BLM Resources and Recommended Reading

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The MMF stand in solidarity with black communities around the world, UK and in our industry. The fight against racism is an ongoing one, both on a level of larger structural racism and violence but also within our industry and music community. In order to combat racial injustice it is crucial to acknowledge that racism and white privilege exists and are structures so deeply rooted in our society that they are sometimes invisible to the privileged. It is each and everyones responsibility to get educated and try to understand the structures, the history behind them and how they create an unbelievable discriminatory society that costs lives.

Below is a list of resources and recommended reading to get a deeper understanding of structural racism. If you have any suggestions to resources that should be added, please e-mail lovisa@themmf.net.

Although the conversation is somewhat very focused on USA, structural racism is a problem all around the world, including in the UK. The Institute of Race Relations is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that inform the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe and internationally. Visit their website here. In 2014 they published a report called Dying for Justice on BAME deaths in custody. The full report can be download here.

 

Recommended Reading: Literature

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M. Fleming

Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

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

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

Recommended Reading: Articles

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? 

The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying 

Grime music being stifled by ‘institutionalised racism’ in UK, MPs’ report concludes

Watch

How Racist Are You? – Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise

BFI Collection: Black Lives

BBC Documentary: The Secret Windrush Files

BBC Documentary: The Lawful Killing of Mark Duggan

Crime – The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

Baroness Lawrence: “They changed the word from racism to diversity”

Netflix: When They See Us 

Netflix: 13th

Podcasts

New York Times: 1619

NPR: Code Switch

London Bi Pandas has published a useful list with more resources here.

Where To Donate

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Please note that the Minnesota Freedom Fund is asking supporters to donate to other bail funds and community organisations.

Bail funds across the US

Black Lives Matter

The Bail Project

#SayHerName Campaign

In the UK – email your local MP to ask them to support further investigation into Belly Mijunga’s death.

Donate to Belly Mujinga’s family here.

Visit the Black Lives Matters page for more information of how to support here.