How to be a better ally for Black Lives Matter

‘This is not a moment. This is a movement’.

These are some (non exhaustive) ways you can become a better ally as a white person and resources from other people that I have seen and found useful that others may also find of help.

THINGS TO WATCH:

  • 13th – Netflix
  • When they see us – Netflix
  • Time: The Kalief Browder story – Netflix
  • LA 92 – Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station- Netflix
  • Who killed Malcom X? – Netflix
  • Noughts and Crosses- BBC iplayer
  • The hate U give – Hulu
  • If Beale street could talk – Hulu

BOOKS TO READ 

  • ‘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
  • ‘Me and White Supremacy: How to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world’ by Layla Saad
  • ‘Black by design’ by Pauline Black
  • ‘Dont touch my hair’ by Emma Dabiri
  • ‘Natives’ by Akala
  • ‘Its not about the Burqa’ by Mariam Khan
  • ‘I am not your baby mother’ by Candice Brathwaite
  • ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams
  • ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo

BOOKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN:

  • ‘Riley can be anything’ by Davina Hamilton
  • ‘A is for Activist’ by Innosanto Nagara
  • ‘Mae among the stars’ by Roda Ahmed
  • ‘Colors of us’ by Karen Katz
  • ‘Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History’ by Vashti Harrison
  • ‘Little Leaders: Exceptional men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • ‘Little people, big dreams; Rosa Parks’ by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Here are some helpful websites which have information about and links to BLACK OWNED BOOKSHOPS IN THE UK:

REMEMBER you can utilise your local libraries (Can still access e libraries atm), swap with friends and buy second hand! Don’t like reading? Try audio books.

A WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN SEARCH FOR BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES: https://www.ukblackowned.co.uk/

ARTICLE CONTAINING LONDON BASED BLACK BUSINESSES: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/these-resources-connect-londoners-to-black-owned-businesses-060320

HOW TO RESPOND TO COMMON RACIST STATEMENTS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBBTQ7kgT1S/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

A GUIDE TO WHITE PRIVILEGE: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAfa4F0AgqZ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

POSITIVE CHANGE THAT IS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF THE PROTESTS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBF0Ehpg5IQ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

LIST OF UK BASED PLACES TO DONATE: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA997LJATEe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

https://www.instagram.com/blackmindsmatter.uk/ CONNECTS BLACK INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH FREE PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN THE UK. At current they have funded 342, 12 week courses of therapy, and you can DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

A PLATFORM GIVING THOSE WHO CANT ATTEND THE PROTESTS A VOICE:  https://www.instagram.com/voicesofchange2020/

THREAD OF PETITIONS THAT HAVENT REACHED THEIR GOALS: https://twitter.com/chewsbaccas/status/1269748343967813634?s=20 

MICROAGGRESSIONS EXPLAINED: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_JZxBlAMz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

A GUIDE ON HOW TO BE AN ALLY: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBAtCAoARQI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH RACIST FAMILY MEMBERS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA6CICiHtSZ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE NHS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA2V1HTJAIh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

HOW TO DONATE WITHOUT MONEY: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA7hFMzD0UQ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

HOW TO BE ACTIVELY ANTIRACISThttps://www.instagram.com/p/CAvbZyVh1xc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

RACISM  AND THE UK: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA53Q_WDl9O/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

KEEPING UP WITH ANTI-RACIST MOMENTUM AFTER THE NEWS CYCLE: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA7hcbCAPlJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

DIVERSIFYING YOUR FEED: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBPt4FzAW3R/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

BLACK HOSTED PODCASTS: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_-uiDg3U8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

HOW TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_UPqDHOKL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

NON EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF DEFINITIONS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN EDUCATING YOURSELF ABOUT RACISM: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBI5nwCD-cw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

SYSTEMIC RACISM FACTS AND FIGURES: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_nqD5hFwS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Suggestions of course welcome.

We have a lot of work to do.

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