As you may have seen, over the past few days I have been reflecting on the terrible injustice of George Floyd’s murder and have been thoroughly researching and discussing this injustice both online and off, to try and find the best way for me to actively influence and enforce change.
Re-iterating what I shared on social media, it can sometimes feel as though our individual actions are not big enough or impactful enough, but every individual action makes up the collective and that is powerful. Ultimately, there is no ‘perfect’ or easy way to fix the awful racism that has been present in our societies for far too long, but we can start by educating ourselves.
With so many voices and opinions out there, it’s more important than ever for us to listen, learn and use our new-found educated opinions to inform our decisions moving forward, as well as informing the minds of our friends, family and anyone else we can engage and bring into the discussion. I wanted to share some of the insightful books that I found while researching, but please also feel free to also share your recommendations in the comments. <3
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
By Reni Eddo-Lodge
Described as the ‘essential handbook’ for anyone looking to understand structural racism in British society today, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race delves into the link between class and race, as well as other key topics.
Me and White Supremacy
By Layla F. Saad
The mind behind Instagram the challenge #meandwhitesupremacy, Layla F. Saad encouraged people to share and own up to their own racist behaviours. The challenge took off and she expanded it to this book, taking her work further by adding important historical and cultural context as well as stories and examples.
By Robin DiAngelo
This New York Times best-selling book explores the defensive and unhelpful reactions of white people when their assumptions on race are challenged, and how these reactions contribute to the continuation of racial equality.
How To Be an Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi
The title pretty much says it all, this one is a must-read. How To Be an Antiracist looks into the problems of neutrality when it comes to racism, educating us on how to be a force for good instead.