It’s time to use your voice. Black Lives Matter

I didn’t want to post here again without addressing an issue that has been brought to the world’s attention by the Black Lives Matter movement. I am by no means someone to look to for guidance on this subjectbut I want to be the best anti-racist ally I can be. I wanted to share to provide resources I have read and found to be helpful, educating with others. So that you too can educate yourselves. I will continue to share any resources that have resonated with me via my instagram, and I will of course be speaking to people I know and love about the movement. Uncomfortable conversations have already happened, and they will continue to happen and that is ok this isn’t meant to be easy. Change is hard, and I will continue to strive for a change for better.

In this post I have included some resources that I have been reading and digesting these past few weeks. I will link back to all original sources wherever possible. But it’s up to you and you alone to do the work yourself. Listen, educate, learn, donate, sign petitions and don’t give up. This isn’t a check box exercise, you will need to commit yourself to doing the work indefinitely. I implore you to do your own research too in order to educate yourself. I have created a saved folder on instagram for all the information I’m reading, and I have also created a folder of resources on my google drive so I can digest all of this information properly. Together we will make a difference by raising the voices of others who need to be heard.

Resources (by no means an extensive list but I encourage you to continue to do your own research.)

Black Lives Matter

Black Minds Matter UK

The Black Curriculum

#DoTheWork a 30 day course from the incredible Rachel E. Cargle

Rachel has also created The Great Unlearn which I’d recommend you read and support also.

Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre

Nova Reid’s Anti-racism guide

The Black-Authored Books Everyone Should Buy To Support #BlackPublishingPower from Refinery 29

10 Books About Race Non-Black People Should Be Reading Right Now from Refinery 29

Black-owned bookshops to support now and always from Soho House team – An ongoing list of physical and online stores based in the US and the UK.

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating for People of Colour

Sophie Williams has created an instagram page called Millennial Black @officialmillenialblack as a manifesto and toolkit for black working womxn ahead of her book launch which is now available to preorder and will be released in April 2021. In the meantime she’s launched an online store where you can purchase prints, totes and stickers with her creations; which I love. 100% of all profits are being donated transparently to anti-racism charities. 

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