Let's educate ourselves

While it is critical that we listen to others' experiences, it is also important to do our own reading and research, rather than expecting black and minority ethnic people to educate us. There is a huge amount of useful and powerful material available from podcasts to articles to books and more.

In addition to the material suggested below, you can use social media to learn more - #BlackintheIvory is one Twitter hashtag collecting the views of black academics, and includes UK threads. The Library have put together a Black Lives Matter reading list.

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My white friend asked me on Facebook to explain White Privilege. I decided to be honest - Lori Lakin Hutcherson

How to talk to your children about race and racism - BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour. Also available as a podcast.

How can parents make their kids understand how to be anti-racist? - NPR radio conversation with children's author Renee Watson and anti-racism scholar Ibram Kendi. (also available as audio)

It's time for white people to step up for black colleagues - Nicola Rollock (please note that you can access this via the University's Financial Times subscription)

Higher Education has a problem - it's called White Supremacy - Jasmine Roberts

How do we build more inclusive universities? - Kalwant Bhopal

Black professionals are going through a lot - Shenequa Golding

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race - Reni Eddo-Lodge. A Guardian Long Read, summarising the book of the same name.

Ted Talks playlist: Talks to help you understand racism in America, including:

Deconstructing white privilege Academic and author Dr Robin DiAngelo deconstructs white privilege and discusses 'white fragility'.

Ibram X. Kendi in conversation: The difference between being "non-racist" and antiracist - TED Talks

A history of the Black Lives Matter movement - Channel 4 News

Ijeoma Oluo: "So you want to talk about race" - Talks at Google. Ijeoma Oluo discusses why it's so hard to talk about race and why we must do it anyway.

White privilege: What is it and how can it be used to help others? - CBBC Newsround

Systemic racism (in the USA) explained

What is privilege?

What does my headscarf mean to you - In this funny, honest, empathetic talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others. Yassmin wears many hats, including a hijab. She's a mechanical engineer, writer and activist who campaigns for tolerance and diversity.  

How do we bridge the "anxiety gap" at work? - Erica Joy Baker. Raises awareness of the anxiety that many people from minority groups feel at work in feeling the need to do a job to fit in, before even beginning the job they were recruited to do.

To speak up for inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion - the Royal Bank of Canada. Video about bias showing that we all have biases no matter what 'group' we fall into.

Pearn Kandola's Racism at work podcasts:

Intersectionality Matters - hosted by Kimberlé Krenshaw, leading critical race theorist who coined the term "intersectionality," this podcast brings the academic term to life. Each episode brings together political organisers, journalists and writers.

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge - From the author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, this podcast takes the conversation a step further, featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism and looking at the recent history that lead to the politics of today (also see under books)

Code switch - hosted by journalists of colour, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. It explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

Talking to our children about race - Outside The Boxes podcast. In this episode, Dr Pragya Agarwal discusses the importance of talking to our children about race.

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race - Guardian podcast based on Reni Eddo-Lodge's book of the same name.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. 

So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo. Guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to 'model minorities' in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Superior: The Return of Race Science - Angela Saini. Explores the murky history of race science and the ways in which it is being resurrected in the 21st century. Combining science, history and politics, it explains how race maps out biologically and how those on the far-right are attempting to repackage racism. See also: Saini discussing her new book at Inspirefest 2019.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum. Classic text on the psychology of racism that was re-released with new content in 2017, 20 years after its original publication. Tatum shows the importance - and possibility - of cross-racial dialogues starting young.

How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality - Adam Rutherford. A manifesto for 21st-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. See also The Voltaire Lecture 2019 - The return of scientific racism.

How To Be An Antiracist - Dr Ibram X. Kendi. Founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, Kendi shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem. 

White Privilege - The Myth of a Post-Racial Society - Kalwant Bhopal. Drawing on topical debates and supported by empirical data, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

Navigating Institutional Racism in British Universities -  Katy Sian. Critically examines the experiences of racism encountered by academics of colour working within British universities. Situated within a critical race theory and postcolonial feminist framework, Sian thoughtfully centres the voices of the interviewed academics, and draws upon her own experiences and reflections through a critical auto-ethnography. 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo. It is not enough to simply hold abstract progressive views and condemn the obvious racists on social media - change starts with us all at a practical, granular level.

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - Afua Hirsch. The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today.

Many other books and other materials can be found via the University Library's Black Lives Matter reading list and via Antiracist Allyship resources.

Race On The Agenda: ROTA - social policy think tank  focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Britain.

Runnymede Trust - UK independent race equality think tank

Blueprint for all - formerly known as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, was founded following the murder of Stephen Lawrence in the UK. Supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed and influencing others to create a fairer society.  

Black Lives Matter - Global organisation founded in 2013 following the killing of Trayvon Martin in the US. 

YREN (York Race Equality Network)  - a York based charity who offer support for people of all ethnicities in the city and surrounding area. 

Birmingham City University - Black Studies degree programmes

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