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Check your privilege: The Reading List

Five vital reads to educate yourself and begin to cultivate an antiracist consciousness.

We live in a world where ethnic minorities are forced to navigate themselves in a world that is hostile, racist and dangerous. People are losing their lives every day, simply because of the colour of their skin. Last week, George Floyd lost his life at the hands of a white American police officer and protests are happening all around the world right now in solidarity for the lost life of another brother. With protests popping up all over the globe, social media is awash with videos on the ground though some of the content (mainly stateside) is terrifying and at times triggering for the black community. The majority of the videos are an example of a community no longer asking for respect but demanding it.

It is in light of these recent times that we have put together a reading list to help you check your privilege. In the words of Angela Davis “in a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be antiracist”. But being ‘anti-racist’ for many goes against the grain. It asks you to not be silent. It asks you to not ignore something because it makes you uncomfortable. It is through education and knowledge that we can change these moments of injustice into a movement of positive change. We are asking you to educate yourself and your peers on white privilege, black history and to examine the very way you view black people.

THE READS:

So You Want to Talk About Race
By Ijeoma Oluo

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
By Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me and White Supremacy
By Layla F Saad

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
By Robin DiAngelo

How to Be an Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi

1 June 2020