The protests may be ending, but the work is just starting. Here are some next steps toward becoming anti-racist. Most are free. Also, if you’re overwhelmed by how much is out there—that’s the point. Black people have been creating this educational material for a WHILE. So there’s a lot of it. So the excuse “I didn’t know this was happening” looks weaker and weaker.
A huge part of this is listening. It’s hearing experiences that may not reflect out own. It’s consuming art that challenges our worldview. It’s donating to things that don’t directly affect you, because they are still problematic. We don’t have to try and see ourselves in everything. I get it. I’ve learned that I struggle not just with white-centering, but just self-centering in general. I’m an empath. The natural way I connect with people is by trying to relate their life to my own. And a lot of the time that can be really useful in bridging gaps and caring for others. But sometimes, there won’t be any similarities. That doesn’t mean the stories aren’t worth hearing, or that action isn’t required.
Plus, most of these podcasts, books, etc. are just really fun or thought-provoking or beautiful. So even if you feel “burnt out” on talking about race (which, come on, if you aren’t black or a POC than you should not be burnt out yet…), these resources will be so easy to keep on your usual rotation. If you don’t love a funny podcast, a tear-jerking novel, or shopping for gorgeous items, than I think you need to take a deeper look at yourself.
These lists are far from comprehensive, but it’s a start.
- Listen to podcasts with black hosts:
- 2 Dope Queens
- Hey, Jason
- Call Your Girlfriend
- Balanced Black Girl
- Confessions of a Werkaholic
- Black Girl Podcast
- Strong Black Lead
- The Secret Lives of Black Women
- Good Ancestor
I’m splitting these lists between anti-racism education books AND just fun or challenging literature by black authors. Again, plenty out there, just sharing some to start.
- Me and White Supremacy – Layla F. Saad
- White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
- How to be an Anti Racist -Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
- Eloquent Rage – Brittney Cooper
- Not My Idea (it’s a children’s book, but it packs a punch) – Anastaia Higgenbotham
- Homegoing -Yaa Gyasi
- Americanah -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Hate U Give -Angie Thomas
- The Vanishing Half -Brit Bennett
- The Broken Earth Trilogy -NK Jemisin
- Girl, Woman, Other -Bernadine Evaristo
- My Sister, The Serial Killer -Oyinkan Braithwaite
Poetry (Many people think they don’t like poetry–I challenge you to read some modern verse. You may change your mind.)
- The Birth of All Things -Marcus Amaker
- I Cant Talk About the Trees Without The Blood-Tiana Clark
- Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
- Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay
- The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
- The Tradition -Jericho Brown
- There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
- I’m So Fine by Khadijah Queen
There are plenty of documentaries beyond what you watched during Black History Month in grade school. Check these out. Again, splitting between educational and entertainment.
- 13th -Netflix
- Whose Streets? -Hulu
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross -Prime
- Teach Us All -Netflix
- Becoming -Netflix
- Black Stories Presents: Your Attention Please -Hulu
- The Hate U Give -Prime
- Sorry to Bother You -Hulu
- Insecure -HBO
- Moonlight -Netflix
- When They See Us -Netflix
- Pose -Netflix
- Dear White People -Netflix
- Atlanta -Hulu
YouTube videos whose ad revenue go to BLM
- @bookishandblack – (get more book recs!)
Y’all there are so many amazing people to follow. All I’m saying is if on Tuesday most of your feed was black boxes, your feed isn’t diverse. Here are more roundups:
Campaign Zero -good for education on police reform too!
Vote – but educate yourself on policy first
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.