgagram.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – @AOC on Instagram congresswoman for NY has been sharing helpful information for those protesting.
Gal-Dem Magazine – @galdemzine on Instagram.
Yazzie – @Standforhumanity on Instagram.
PODCASTS you can listen to
Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.
Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.
Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid
BOOKS and Articles you can read
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.Reni is also asking people who buy her book to purchase from small independent sellers or better yet borrow from a friend and spend the money on donating.
Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” By Rachel Cargle
10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black
How to be a white ally by Stephanie Yeboah (Patreon)
100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color
DOCUMENTARIES, films and Ted Talks you can watch
When They See Us – Netflix – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story”
I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary Amazon – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.”
What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube – Insightful short video ft Renni Eddo-Lodge (author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race) that really succinctly sums up the issues at play when discussing racism with white people. Easy and accessible language amongst maybe some of the more academic content online.
PETITIONS you can sign
List of petitions you can sign from Black Lives Canada – This includes area codes you can use if you are not based in the US
CHARITIES you can donate to
PROTEST Information Guides / tools
How to protest safely during a pandemic (via VICE)
Five points to consider before going to a Black Lives Matter protest in London or the UK (via @VARAIDZO)
Know your rights (via @initialola on Twitter)
Tool for quickly scrubbing metadata from images and selectively blurring faces and identifiable features (via @everestpipkin Twitter)