Where to start with anti-racism for white people who are not ‘racists’
Mix-up the sources of your news. Read articles written by people who don’t look like you. Get a different side to the story. Explore this media outlet Gal-dem, who are committed to ‘sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour.’
Explore this website: https://gal-dem.com/
Combat ‘implicit bias’. This is a psychological concept that demonstrates how we all harbour biases towards others that we are not conscious of. Learn more here: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/
Recognise your white privilege. This is the notion that whatever hardship you have suffered, it has not been because of the colour of your skin. https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/janaya-future-khan-privilege
‘Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World’ – Robin Diangelo (book)
‘How to be an Anti-racist’ – Ibram X. Kendi (book) Read up about the history and institutionalisation of race. Learn about the issues that were not taught in school. ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’ – Renni Eddo-Lodge. An essential handbook for those wanting to understand about race relations in the UK today.
‘Superior – The Return of Race Science’ – Angela Saini. A discussion of the myth of ‘race’, Britain’s role in Eugenics (pioneering work by Francis Galton, UCL, London), and a solid debunking of the idea that inequality is due to genetics, rather than political power. ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire’ – Akala Drawing on his own experiences, Akala scrutinises the British denial of racism.
If you have children, no age is too young to learn about racism. From picture-books, to young adult novels, there is a lot out there. Here is a selection of novels for teens, with potential discussion points. https://www.thoughtco.com
And here is a list of 10 UK anti-racist charities people can choose to donate to https://www.independent.co.uk/