Black Lives Matter – Book Recommendations

Living in the UK, it’s imperative that we educate ourselves about racism as it’s barely featured on the school curriculum; our history modules are heavily sanitised and edited to leave out our long history of colonialism and oppression.

Non-Fiction

There are recommendations all over Twitter and Instagram right now so it’s easy to search for ideas but here are a few non-fiction choices I’ve just purchased on the advice of Obioma Ugoala.

Brit(ish) – Afua Hirsch

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala

How to Argue With a Racist – Adam Rutherford

You can read the full thread here:

Another book that’s frequently recommended is Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Racby Reni Eddo-Lodge. The author has requested that people try to borrow the book, if possible, and donate what they would have spent on it towards the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

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Fiction

Three fiction books that are being repeatedly recommended right now are:

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Tyler Johnson Was Here – Jay Coles

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

Over on Twitter, @vlmfantasies has curated a list of lesser-known books by Black authors if you want to support some more writers:


White Privilege:

There are still some people who fail to see how ingrained racism is in our society and how we’re complicit in racist institutions. Others try to argue that “All Lives Matter” which is a ridiculous notion when Black and other ethnic minorities don’t even enjoy the same rights as White people do.

This is a brilliant guide to White privilege:

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I’ve had this series idea in my mind for quite a while now…so here it is! As a Korean-American, I can’t speak to the unique experiences of other marginalized groups in the US, but as a fellow minority I empathize with your hardships, acknowledge your struggles, and will continue to amplify the voices of all POC 💕 UPDATE: turning off comments as the amount of conversation here is blowing up my alerts and the amount of mental effort required to keep up with everything has been very straining, as well as the conversation here is quickly turning aggressive and derisive for everyone. Please DM me if you have specific concerns/questions about the series(but please do a google search first)! Please see my repost rules highlight before sharing ✌️ 〰️ #blackhistorymonth #whiteprivilege #privilege #checkyourprivilege #racialequality #illo #illustration #digitalillustration #procreate #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #draweveryday #sketchbook #digitalart #drawingoftheday #ladieswhodraw #womenwhodraw #pdxillustrators #illustratorsoninstagram #womensupportingwomen #feminist #designer #womanownedbusiness #portlandartist #womenofillustration #femaleillustrator #femaleartist #womanartist #femaleartists #womenartists

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Another book I’m hoping to purchase soon is White Fragility by Robin Diangelo as it’s been frequently recommended as essential reading.


How Can I Help?

If you want to help, please sign petitions, donate, protest, or do whatever you can to help be an ally. Here’s a brilliant website compiling a list of links:

 


1 Comment

  1. Alynn98

    2 June 2020 at 4:53 AM

    These are some great book recommendations! Thank you for sharing!

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