Striving for racial equality is not a trend but a life-long commitment, one that will give rise to the best possible future for our children.
As we try and teach our kids about prejudice and inclusivity, it's important that we are educating ourselves too along the way. That might involve processes of unlearning, questioning and holding ourselves accountable, but these are all important steps to becoming the best caregivers possible for our children. Thankfully, there are loads of wonderful resources circulating at the moment to make these potentially-daunting commitments a little less overwhelming and a lot more accessible.
With the help of so many great platforms, we've put together a list various resources that we have been using to learn about racial injustice ourselves and which have helped us articulate these issues to our children, including books, films, TV shows, podcasts, social media accounts and more. There's always more to learn and more work we can all do, so if you have any feedback or additional suggestions as of June 2020 then do email into firstname.lastname@example.org. For children's resources, check out our list of 60 books to help kids learn about diversity.
Rather than a checklist or end in itself, we hope this compilation can help lay some informative foundations for us all to take forward into our actions, mindsets and our households.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
An eye-opening insight into life as a black mother and the white-washing of maternity in British media.
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
A glimpse into high school politics through the psychology of racism, where Tatum outlines our chance to break racial barriers from a young age.
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Eddo-Lodge reclaims discussions of race from those who refuse to accept the legitimacy of institutionalised racism. Despite being published in 2017, Eddo-Lodge became the first black woman to top the UK's non-fiction chart in June 2020 following the events of George Floyd's murder.
Me And White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
Teaching readers to accept and dismantle their own white privilege.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Following the interconnected lives of twelve black British women over several decades.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
DiAngelo encourages fellow white people to take a hard but necessary look into the mirror at our own racial assumptions and how we can confront them.
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Breaking down white privilege, supremacy and racial complexities with humour and clarity.
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
Ibram X Kendi offers an eye-opening memoir that reshapes how we think and talk about race.
As sales for many of these titles surge, buying from independent and black-owned book shops is another way we can further support the call for diversification right now. Some of our favourites are Round Table Books, New Beacon Books and Books Of Africa, as well as No Ordinary Bookshop and This Is Book Love which are available online only. Where books are sold out, consider using your Audible free trial or sharing and borrowing from friends and family if it's safe to do so.
Sitting In Limbo
This newly-released BBC1 drama is a timely re-telling of just one of the injustices from Britain's Windrush scandal, where Caribbean migrant Anthony Bryan was wrongly detained and nearly deported after 50 years of living in the UK.
Teach Us All
This 2017 documentary examines education inequality, the segregation of American schools and how we can work to amend it.
One-third of prisoners in the US are black. Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in America in this seminal Netflix documentary.
When They See Us
Based on a true story, this harrowing series follows a 1989 case where five Harlem teens were falsely accused of brutally attacking a woman in New York's Central Park.
The Hate U Give
Based on the young adult novel, The Hate U Give's film is another great option for teens and parents alike. Following a young African-American girl's search for answers after she witnesses a friend's shooting at the hands of the police.
An Oscar-winning coming-of-age film following a young African-American boy growing up in Miami.
Malcolm X, the movie
A tribute to the black activist and pioneer of the black liberation movement before his infamous assassination in 1965.
12 Years A Slave
This epic depiction of Solomon Northup's slave memoir is as poignant now as it was at its 2013 release.
Make Motherhood Diverse
'An act of inclusion'; challenging the narrative of motherhood that we disproportionate see and hear.
Alright For A Mum
Offering refreshing conversations about single motherhood. Check out their new episode 'Raising An Ally Alone', number 13 in the series.
Cindy Wang Brandt leads parents on a mission to dismantle their own biases. Her new 78th episode 'The ABC’s of Diversity' focuses on helping children embrace their differences.
Hard-hitting conversations about race, parenting and inequality in our schools. We found episode 13 of season 5, 'Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey', particularly insightful.
Good Ancestor Podcast
Thought-provoking conversations with change-makers seeking to be the best ancestors they can. Episode 11 features writer of White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo.
Fearless conversations from NPR exploring how race impacts every part of society.
Reni Eddo-Lodge's podcast takes her conversations in Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race one step further.
Make Motherhood Diverse @makemotherhooddiverse
Challenging the story of motherhood you see on your feed.
Candice Brathwaite @candicebrathwaite
Mum blogger, founder of Make Motherhood Diverse and author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother helps offer a more accurate representation of young black families in the UK today.
The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid
Educating both kids and parents through a racial lens.
Helping Kids Rise @helpingkidsrise
Increasing access to diverse and inclusive children's books.
Embrace Race @embracerace
A community striving to raise the bravest generation yet.
Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter
Follow the official pages of BLM to keep up to date on how you can take action.
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle @rachel.cargle
A hugely educational platform for adults to engage with racial discourses. Check out Cargle's eye-opening article Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” published in Harper's Bazaar.
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Other Things We Can Do
Follow the active petitions of Colour Of Change.
Find petitions to diversify GCSE texts, teach Britain's colonial history in schools and more on change.org.
Black women in the UK are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth. FiveXMore is aiming to fix that with their petition to improve health care and maternal mortality rates.
Email & Speak Up
The Black Curriculum is aiming to re-imagine the future of education through black British history. You can help them take action quickly and effectively using their letter and email templates.
If you are in a position to donate, then this page from Black Lives Matter is a great place to start.
Support POC-Owned Businesses
Whilst it's something we probably do unthinkingly, how we spend our money is political. Help close racial wealth gaps and diversity your interactions by supporting businesses from people of colour.
We'd like to credit the resources below for offering such wonderful guidance, and encourage you to keep researching, reading and learning about issues of race with us.
A wonderfully interactive reading list to visit with your kids, created by Michelle Widawer Hamburger.
An "incomplete guide" but still hugely comprehensive document made by Lucy Song, including tips and print-out activities to help promote racial awareness with your children.
An amazing resource round-up by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein to assist white parents in raising anti-racist children.
Helping to facilitate conversations about race in schools.
Resources to help parents raise race-conscious children.
Proving that our kids aren't too young to talk about race.
A further springboard of books, films and podcasts to begin to educate yourself from.
Amplifying the voices of black writers for young readers.
You can download a guide to all of these resources by clicking below.
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