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BLACK LIVES MATTER

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis.

I need to do better. Tuesday was #BlackOutTuesday but one day is not enough. I spent Tuesday and yesterday educating myself and trying to do better and will continue to do so. I may not have a massive platform with millions of followers, but I do have a voice and I am determined to use it. I recognise as a white person that I have and experience white privilege. I know I can never understand. But I can, and will, do better. 

I am not taking credit for any of the information I’m posting. I will credit everything where I can, please let me know if I have given credit to the wrong source. Everything I am posting, I have seen over social media/through research from the past few days. 

Sign Petitions
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions This link has about 100 relevant petitions to sign (at present) including information about donations. You can easily sign about 10 petitions in the time it takes the kettle to boil. 

 

Donate
If you can. I appreciate not everyone is in the financial position to donate. However, there are ways you can support this even so. On YouTube, Zoe Amira has posted this project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM and is giving 100% of ad revenue to relevant causes. Watching this I noticed the side-bar filled with other videos with the same purpose. You must leave the ads running for this to work. 

 

E-mail Your MP/MSP
If you’re not sure what to write there are templates to help. Demand the halt of UK sales of teargas and rubber bullets to the US. Demand that parliament speak out about Black Lives Matter. Demand a change in the curriculum. @scrapbook138 on instagram has posted an e-mail template in her ‘5 things white people can do right now to fight white supremacy in the UK from your phone’ post. These websites – https://www.writetothem.com/ and https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ – can help you find out who your MP/MSP is and how to contact them if you are unsure. 

 

Read
I have added so many books – fiction and nonfiction – to my Amazon basket and fully intend to make my way through them. A lot of the physical copies of recommended reads are showing as out of stock but if you have a smartphone or tablet, there is nothing stopping you downloading the Kindle version and using the Kindle app. 

Non-Fiction
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World – Layla F. Saad
I Am Not Your Baby Mother – Candice Brathwaite
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Tobin DiAngelo
How To Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi 

Fiction
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

https://blog.usejournal.com/31-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-and-resistance-9dbabc28360e This link has 31 books for children about race and racism too. I also recommend following @diverse_kids_books on instagram for more recommendations. As an educator, I am vowing to use more diverse books in my classroom going forward. 

Obviously not an exhaustive list. @jane_mount on instagram shared a beautiful illustration with lots of non-fiction antiracism books. 

 

Watch
@unity.celeste on instagram shared information on Netflix series’ and documentaries to watch to further educate people. I know there will be more than 5 out there, let me know if you have any other suggestions. 

 

Support and Follow
Support black artists, authors, businesses, influencers.
Use your time wisely and search social media. Follow, share, like, comment on social media. Supporting people and work and art and businesses doesn’t always mean spending money. 

Educate yourself, read, research, listen, have conversations with others and call them out, educate them. The bottom line is do something.

Until next time,
Shona x 

Thank you Beth for helping me with this post.

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