I woke up this week frustrated at what was happening on the news. How many more brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, cousins etc, must die before change happens? Racism has been institutionalised and woven into societal structure that every time black people try to protest against it, we’re seen as opposing the system when we’re simply trying to fix it.
There’s so much that can be done to help and change the way things are. If you’re looking for a list of books to educate yourself on black history – whether you’re white, black or Asian – this is where I’ll highlight some great books that explain why the world is the way it is today and how you can help change it.
I can’t express how important it is to be educated on subjects that can be especially sensitive. I’ve seen a lot of senseless opinions that seem based off propaganda or personal opinions. We can march. We can fight. We can protest.
1.Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala
There’s not much I can say about Natives that I haven’t already said in my previous blog post. If you want a more extensive review check out: HERE
2. Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World – Layla F Saad
3. Black Skin, White Masks – Frantz Fanon
4. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
5. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
6. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
7. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X Kendi
8. Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusoga
There’s so many more.
Be Accountable. Stop anti-racist frameworks.
Let’s start to change people’s views. One step at a time.