Reviewed June 2020

Anti-racist resources and information for allies

Antiracist resources and information

This week, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, there has been a flurry of activity on social media from White allies showing solidarity and making anti-racist statements. While the overall intent seems positive, what matters is that it translates into action.

We have compiled a list of anti-racist resources and information for allies who are committed to standing behind their words of solidarity and truly making change. They contain guidance on how you can best educate yourself and suggestions for how you can take action. In the UK, a consistent way you can take action is by contacting your MP and voicing your concerns — they are supposed to work for us.

Remember: it is not the job of Black women and women of colour to educate you. And also, that unlearning our implicit biases is hard. It will take time and work and you will probably make a mistake. When this happens, hold your hands up and apologise: dismantling the system is more important than you being liked or looking silly.

This list is by no means exhaustive and we will be adding to it over time. If you have a resource you would like us to add to the list, please email monica@thefemedic.com.

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Scaffolded anti-racist resources

Created and compiled by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory

This document provides an outline of the various stages that White allies go through in becoming allies and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. Resources and guidance is given at each stage, explaining how you can progress. The framework provided is from A Race is a Nice Thing to Have by Janet E. Helms.

If you wish to compensate the authors for this work, please donate to one of the following organisations: National Bail Out Fund, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero. After you’re done, send them a screenshot of the receipt if you’d like – scaffoldedantiracismresources@gmail.com

Stage of white identity development & corresponding beliefs/thoughts/actions: Contact
This stage may involve the following thoughts and beliefs:

  • “I don’t see colour”
  • “Talking about race brings disunity”
  • Belief that racism is caused by talking about race
  • Belief that you aren’t racist if you don’t purposely or consciously act in racist ways

Folks can move on from this stage by being confronted with active racism: real-world experiences that highlight their Whiteness.

Understanding and utilising resources about racial inequality and bias is the first part of this work — educating yourself is important. Resist the desire to ask Black folks, indigenous folks, or people of colour (BIPOC) to explain racism for you. Instead, find resources created by BIPOC to help educate yourself, or offer to financially compensate folks who are educating you!

The rest of the stages, along with suggested activities and further learning materials, are available to read here.

The characteristics of White supremacy culture

From Dismantling Racism: a Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, Changework, 2001

Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a US-based national network of groups and individuals working to undermine White supremacy and towards racial justice. As part of their work, SURJ publish educational resources like this one on their website.

This resource lists characteristics of White supremacy culture that are present in organisations. SURJ notes that culture is so powerful because it can enable damaging and discriminatory ideas and behaviours to become accepted as the norm, which makes it much more difficult for those who are discriminated against to protest against them.

Characteristic: perfectionism
At work, this looks like:

  • Little appreciation expressed among people for the work that others are doing; appreciation that is expressed is usually directed at those who get most of the credit anyway
  • It is more common to point out either how the person or their work is inadequate
  • Even more common is to talk to others about the inadequacies of a person or their work without ever talking directly to them

Antidotes to this

  • Developing a culture of appreciation, where the organisation takes time to make sure that people’s work and efforts are appreciated
  • Developing a learning organisation, where it is expected that everyone will make mistakes and that those mistakes offer an opportunity for learning

Read about more characteristics of White supremacy at work and suggested antidotes on the SURJ website

Support Black lives in the UK

Compiled by @perkin_amalaraj

There are a number of specific things you can do in the UK to support Black lives and anti-racism. This document provides a comprehensive, but non-exhaustive, list of these things.

Call/email your MP to question their stance on the murder of George Floyd
Has your MP spoken out to protest the murder of George Floyd? You can check their social profiles to see if they have, or use this website to see how they have voted on different issues.

If your MP hasn’t spoken out against the murder of George Floyd, you can email them to ask them why. You can find your MP’s email address on this website.

When you email your MP, it is essential that you include your home address. This is because spam filters on MP’s email inboxes prevents people emailing them without a return address.

This document provides an email template that you can use when emailing your MP. View it here.

Racism in the UK
In 2011, police were 28 times more likely to use Section 60 stop-and-search powers (where officers do not require suspicion of the person having been involved in a crime) against Black people than White people. A 2014-2015 analysis of all stop and searches, by StopWatch, indicated that people from all BAME groups were twice as likely as White people to be stopped and searched. Black people specifically are 4.2 times as likely as White people to be stopped and searched by the police.

