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Black Lives STILL Matter: Things You Can Do in the UK | Book Recs, Petitions etc

Black Lives Still Matter

Hey guys!
Feeds are starting to go back to normal. I see less and less BLM content going around. I want to draw attention to BLM, it’s not over. The fight is on-going and we need to keep up the discourse.

I did another post for BLM, which was a list of UK charities you can support, I recommend checking out that post if you want to donate.

Here’s your reminder (or wake up call) to my fellow Brits: the UK is not innocent.
I hear people talk about how awful and racist the US is when it is not even remotely uncommon here in the UK. Brits love to pretend it’s not a problem, but it is.

Which brings me to my first tip:

Educate Yourself

My recommendation:
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race: The #1 ...
I listened to the audiobook of this recently and I think it’s a really good starting point for educating yourself on racism in the UK. It’s super informative, I learnt so much from it – stuff that should be common knowledge and taught in schools.
It sounds like an attack on white people – it’s not. It highlights the inequality of Britain and its origin. It gives a first hand account of what it’s like to be Black in the UK.

 

I haven’t read this yet, I’m currently waiting for it to be available at my library:
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
(will give an update/review when I’m done)
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Some other books I’ve seen recommended:

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

The Good Immigrant Ed. by Nikesh Shukla

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

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi


Keep The Discourse Going!

TALK!
Share posts.
Call out your racist friends/family/neighbours/coworkers
Educate them to the best of your ability and direct them to resources online etc.


 

Support Black-Owned Businesses in the UK!

I don’t want to make this post super long but adding loads of links, but I found an article on The Strategist compiling 92 Black-Owned business in the UK. So definitely check that one out!
(I will see if I can maybe write a book-ish Black owned business post in the future)


Sign UK Petitions

*The UK government only respond to petitions on the official gov website, Change.org and other petitions are not considered.
I wish more people knew this, petitions outside of the government website are unfortunately a waste of time.

Require all police officers to take Anti-Racism education

Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.

 

I will be adding more petitions when I find them!

 

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