8 Racial Equity Resources Everyone Should Tap Into
Conversations about race and racial rights are essential, but they can be difficult to navigate. We should all be charged with promoting racial equity and identifying ways to better elevate and consider the voices and perspectives of communities of Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x/Hispanic, and people of colour.
Whether you want to deepen your knowledge or are looking for resources to help others, here are some of the best racial rights resources available right now.
Educate, share, inspire: 8 racial equity resources everyone should check out
1. The Black Curriculum
‘Re-imagining the future of education through Black British history.’
The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise aimed at embedding Black British history throughout the school curriculum, not just during Black History Week. They offer teacher training, assemblies, workshops, and teaching resources to help integrate an understanding of Black history and colonialism into the whole curriculum.
Giving young people an honest view of our history, and ensuring that everyone is equally represented, is essential to help build a fairer, more cohesive society.
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2. BRIT(ish) by Afua Hirsch
‘Where are you from? No, where are you really from?’
BRIT(ish) is a bestselling book examining racism in modern Britain and why we are so reluctant to acknowledge it or the imperial past that led us here.
Although warmly and often entertainingly written, BRIT(ish) doesn’t shy away from asking difficult questions or providing uncomfortable answers. Hirsch’s book is an opportunity for us to reflect on what it means to be British and how this will need to change to heal a divided nation.
3. The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman
‘How do you pack for a one-way journey back to a country you left when you were eleven and have not visited for fifty years?’
Amelia Gentleman broke the story of the Windrush scandal, which led to the resignation of the Home Secretary and a scathing independent review.
In The Windrush Betrayal, Gentleman shares an unflinching breakdown of the layers of incompetence and disregard for human suffering instituted by the Home Office to pursue deportation targets.
4. #Revolution Reading List
‘If the goal of your feminism is to get equal power with white men, you’re going to have to oppress a bunch of people.’
#Revolution Reading List was created by activist, writer, and public academic Rachel Cargle to provide resources for anyone wanting to learn more about racial rights, Black history, intersectionality, and more.
Cargle doesn’t pull any punches, as anyone subscribed to her The Great Unlearn Patreon will attest. Although mainly focused on the US, her reading list is full of insightful, challenging books that should be required reading everywhere.
5. NPR's Code Switch podcast
‘The fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for.’
American National Public Radio produced the wonderful Code Switch podcast. Hosted by journalists of colour, Code Switch makes space for conversations about race and community from within those communities.
Named Apple Podcast’s first-ever Show of the Year, Code Switch offers authentic voices discussing the issues that matter to them and should, therefore, matter to all of us.
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6. Intersectionality Matters! Podcast
‘An incredible lineup of brave educators, students, advocates and activists gathered to share their stories from the frontlines.’
In the Intersectionality Matters! podcast, critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw hosts conversations on a range of challenging racial and political topics in America.
Episodes offer fascinating conversations with subject-matter experts, from journalists and historians to athletes and drag queens.
7. Black and British on BBC iPlayer
‘Bold, vibrant, provocative stories exploring what it means to be black in Britain today.’
The BBC has collected some of their best work into Black and British, available on iPlayer. The programmes explore the lives of Black Britons forgotten from history, how race impacts mental health, the future of Black Britain, and more.
8. About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
‘I don’t think white people ever have to take responsibility for the actions of their worst.’
Reni Eddo-Lodge is the award-winning author of Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race. In her About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge podcast series, she explores the recent past to contextualise and understand the political reality of race in the UK today.
Watch this space for more resources
At FLAIR, we’re committed to continuing the conversation around racial rights and moving society towards a culture of racial equity. Check out our FlairShare platform for more resources, advice, and discussions aimed at creating a fairer, more equitable world.
Is there a resource that you’ve tapped into? We’d love it if you would share it with us in the comments.
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