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Black Lives Matter | Anti-Racism Resources

Black Lives Matter | Anti-Racism Resources

Like for so many others, this week for me has been a time to be quiet, to be shocked and uncomfortable. To listen and read about experiences that I’ll never fully understand but that I must do better to understand. Posting anything on this topic now feels hypocritical and vacuous as nothing that is happening to black people and people of colour is new and this isn’t something I’ve talked about online before. But I do feel it’s important as a white person and a small business owner of what I hope to be an inclusive and ethical brand, to acknowledge recent events publicly, and the need to personally be more educated and more actively anti-racist.

With so much information being shared on social media at the moment, it feels overwhelming, which is concerning because I tend to find in my own life, overwhelm can result in inaction or giving up. To prevent this, I’ve put together a plan for my own learning and action with short term, medium term and long term work, using resources that resonate with me most: via artists and creators, books and social media accounts all listed below as a starting point. It’s not an exhaustive list, this is just the beginning of a long-term commitment to educate myself, to listen, to have challenging conversations, to act with empathy and in solidarity with people of colour and the black community.

If you are white, I encourage you to make this a priority in your own life too and to continue to engage with this long after the social media hype has faded. I recognise it is a privilege in itself that I can take the time to learn about racism, rather than experiencing it every day of my life.

My voice in this conversation is not needed, but sharing the voices of others, by using the influence I have, that we all have, amongst friends, family and colleagues, is essential and a good place to begin doing the work.

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
― Angela Y. Davis
Image by Danielle Coke at @ohhappydani

Above: @ohhappydani | Danielle Coke

Artists to follow and support:

Reyna Noriega | @reynanoriegawww.reynanoriega.com/

Danielle Coke | @ohhappydani | www.ohhappydani.com

Shirien | @shirien.creates

Sacree Frangine (Aline and Celia) | @sacree_frangine | www.sacreefrangine.com

Kenesha Sneed | @tactilematter | www.tactilematter.com

Willian Santiago | @willian_santiago

Loveis Wise | @loveiswiseillu | www.loveiswise.com

Morgan Harper Nichols | @morganharpernichols | www.morganharpernichols.com

Reyna Noriega | @reynanoriega_ | www.reynanoriega.com

Above: @reynanoriega_ | Reyna Noriega 

Sacrée Frangine | Aline + Célia | @sacree_frangine

Above: @sacree_frangine | Sacrée Frangine  

Kenesha Sneed | @tactilematter | www.tactilematter.com

Above: @tactilematter | Kenesha Sneed

Social Media Accounts to Follow

The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid

Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle

Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter

BLMUK @blmuk 

Ibram X. Kendi @ibramxk

Check Your Privilege @ckyourprivilege

Mikaela Loach @mikaelaloach

No White Saviours @nowhitesaviours

The Great Unlearn @thegreatunlearn

Willian Santiago | @willian_santiago

Books (Consider buying these from local bookshops to support small businesses)

Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite

How To Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Women Race and Class by Angela Davis

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

All Our Relations: Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism by Tanya Talaga

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

They Can’t Kill us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery

Loveis Wise

Above: @loveiswiseillu | Loveis Wise

Places to Donate to if you can afford it:

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Black Lives Matter

UKBLM Fund

Show Racism The Red Card

The Minnesota Freedom Fund (donations paused but other Minnesota-based causes listed on their site)

Support The People Who Support Their Communities 

The Bail Project 

The Love Land Foundation (A therapy fund for black women and girls)

Morgan Harper Nichols illustration

Above: @morganharpernichols | Morgan Harper Nichols

Take Action Now 

We have a lot of work to do.

Mireille Charper | @mireillecharper