Black Lives Matter: where to start learning

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I read on twitter that due to 18 countries partaking in recent Black Lives Matter protests since the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others – may they all rest in peace – by police, we are currently witnessing the biggest civil rights movement in history. What a time to be alive.

Reading, sharing and re-posting a chosen smorgasbord from the incredible influx of posts about how to be a better ally, how to learn and unlearn about our inbuilt racism, proposals for prohibition/defunding of the police force and prisons, what to read, what to watch, what to say, what not to say, revolutionary words, awkward fumbles through privilege, resource packs got me inspired primarily then intensely overwhelmed. Not knowing where to start, I realised that the social media storm I was absorbing was emotionally all-consuming, confusing and way too huge for me to digest. I took a step back and started off by choosing something to watch, something to read and someone to follow.

13th by Ava DuVernay

If you haven’t watched it already, check out 13th by Ava DuVernay. https://www.netflix.com/watch/80091741
A truly moving, informative and mind-twisting documentary about the 13th amendment which supposedly abolished slavery. I learnt more in 100 minutes about the slave trade and the American penal system than I have learnt in my entire education.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

I have just bought this book by Reni Addo-Lodge and only a few chapters in am I relentlessly being blown away by how much we weren’t taught at school.

Akala

I would recommend listening to the awesome music of Akala, his lyrics are truly powerful. He’s also a very intelligent guy, there are interviews and talks with him discussing race and the UK’s history of oppression. His book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire confronts “issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire.” I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this. Check out his interview on JOE:

The sky doesn’t discriminate. The sun, the moon, the day, the night don’t discriminate. Cosmic forces and celestial bodies don’t discriminate. Who are we to judge, to criticise, to vilify, to lacerate, flagellate and mutilate the sacred bodies of this Universe?

If you’ve got any suggestions of informative resources for me, I’d love to hear and share. Thank you for reading. I hope this helps you begin your journey into understanding our true, unfiltered history.

Jen x