I have been unsure of what to say in the wake of all that has gone on this past week. I was deeply saddened and angry to hear of another brutal police murder on a black man, George Floyd. Enough is enough. This week has been a week for education. Our generations responsibility is to bring about social inequality and eradicate racism. We need to use our platforms to spread awareness and information. I wanted to share a few resources that I’ve been using, so that we can be allies to combat racism. But I also want to use this post to celebrate and show support for BAME artists and musicians whose work I love.
- Layla F Saad – Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor
I’m currently on day 6, week 1 of Saad’s. When we think of White Supremacy, firstly we think of radical racism (for example, the KKK). This book teaches you that White Supremacy is actually an incredibly broad term – our social systems, politics and economics put white people at the top. Saad tells you to keep a journal whilst you work through the book, which I have been doing – and I recommend you do the same.
- Claudia Rankine – Citizen: An American Lyric
Rankine’s book focusses on racial aggression in the 21st century. The poetry focusses on everyday racism, how white supremacy is so apparent in society and identity. Rankine cleverly uses textual hybridity, she combines what she has to say with visuals. Citizen is such an important text to read at this moment in time.
I watched this documentary when it was first released on Netflix but rewatched it this week. This documentary focuses on the 13th amendment and the racial inequality of the American prison systems. The actvists, politicians and once imprisoned people who speak throughout the documentary are incredible. 13th portrays the racial inequalities in a very powerful way, using disturbing images and videos that shock you, but in a positive way.
- Now They See Us
Again, I watched this when it was first released on Netflix and practically binge watched the series in a day. It’s a heartbreaking true story of a group of boys who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. I highly recommend that once you’ve watched the series, you watch Oprah in conversation with the actors and Antron, Kevin, Korey and Raymond.
- Dear White People
Dear White People is a fantastic series on Netflix. It follows the lives of Black university students and their navigation of modern American race relations – all whilst highlighting stark issues.
- The New York Times – The Daily
These are such great podcasts informing you about the news through their incredibly journalists. Definitely give each podcast posted from this week a listen, starting with ‘A Weekend of Pain and Protest’.
- Monique Melton – Shine Brighter Together
I came across Monique Melton in a Forbes interview. Melton is an educator, does talks and hosts a podcast show. It’s well worth listening to “What is Anti-Racism and Why You’re Not Doing It”. In order to make red social change, it’s no longer enough to simply say “I am not racist”. Melton brings up a lot of interesting points about engrained racism and how to combat it.
- 1 XTRA Talks Special – George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
This podcast talks about the racial injustices in the Black community. There are a hosts of guests and callers sharing their own experiences. incorporates callers talking about their experiences. Maurice and Ashley also share their own experience of being black men in the UK.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I also wanted to use this post as a platform to celebrate my favourite BAME artists and musicians. The list that follows are some of my favourite musicians, be it that I have grown up listening to them or they have been a recent discovery. I hope that you will be able to discover some new favourites to add to your playlists, or encourage you to jump back in to the artist:
- Ady Suleiman
- Anderson .Paak
- Aretha Franklin
- Arlo Parks
- Bob Marley
- Daudi Matsiko
- Gil Scott-Heron
- Jordan Mackampa
- Jordan Max
- Kweku Collins
- Ms. Mohammed
- Otis Reading
- Sway Clarke
- Wonky Logic
Again, I want to share a few artists whose art I enjoy looking at. I feel like art is
- Adrian Brandon
- Jeremy Biggers
- Michelle Robinson
- Reyna Noriega
- Sam Gilliam
- William T. Williams
I just wanted to finish this post by adding links to a few petitions that would be great if you could sign (just click on the orange writing on each bullet point and it will take you directly to the petition) and share on your own social media platforms to spread the word: