As the Black Lives Matter movement urges an acceleration of anti-racism work, we’re sharing the resources and voices we can access and learn from to educate ourselves on racism.
There may have been times recently when some of us have felt helpless and overwhelmed. Paralysed by the fear of saying the wrong thing while at the same time not wanting to stay quiet. One of the things we love to do at Blossom & Preen is have meaningful conversations, and now more than ever this means we’ve been getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. We encourage you to open the dialogue with friends and colleagues, to learn–and unlearn–and to listen.
The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.IJEOMA OLUO
Educating ourselves is the first step
These lists are not exhaustive but may provide a starting point. They include some of the resources we have accessed so far. We’ve also added in a lot of recommendations from lists compiled by the New York Times, Bustle, gal-dem, Vogue, Elle, BuzzFeed and Refinery29.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more titles and resources you recommend and we will add them to our list.