Reading and Watch List

Books

So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma Oluo

Discusses topics such as white privilege and police brutality as well as how to go about having conversations about discrimination and racism.

 

Black Feminist ThoughtPatricia Hill Collins

Explores the work and literature of black female individuals and their experiences facing sexism and racial discrimination.

 

The Bluest EyeToni Morrison

A novel about a young African American girl growing up in the 1940s after the Great Depression and the negative impact of racism on an individual’s self-esteem and worth.

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou

An autobiography that illustrates the hardships Angelou faced particularly regarding her race, gender and sexuality.

 

How To Be An AntiracistDr. Ibram X. Kendi

Identifies some of the underlying forms of racism and what we can do to oppose them on an individual level and as a community.

 

The New Jim CrowMichelle Alexander

Discusses the mass incarceration of black men as well as other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

 


Films/series

*Recommended for viewers under 13 with parental guidance
*Recommended for viewers over 13

American Son

The film begins with an interracial couple’s teenage son going missing. It then explores ideas about race, and the parent’s fear regarding the discrimination their son may face.

13th

The movie highlights the racial inequality in the prison system of the United States through mass incarceration.

 

When They See Us

Based on the case of the Central Park Jogger where 5 men of colour were falsely accused and prosecuted with the assault of a woman in Central Park.

 

Just Mercy

In effort to help those wrongly condemned and who cannot afford representation, a Harvard law graduate, Bryan Stevenson, fights to prove the innocence of Walter McMillian

The Hate U Give

The main character is Starr Carter, a teenage girl who lives in a black neighbourhood and attends a largely white prep school. The film explores the conflicts she witnesses and faces as she advocates for black rights.

Blindspotting

The film is about how a man copes after witnessing police brutality and his relationship with his ill-tempered, reckless white best friend.

 

Selma

The movie is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s effort to secure voting rights for all. It depicts the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

 


UK Petitions

Teach Britain’s colonial past as part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324092

Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K. – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/301079

There are hundreds more petitions on https://www.change.org/ campaigning to reopen cases and raise awareness for other hate crimes or unjust treatment but keep in mind that these are less likely to be considered by the UK Government.


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