I have been writing this piece for some time and wanted to collate some of the links, books, films, documentaries, quotes and talks we've seen, read, watched and/or been recommended to educate ourselves as we try to become actively anti-racist.
I didn't realise until recently just how little I know about racism and the history surrounding it. Watching the documentary “13th” was an eye-opener, you can watch for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8. I took part in the online training by Danielle Da Silva and Shel Scott which included some of the information I'd seen on Netflix and a lot more. They may be running this again (I hope they do as it sold out and I think many more could benefit from this) so do follow their page for updates if you're interested. It was free at the time with the option to donate towards the Bail Project.
We'd already been working hard on inclusivity and diversity here at This Detailed Life since Kirsten Lewis commented about our team of 10 all being white when we shared our fun film introducing ourselves.
My first instinct was defensiveness. I did the typical thing (without realising it at the time was my white fragility) even mentioning my Indian husband and kids and that we'd welcome anyone of any colour to our team.
Kirsten graciously pointed me in the direction of actively seeking out BIPOC to join our team to be more diverse internally.
This all happened just a few days before George Floyd's murder, before the publicity and I realised I need to educate myself further.
Below you will find a list of various ways I've been enlightened, inspired and found ways to help. I'm sharing these resources, because you might be the person like me who still feels defensive and feels not-racist. I hope this can help you start learning to become anti-racist too.
Books I've downloaded:
I started reading The Good Immigrant (a collection of voices exploring "what it means to be Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic in Britain today") which seems to be a good one to start with if, like me, you're new to non-fiction books. So far it's funny, heart-warming and moving with a good dose of honest reality. After dipping into White Fragility, I can tell that will be more challenging to read and will likely help me more.
Other reads -
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo
Me and White Supremacy - Layla F Saad
You can also sign this petition to get more books like this on the GCSE reading list in the UK.
For younger kids, I've recently invested in more books for my 5-year-old twins showing and/or talking about diversity and you can find more info, how to help and source diverse books for children here: https://diversebooks.org/resources-for-race-equity-and-inclusion/.
Diverse books for children:
Be Kind - Pat Zietlow Miller
The Skin You Live In - Michael Tyler
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun - Maria Dismondy
Don't Touch My Hair - Sharee Miller
Ruby's Worry - Tom Percival
Other resources -
This thread by Mireille Harper gives a f