This is despite the fact that stop and searches are ineffective: around 86% of stop and searches made in England and Wales from 2014-2015 didn’t lead to an arrest.

Become anti-racist

Collated by Abiola Sobitan

As well as educating yourself on Black history, it is essential to stay up-to-date with current events. Abiola provides a summary, initially collated by @amivalcnt, of events to familiarise yourself with — along with a list of anti-racist actions you can take.

When and whereWhat happened?How you can help
June 1st, Louisville, KYDavid McAtee (unarmed) was shot and killed by LMPDDonate
June 1st, Los Angeles, CALA’s budget is due June 1 and $3B will go to the policeDemand that Councilmember Nury Martinez (@cd6nury on Instagram) call an emergency meeting
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org
(818) 771-0236Sign the Petition“Adopt a People’s Budget” toolkit
May 30th, Baltimore, MDAlajunaye Davis (16) shot in a drive-byDonate (funeral arrangements)
May 30th, Chicago, ILJustin Cosby missing after peacefully protesting (1st precinct)The precinct has been telling people to check hospitals and different precincts
May 29th, Los Angeles, CALAPD Union attorney Marla Brown repeatedly tweets that protesters should be shotMarla Brown is no longer an LAPD union attorney or LAPD Officer attorney, the tweets have been removed from Twitter
May 31st, Poughkeepsie, NYAdriana Cassarino posts racist content on SnapchatContact the President of her college, Dennis Murray: dennis.murray@marist.edu (845) 575-3226
May 30th, Brookyln, NYPolice broke protester’s wristMore info is needed on this incident
May 30th, Omaha, NEJames Scurlock murdered by White supremacist Jake Gardner at protestDemand justice by calling:
Omaha Mayor Hotline: (402) 444-5555
OPD: (402) 444-5600
Donate
May 30th, Seattle, WAOfficer puts knee on a protester’s neckAnother officer intervened after about 15 minutes to remove the knee
May 30th, Dallas, TXJamilia Stroye was stabbed to death by a predator after exposing her mother’s boyfriend for being a pedophile
May 30th, Seattle, WAJared Campbell, officer number 8470, maced a young girl at the Seattle protestOffice of police accountability: (206) 684-8797 opa@seattle.gov
Chief: Carmen Best
File an anonymous complaintPetition to fire him
May 30th, Denver, COJennifer Watson drove over a pedestrian during a peaceful protest in DenverDenver sheriff: (720) 337-0194

Hate crime hotline: (720) 913-6458

Sign the Petition

May 30th, Visalia, CSTrump supporters who ran over protesters
Jacob Robles (jacob_robles98) and Dylan Mota (@dylan_mota_)
Car registration: 8JUK695
Sign the petition for punishment (they were let out of custody)
May 30th, Los Angeles, CAPolice officer Tobias Raya responsible for telling others to turn off their body camerasHis contact details are below: (310) 253-6318

tobias.raya@culvercity.org

May 30th, Chicago, IL@slutchanwoo on Twitter: “Here’s the face of the bastard who grabbed me by the throat and told me not to fucking touch him (I didn’t) and threw me to the ground”
Police officer covered his badge number and name
More evidence of the officer being violent against protesters
May 28th, Bronx, NYJylynn Izquierdo (17) missing since 6:30pm 28/5
Last seen wearing black joggers and black sweater, hair down loose and curly.
Went to find her cat that had gotten out and never returned.
May 22nd, Brent, LondonDaniel Adelabu missingCall or text 116 000 (free, 24hr, confidential)

To donate £3: text HOPE to 70707

Ongoing/various placesMany people have gone missing during the protestsFollow these threads in case you know any information, or to share. (Both threads refer to missing people in the US)

Twitter thread of missing people (@pinnocksworld)

Twitter thread of missing people 2 (@BirthWomb)

Access and read the rest of Abiola’s document here

Boris Johnson is yet to condemn state-sanctioned violence against protestors in the US, nor addressed Trump’s rhetoric encouraging this.

Dear White women

Written and curated by Rachel E. Cargle

Rachel E. Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer, whose work is rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

In this letter, she reminds modern White feminists of their relationship with Black women throughout history. Here is an excerpt (we have not edited the below block, preserving Rachel’s choice not to capitalise ‘black’ in this piece):

“Dear White Women,

I am exhausted. Yet even in the midst of the troubled heart and mind I posses as a black woman in the United States, I have a bit of time and energy to tell you all about yourselves. To remind you of yourselves. To take a magnifying glass to very roots of how you got to where you are and how that relates to me, a black feminist.

