Reviewed June 2020
Anti-racist resources and information for allies
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 email@example.com.
Skip to: Scaffolded anti-racist resources | Characteristics of White supremacy culture | Support Black lives in the UK | Become anti-racist | Dear White women | Books | Films & TV Series | Podcasts | Petitions in the UK & US | Activist groups in the UK
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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 where||What happened?||How you can help|
|June 1st, Louisville, KY||David McAtee (unarmed) was shot and killed by LMPD||Donate|
|June 1st, Los Angeles, CA||LA’s budget is due June 1 and $3B will go to the police||Demand that Councilmember Nury Martinez (@cd6nury on Instagram) call an emergency meeting|
(818) 771-0236Sign the Petition“Adopt a People’s Budget” toolkit
|May 30th, Baltimore, MD||Alajunaye Davis (16) shot in a drive-by||Donate (funeral arrangements)|
|May 30th, Chicago, IL||Justin Cosby missing after peacefully protesting (1st precinct)||The precinct has been telling people to check hospitals and different precincts|
|May 29th, Los Angeles, CA||LAPD Union attorney Marla Brown repeatedly tweets that protesters should be shot||Marla Brown is no longer an LAPD union attorney or LAPD Officer attorney, the tweets have been removed from Twitter|
|May 31st, Poughkeepsie, NY||Adriana Cassarino posts racist content on Snapchat||Contact the President of her college, Dennis Murray: email@example.com (845) 575-3226|
|May 30th, Brookyln, NY||Police broke protester’s wrist||More info is needed on this incident|
|May 30th, Omaha, NE||James Scurlock murdered by White supremacist Jake Gardner at protest||Demand justice by calling:|
Omaha Mayor Hotline: (402) 444-5555
OPD: (402) 444-5600
|May 30th, Seattle, WA||Officer puts knee on a protester’s neck||Another officer intervened after about 15 minutes to remove the knee|
|May 30th, Dallas, TX||Jamilia Stroye was stabbed to death by a predator after exposing her mother’s boyfriend for being a pedophile|
|May 30th, Seattle, WA||Jared Campbell, officer number 8470, maced a young girl at the Seattle protest||Office of police accountability: (206) 684-8797 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Chief: Carmen Best
File an anonymous complaintPetition to fire him
|May 30th, Denver, CO||Jennifer Watson drove over a pedestrian during a peaceful protest in Denver||Denver sheriff: (720) 337-0194|
Hate crime hotline: (720) 913-6458
|May 30th, Visalia, CS||Trump 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, CA||Police officer Tobias Raya responsible for telling others to turn off their body cameras||His contact details are below: (310) 253-6318|
|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, NY||Jylynn 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, London||Daniel Adelabu missing||Call or text 116 000 (free, 24hr, confidential)|
To donate £3: text HOPE to 70707
|Ongoing/various places||Many people have gone missing during the protests||Follow 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)
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.”
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?
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
- Growing up with Gal-dem – Gal-dem
Petitions in the UK & US
- Justice for George Floyd
- Instate punishments for police officers who shoot unarmed civilians
- Justice for Tony McDade, a black trans man who was killed by police in Tallahassee
- Remove bail for Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd
- Arrest all officers involved in George Floyd’s murder
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Mandatory life sentences for police brutality
- More protections for black trans women in the UK
- Justice for Shukr Abdi
- Petition to call on the UK government to condemn Trump’s response to the BLM protests
- Suspend all UK exports of riot gear to the USA
- Introduce Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting in the UK
- Update the GCSE English Lit reading lists to include more black authors
- Justice for Christopher Alder, a black man who was wrongfully killed by police and had his body swapped before he was buried
Activist groups in the UK
- 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 email@example.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