We are reaffirming our commitment to building a community invested in creating a fair and equal society. We want to be explicit that this means creating a community of people who are actively anti racist.
The events from the last month weigh heavy on us and it is clear that all of us who want to stand in allyship need to do more, and do better. Louder voices are needed, but so are bigger, deeper, more consistent actions.
We are taking time out of our regular programming to share anti racism resources and tools, and ideas for positive actions that can be taken to support the Black Lives Matter movement. These resources have been curated by the team at the House of St Barnabas, we are engaging with and using them too.
We’re committed to listening, learning and doing more. If you think we’ve missed something vital, please let us know.
Reading: articles & books
The American Nightmare – To be black and conscious of anti-black racism is to stare into the mirror of your own extinction (The Atlantic) – By Dr Ibram X Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
From Minneapolis to London: who polices the police? (Freedom News) – a piece looking at claims that police brutality “isn’t as bad” in the UK.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire – by Akala
In this unique book Akala takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire.
Brit(ish) – by Afua Hirsch
The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain todayYou’re British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you’re from?
The UK Black Writers Forum has shared a list of black-owned bookshops in the UK. Many are offering online orders whilst doors are closed, read the full list here.
Watching: film & TV
The 13th (Netflix) – Ava DuVernay’s award winning documentary analyses the criminlisation of African American’s and the boom in the prison industry through conversations with scholars, activists and politicians.
Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC) – The BBC is re-airing this 2016 documentary series from historian David Olusoga as he explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. It’s back on BBC 4 from Monday 15th June.
1619 – an audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
We Need to Talk About the British Empire – through six intimate conversations with a new generation of writers and historians – journalist Afua Hirsch tries to break through old clichés and unpick the true legacy of this complicated and difficult inheritance.
Conversations with Nova Reid – Nova Reid is a diversity and anti racism campaigner, TEDx speaker and writer, and is here to help you recognise your own power in being the change you want to see in the world. Her podcasts brings raw, unedited conversations about life, through the lens of race.
Sign the petition asking the Department of Education to update GCSE reading lists to help battle racism.
Support the work of social enterprise The Black Curriculum, which aims to “reimagine the future of education through Black British history”.
Livity has an amazing network of young people looking for mentoring support. They are talented, driven and creative so you are guaranteed to not just be helping them, but to also learn things and gain a different perspective, email Emily Goldhill if you are interested.
Follow and support the Black Lives Matter movement.