BLACK LIVES MATTER: resources

Updated: Jul 2

Hey everyone!


We first posted this little blog in June 2020, when the Black Lives Matter movement became very mainstream following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. White people were called upon to educate themselves on the wider issues, and covert and systematic racism that they themselves are complicit in.


We first posted this blog full of petition links and information that was relevant to that time. Since then, we've updated this post to hold a space on our site for resources that will almost always be useful. Let's get started.



KEY WORDS AND PHRASES :and their meanings.


Non Racist

Refers to resources, policies, practices and procedures that take a neutral approach to racism, neither acknowledging it, denying it nor opposing it.


Anti Racist

Refers to resources, policies, practices and procedures that recognise the existence of racism in its many forms and take appropriate action to remove it. Anti- racism recognises racism as being the major obstacle to racial equality.


White privilege

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really

"white privilege should be viewed as a built-in advantage, separate from one’s level of income or effort."


Microaggressions

https://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8031073/what-are-microaggressions


Implicit Bias

https://perception.org/research/implicit-bias/

"we use the term “implicit bias” to describe when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. A fairly commonplace example of this is seen in studies that show that white people will frequently associate criminality with black people without even realizing they’re doing it."


Institutional or Systematic Racism

"Institutional racism, whereby policies and traditions, sometimes unwittingly, favour a particular racial or ethnic group, may be less obvious but may disadvantage large populations."


Ethnocentrism

The process of viewing or interpreting the world from the perspective of a particular ethnic group. ‘Eurocentrism’ is, for example, viewing the non-European world from a European perspective.


Culture

Everyone has a ‘culture’ as a result of their lives and experiences. Elements of culture may include factors such as language, social class, religious beliefs and practices, ‘traditions’, dress and food.


Ethnicity

Refers to an individual’s identification with a group sharing some or all of the same culture, lifestyle, language, religion, nationality, geographical region and history. Every person has an ethnicity. Concepts of ‘ethnic food’, ethnic dress’ and ‘ethnic books’ are therefore nonsense.


Definitions for Non Racist, Anti Racist, Ethnocentrism, Culture, and Ethnicity were all from this document which has so many other definitions. A great resource.

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/537/6381/6387/40828163633.pdf



DIVERSIFY YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA:

+ actually listen to and believe the experiences of black people


@weareherescotland

@ijeomaoluo

@domrobxrts

@thegreatunlearn / @rachel.cargle / @thelovelandfoundation

@blackvisionscollective

@galdemzine

@munroebergdorf

@ukblackpride

@gurlstalk




graphic by @domrobxrts


DONATE


Please donate to organisations which seek to tackle racism. Based in the UK are:


The Monitoring Group


Hope Not Hate


Stop Hate UK


SARI


In the US include:


Black Visions Collective


The Bail Project


NAACP





READ


Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Oddo-Lodge


They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Biased by Dr Jennifer Eberhardt


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


This article by Katherine Craig




WATCH


Dear White People by Justin Simien on Netflix


When They See Us by Ava DuVernay on Netflix


Noughts and Crosses on BBC iPlayer


13th by Ava DuVernay on Netflix


Trial By Media on Netflix - Episode 2 "Subway Vigilante" and Episode 3 "41 Shots"


Becoming by Nadia Hallgren




graphic by @veronicadearly






CAMPAIGN: in writing

If shit hits the fan again (which, it inevitably will), please do write to your MP and your employer to keep higher powers accountable for racial justice.


Write to your MP. (Also a great website to see your MP + MSP’s voting history)

https://www.writetothem.com


You can use this template to keep your employer accountable for racial justice:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/37737054




With love,


Kirsty x

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