Resources to understand racism

We have collected a list of different resources that can help
you understand more about racism.

Lets Talk About Racism Slides - BME National Conference October 2022

BME National Conference - October 2022

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The conference was an in-person event for the first time in three years on 21 October in central London. The event provided insights into the key challenges facing the housing sector.

Conference speakers included Kate Henderson (National Housing Federation) and Kate Dodsworth (Regulator of Social Housing) talking about an anti-racist approach to housing and regulation. Roger Kline shared his experience in the National Health Service, and was also joined by speakers from the Resolution Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to discuss the cost of living crisis, and what it means for our communities.

Khalid Mair and Tom Copley (the Deputy Mayor for Housing at the GLA) drew  lessons for the housing sector from the GLA’s approach o tackling inequality. There was also an opportunity for BMENational members to discuss the future direction and priorities for the network.

Books

The Good Immigrant

By Nikesh Shukla

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.

Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

By Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of ‘race’ a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men’s bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

By Akala

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers – race and class have shaped Akala’s life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

Podcasts

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further.

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Witness History: Witness Black History

Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history.

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Speaking of Racism

A podcast celebrating everyday activists who are disrupting, deconstructing, and dismantling racism.

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The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett

Episode Description – Steven Bartlett interviews David Harewood the award-winning actor, star of Supergirl and Homeland, and best-selling author behind Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, one of the best-reviewed and best-selling books of 2021. One of the best actors of his generation, David’s road to the top had to overcome his psychosis. He talks about racism, social rejection, being sectioned in this deeply moving interview

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Seeing White

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.

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Videos

Watch a collection of video series, documentaries and talks about racism in society.

It’s Everywhere

by Racheal Ofori

Racism is everywhere and only when we admit that it’s a learnt construct, and that it exists in everything can we even begin to dismantle it: the overt and the subtly insidious.

Post Traumatic Slave Disorder

by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary

In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. Did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery?

Akala deconstructs race, class, and Britain’s modern myths

Rapper, poet and scholar Akala joins James O’Brien for a scintillating interview, in which they discuss two issues that run to the heart of modern Britain: race and class.

The School That Tried To End Racism

BAFTA-winning documentary series that follows a British school as it helps its students uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases, exploring how this can affect us all and what we can do to tackle it. Watch the series

TED TALK: Talks to help you understand racism in America

From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward.
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