For the last few months, I’ve been immersing myself in books, movies, and courses with the goal of better understanding how racism manifests itself. But also how I (and we) can do better for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. What follows are some of the resources to help end racism that I’ve consumed so far that I highly recommend.
As white individuals, we must all do our part to end racism towards Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). We can do better, and we need to do better. We won’t always get it right. But the fear of messing up or saying the wrong thing cannot get in the way of us individually doing our part to end racism.
Following is a list of resources that I consumed over the last few months that I have personally found helpful, especially if you want to learn more about how racism and our white privilege manifest itself.
Resources to help end racism
I’ve struggled over the last few months to share online (or not) about my journey so far. There have been all kinds of advice shared on why to share or not to share. That it’s about the work you do offline, and not what you’re sharing online. That if you’re not sharing, you’re not supporting the BIPOC community. Finding the right balance has been challenging, and I welcome any advice and feedback.
We all need to do our part. If I can help inspire just one white person to take on some of the courses below, then to share my work so far will have been worth it.
You might also enjoy: Putting an end to racism.
Courses to take
Anti-Racism 101 Crash Course by Monique Melton
Anti-Racism 10 Crash Course by Monique Melton – This was the first course I took, and I’m glad it was. It was a good introduction. My biggest takeaway from this course was to understand our motives. Doing this work shouldn’t be about making ourselves feel good, educated, or enlightened. It should be about pursuing equitable progress and redistribution of resources for Black people and people of color and ending the violence against the community.
30 Days & 30 Ways To Be a Better Ally by Glo Atamo
30 Days & 30 Ways To Be a Better Ally by Gloria Atanmo – An affordable and incredible resource of daily prompts, stories, videos, quotes, and discussions to better understanding the Black community. I found this to be a great interactive tool that encourages you to look at how you think, understand, and commit to allyship.
Spiritual Activism 101 by Rachel Ricketts
Spiritual Activism 101 by Rachel Ricketts – This course dives into how to commit to genuine anti-racist efforts and how to get more comfortable with our discomfort of addressing our white privilege.
Ricketts also has a great session on the free meditation app InsightTimer called Stepping Into Spiritual Activism.
Courses I’m currently taking :
A New Journey for Non-Blacks, Becoming Anti-Racist & Effective Allies to the Black Community by Kachelle Kelly
A New Journey for Non-Blacks, Becoming Anti-Racist & Effective Allies to the Black Community by Kachelle Kelly – This is a course to better understanding the history and how to understand better how to help achieve diversity in businesses.
Pursue Black Liberation 21 Day Challenge by Monique Melton
Pursue Black Liberation 21 Day Challenge by Monique Melton – You can join this free challenge anytime. This challenge focuses on building a daily practice of anti-racism by pursuing Black liberation.
Indigenous Canada by the University of Alberta
Indigenous Canada by the University of Alberta – This course explores key issues facing indigenous people today from historical and local indigenous settler relations from an Indigenous perspective.
Course that I plan to take in the future :
Show Up and Serve’ workshop by Trudi Lebron
Show Up and Serve’ workshop by Trudi Lebron – This workshop looks at what it means to be a Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive Entrepreneur and Leader. It also gives you the steps you can take to create more safe space, reduce harm, and understand what’s happening in the world today.
Movies to watch
- 13th (Documentary – Netflix)
- Just Mercy (Movie – Amazon Prime & Apple iTunes)
- Loving (Movie – Apple iTunes)
- When they see us (Series – Netflix)
- Becoming (Documentary – Netflix)
- American Son (Movie – Netflix)
- Homecoming (Documentary – Netflix)
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Short Documentary – Netflix)
- Mudbound (Movie – Netflix)
Books to read
- Me and white supremacy by Layla F. Saad. You can read my thoughts about this book here.
- So you want to talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- 21 things you may not know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
- From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. You can read my review of White Fragility here.
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
- Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Here is a list of North American black-owned bookstores where you can find and purchase these books.
You might also like : Review of White Fragility
Teachers of Color on InsightTimer
You can also choose from a library of free meditations from Teachers of Color on InsightTimer from different cultures and backgrounds and experience on this free meditation app.
Instagram accounts to follow
These are the Instagram accounts of people from the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community that I love to follow, whether for their educational or inspiring content, their artistry, travel content, or cooking talents and ideas:
Of course, this is just a tiny sample of all the resources that are out there at your disposal. You can also donate or buy products and services from BIPOC businesses. You can speak up when you witness racism, and you can encourage diversity in your workplace.
I look forward to continuing this journey of self-discovery and also continuing to learn how I can do better and help dismantle the system that continues to disadvantage the BIPOC community.
The journey does not end until racism ends. If you have other resources to recommend, I would love to hear from you. Comment below if you have recommendations to offer or if you tried some of the resources listed above.