Happy New Year! Are we still allowed to say that 3 weeks into the year? What a year it's been already!
The end of a year, and a start of a new one usually brings a lot of reflection of the past "me", as well as planning the ideal "me" I want to be in the New Year. Owning a small business also means a lot of critical thinking about my business, about where I want to put my time and effort, and what I need to be spending my time on.
For my business I created a year plan, a six month plan and monthly plans. Another typical New Years resolution of mine was to be healthier. To ensure I stuck to it, I made a do-able exercise plan, with realistic eating habits I wanted to tackle! Organised, right?!
Another New Years resolutions is to be anti-racist and to try to give myself the education that my school system failed to. To educate myself on history, how to be more anti-racist, and to have it in the forefront of my mind.
I'd made plans for my business, and all my personal resolutions, so it was only natural to make a realistic anti-racism plan that I could stick to! And, as it can be something that people don't know where to begin, I thought I'd share it with you.
We can't learn everything in one week. Anti-racism is a marathon, not a sprint. So, I've given myself a little longer for books as (although I like to buy loads of books) I don't read as much as I'd like to.
If you're new to term 'anti-racism', here's a quick video to start with when it comes to understanding the difference between being not-racist vs anti-racist: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zs9n2v4
"Anti-racists are constantly looking around to say, what tools do I have available to make it clear that this [racism] is not acceptable?"
Without further ado, my anti-racism learning plan:
Book: Natives by Akala
Watch: Whose Vote Counts, Explained - 3 part series (Netflix)
FEBRUARY & MARCH 2021
Course: Rachel Cargle - DoTheWork - A free 30 day course (free)
Watch: Small Axe: Mangrove
Watch: An Introduction to Environmental Racism - Live Event shared & saved on IG
APRIL & MAY 2021
Book: Me & White Supremacy - Layla F Saad
Watch: Racism - A History (BBC) on DailyMotion - 3 part series
Book: Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
This is my simple six month plan for learning more about systemic racism within society, our systems and the world. I want to keep it simple, as I know that when I get stuck into different books, shows and documentaries I'll start to add more things to watch, more books to read and more podcasts to listen to. This simple plan will grow and morph. As I am interested in sustainability and environmentalism, a lot of the influencers I follow (and have shared below) also talk a lot about the intersection with this.
Here's a few other resources that I've found --
Diversifying your reading list -- Non-Fiction:
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Renni Eddo-Lodge
How to be Antiracist - Ibram X Kendi
Dark Days - James Baldwin
Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla
Diversifying your reading list -- Fiction:
Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
1619 - The New York Times
Witness Black History - BBC
Slay In Your Lane - A Podcast
Diversifying your Instagram feed:
Start an anti-racism zoom with your pals once a week (or once a fortnight, or once a month if that's what's manageable)
Begin to critically think about comments from your friends and family that make you feel icky and why they feel icky
Call out icky comments you hear friends / family saying
Add posts on social media that you want to research more to a saved folder to go back to when you have to research more
Find an accountability buddy
If you can afford it, give back to charities working towards systemic change
All of these lists are non-exhaustive. I hope if you've been thinking about anti-racism in your life, this can help in a small way.
Lots of love,