Re-learning

“I’ve posted on Instagram. Now what?”

This isn’t a commentary on what’s happening, but hopefully a list of useful and practical resources that at the very least I can share with my circle. Please speak out, share things and send suggestions.

Books:

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F Saad – I have a copy of this if anyone would like me to post it to them.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge – I have this on Kindle Cloud Reader, and am happy to share if I can work out how.

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite – on my reading list

How To Argue With a Racist by Adam Rutherford – on my reading list

Podcasts/YouTube:

Scene On Radio (Spotify) – Specifically Podcast series ‘Seeing White’ – John Biewen with guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (you can also listen for free here). Very educational, talks about the history of slavery, laws and structures and how this is inseparable from the construction of whiteness today. Also suggests solutions and responses in part 14.

Russell Brand & Prof. Kehinde Andrews ‘Why Racism Won’t Go Away’– interview on YouTube with UK prof of Black Studies.

Speaking of Racism (Spotify) – A Podcast series I haven’t listened to yet, but has been recommended by a few others.

What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube video with Renni Eddo-Lodge – 3 minutes.

White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control | Jaelyn Coates | TEDxCSU – YouTube

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier – YouTube

Not all superheroes wear capes-how you have the power to change the world | Nova Reid | TEDxFrankfurt – YouTube – 2020

Action – donate if you can

Black Lives Matter

The Bail Project

The Liberty Fund

Reclaim the Block

Stand Up To Racism UK

Twitter thread of UK charities via @BlackBalladUK

To The Victims of Police brutality

Petitions to sign

Justice for George Floyd

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Justice for Belly Mujinga

#DefundThePolice – Black Lives Matter

Educate UK schools reality of British Imperialism / Colonialism

Music

Black Lives Matter Playlist – Songs about empowerment, race and freedom – curated by Spotify to perhaps connect with us on a different level.

How to support black-owned businesses:

https://www.finimpact.com/blacklivesmatter-support-black-owned-small-businesses/

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  1. David Cromwell says:

    Thank you for such an excellent, in-depth set of resources. I shall get digging into your suggestions.

    I’ve been posting relevant material on another website. Maybe it’ll be of interest here too…

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    This is a long article, but it’s a really interesting insight into Malcolm X, the evolution of his ideas, and how they differed from, or complemented, those of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    If you’ve not already read it, it’s well worth getting hold of Malcolm X’s autobiography (written with Alex ‘Roots’ Haley). And there’s also Manning Marable’s in-depth biography of Malcolm X.

    One key extract:

    ‘Late in his life Malcolm X becomes increasingly anti-capitalist. This anti-capitalism is expressed in two ways. First, having focused for over a decade on racism, Malcolm begins to link capitalism and racism. “You can’t have capitalism without racism.” Second, he begins to focus on how capitalism is necessarily exploitative, “like a vulture and can only suck the blood of the helpless.” Since the exploitative “system of capitalism needs some blood to suck” and people and nations will increasingly free themselves, capitalism in time “will collapse completely.”’

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/29/the-evolution-of-malcolm-x-his-philosophy-in-the-struggle-against-racism-and-injustice/

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    Short clip of Malcolm X on American ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’.

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    Malcolm X Speech “Democracy is Hypocrisy”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNfAFfu6VD0

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    Opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times:

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge

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    A timely reminder of this excellent article from 2018 about Martin Luther King:

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    Judging Washington Post’s MLK Quotes by the Content of Their 280 Characters

    Remembering a watered-down, wall calendar version of King

    Adam Johnson

    […]

    King, of course, saw in his lifetime scores of uprisings and riots in various cities, and not once did he claim they made him “weep.” Indeed, he repeatedly avoided such handwringing or scolding and instead, time and again, leveled his attention on what he saw as bearing the most responsibility for the unrest, the racist capitalist system of the United States:

    It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.

    […]

    Here are a handful of quotes the Post left out:

    “The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.” (“The Three Evils of Society,” 1967)

    “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate…who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.“ (“Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” 1963)

    “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” (Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967)

    “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” (Speech to the Negro American Labor Council, 1961).

    “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” (“Beyond Vietnam” speech, 1967)

    […]

    https://fair.org/home/judging-wapos-mlk-quotes-by-the-content-of-their-280-characters

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    Finally, a powerful song from the great band, Living Colour, that sums up some relevant themes still prevalent today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

    Check out more of their work on Spotify, YouTube, etc.

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