I am writing this to you as an act of self care. As an act of self preservation. Please take note that this is not a service to you nor is it a gift. It is, most simply, a heavy load I must set it down, right here, right now in order to make room for something more.”

Read the full letter here

Books

From Scaffolding anti-racism resources

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Tatum
  • I’m Still Here – Austin Channing Brown
  • Whistling Vivaldi – Claude Steel
  • White Awake – Daniel Hill
  • Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race – Reni Eddo-Loge
  • The Fire This Time – Jesmyn Ward
  • How to be An Antiracist – Ibram Kendi
  • The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

From Abiola Sobitan

  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  • Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You – Audre Lorde, sara Ahmed, Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Natives – Akala
  • The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukala, Chimene Suleyman et al.
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

Films & TV series

From Abiola Sobitan

  • 13th – Ava Duvernay
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • The Hate U Give – George Tillman Jr
  • The Racial Wealth Gap (Season 1 of the Explained series)
  • The Kalief Browder Story
  • Who Killed Malcolm X?

Podcasts

From Brea Baker

  • All My Relations
  • 1619 – The New York Times’
  • Lynching in America – EJI
  • Intersectionality Matters – Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Code Switch – NPR

From Scaffolding anti-racist resources

  • How to Be an Antiracist – Brené Brown + Ibran X. Kendi
  • Side Effects of White Women Podcast Episode – Amanda Seales
  • NPR episode about Whistling Vivaldi
  • Still Processing episode on Kaepernick
  • White Lies – NPR
  • Uncivil – Gimlet Media
  • The Witness Podcast Network – Pass the Mic
  • Seeing White

Plus

  • Growing up with Gal-dem – Gal-dem

Petitions in the UK & US

From @perkin_amalaraj

Activist groups in the UK

From @perkin_amalaraj

  • Stop Hate UK – national charity
  • Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Educational Trust – Manchester based Trust which aims to record the history of BAME people in Manchester
  • Football Unites, Racism Divides – Sheffield-based charity which uses football and community to fight racism
  • BTEG – National charity aiming to end racial inequality through education and employment
  • Southall Black Sisters – West London based charity who, among other things, run an advice, advocacy and resource centre in West London which provides a comprehensive service to women experiencing violence and abuse and other forms of inequality
  • Runnymede Trust – National think-tank leading the debate on racial inequality
  • Stephen Lawrence Trust – National charity which aims to get rid of institutional barriers in front of young people
  • 100 Black Men of London – London-based charity aiming to lift young Black people up through education and mentoring
  • Access UK – National charity providing career services for marginalised people
  • The Amos Bursary – National charity working to reduce the gap in prospects between young Black people and young White people
  • Generating Genius – London-based Charity aiming to open doors to STEM careers for BAME students
  • Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services – Bristol-based services for fighting discrimination
  • The Reach Out Project – London-based charity opening up new opportunities for young BAME people
  • UK Black Pride
  • Operation Black Vote – National charity which aims to increase the number of BME people who vote in the UK
  • The Black Curriculum – Charity that aims to teach children about black history
  • BLM Bournemouth (@blm_bmouth on Instagram) – BLM organisers in Bournemouth
  • Race and Health – Researchers looking at the links between health inequality and race
  • Kwanda – Grassroots campaign which creates opportunities for BAME people, and uses a democratic system to decide which causes to champion

If there are any other resources you would like to add to this list, please email monica@thefemedic.com.

The UK government recently published a report that identified that BAME people have a higher risk of contracting, and dying from, Covid-19. Read our summary and explanation of the report here

Featured image is an outline illustration of a White, female protestor holding up a sign that says ‘Black lives matter’. She is wearing a cap and face mask, as per Covid-19 safety guidelines. The illustration is made up of white outlines on a black background

Page last updated June 2020

Monica Karpinski

Founder & Editor, The Femedic

Monica is the Founder and Editor of The Femedic. Against a journalism background and after years of leading content marketing projects in the healthcare space, it became clear that health information out there for women simply wasn’t good enough. No-one had bothered to look deeper into the ways women were searching for information, or consider the depth of what they actually needed to know. Instead of waiting for the perfect publication to approach her, she created The Femedic.

Monica has been named one of The Drum’s 50 under 30 for influential women in digital 2018 and was shortlisted for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2018 British Business awards. She speaks and writes widely on gender and health inequality.

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