Black Lives Matter: Resources to Fight Racism

Black Lives Matter: Resources to Fight Racism

Rosie Wolfenden, 4 June 2020

It is time for change, time to fight against the systemically racist world we live in and time to contribute towards a better future. The brutalities imposed upon George Floyd and all those before him, have compelled us to read, listen, talk and start educating ourselves on how white privilege affects the lives of black people and every breath they take. We must take time out to learn black history and accept there is still so much more work to do before we can break down this system which is built on inequality and we urge you to do the same.
 
It is not going to happen overnight and we must keep listening.

Standing by in silence is not an option, as a brand with a platform we pledge to use this to amplify black and POC voices and to be actively anti-racist, not as experts, but as allies who are ready to hold ourselves accountable to do better for the black community.

Tatty Devine is having these important conversations as a team so that we can make a lasting change through our own actions. We have been signing petitions, writing to our MPs, raising our voices and donating money where possible, below are some links so you can do the same.
 
On our Instagram stories we have been sharing anti-racist resources, places where you can donate to and petitions that need signing.

This is what we have compiled so far, as a permanent resource for us all to refer to:

 

"PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO HATE, AND IF THEY CAN LEARN TO HATE, THEY CAN BE TAUGHT TO LOVE..." - NELSON MANDELA

 
 

SIGN PETITIONS:

This is a quick and easy way to get your voice heard and it really does help.

 
Color of Change petition: Justice for George Floyd
Change.org petition: Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Justice for Tony McDade
Justice for Belly Mujinga 
Justice for Sheku Bayoh
Action Network
to defund the police
Protect Afro Textured Hair
Julius Jones is Innocent
Suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to USA

Writing to your MP might seem daunting, but it's very easy especially with these handy copy & paste templates that you can use:
Write to your MP
Make Black histories mandatory in the national curriculum


DONATE:

If you have the financial means to do so, there are lots of organisations that would benefit from donations and funds for victims of Police Brutality that will truly make a difference:

Organisations:
The Bail Project
Black Lives Matter
Reclaim The Block
Stand Against Racism and Inequality
Diversity Lead Publishers
Black Protest Legal Support
Show Racism The Red Card
Irie Mind
Imkaan
Black Minds Matter

Funds for victims:
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Justice for Jamee
Destany Harris Memorial
Justice for Eric Rosallia
Justice for Dion Johnson
Fund for Darnella Frazier who filmed George Floyd’s murder
Fund for James Scurlock
Justice for David McAtee
The Movement for Black Lives
I Run With Maud

You can also watch this video to donate by watching the YouTube advertisements if you do not have funds.


FOLLOW

Follow organisations and accounts run by people of colour in order to diversify your social feeds and to stay present in the conversation:

@blklivesmatter
@naacp
@galdemzine
@colorofchange
@ajabarber - watch this video on Why Performative Allyship Is Triggering
@theconsciouskid
@rachel.cargle
@blairimani
@iamrachelrickets - Her list of Anti-Racism Resources are a must-read
@nowhitesaviors
@ckyourprivilege
@blackvisionscollective
@moemotivate
@munroeburgdof
@laylafsaad - author of Me and White Supremacy@blackballaduk
@makemotherhooddiverse


FILMS/TV SERIES

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)
Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
When They See Us, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
13th, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution
Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler
The Hate U Give
LA 92 (Netflix)
Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck
Dear White People, Justin Simien (Netflix)
Who Killed Malcom X? (Netflix)

 

BOOKS

Whilst we recommend buying your books at your local independent store (here is a list of black bookshops, publishers and outlets to support), we appreciate not everyone has the money to spend right now so it’s worth taking advantage of Amazon’s Audible free 30-day trial as many of the books below you’ll be able to download and listen free of charge:
 
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
The New Jim Crowe by Michelle Alexander
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri


PODCASTS

Serial Podcast - A year inside a typical American courthouse. A season focusing on extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week. 
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Have you heard George’s podcast?


RESTAURANTS

Here’s a list of some of the best Black-Owned Food Places in London - something to look forward to visiting once lockdown is lifted.
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