Black Lives Matter, anti-racism, where do I start? [compilation post]

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Since the murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020, the whole world is aware of what has been the daily reality for Black Americans for centuries now. Similarly, I don’t think this situation comes as any surprise to non-American Black people all over the world.

I have noticed that there are many, often White, people who really want to structurally help work towards a change, but who are completely overwhelmed to the point of not knowing where to start. The advantage of social media is that it’s fast and that you’re able to convey a lot of information in a short time. This is also its big disadvantage, in my opinion. It’s great for speedy action, but it’s not the best for deepening and broadening your knowledge about a certain situation. Most people check their social media during the moments “in between” the rest of their lives, and there’s very few people who read 25 page articles and watch 90 minute documentaries on their phone while taking the tram or sitting in a waiting room. Apart from that, racism is a topic so important, so enormously pervasive and so complex that it needs, no, deserves more than being studied “sometime in between” groceries and dinner.

To try and help people who want to learn more about racism and what they can do to fight it, I have compiled a list of compiled documents, links to organisation websites, books, articles, movies, documentaries and academic lecture series that are interesting, useful and/or can teach you something. Please note that this list is very incomplete and in no way meant to be a “definitive list” or anything of that kind. I just figured it could be a starting point for further personal research:

Compilation documents containing (background)information (articles, books, pdf’s, podcasts), links to petitions, and links to organisations you can donate to, made and updated by people/organisations in the USA

Ways You Can Help. As they say: “When You’re Done: Educate Yourself. This Doesn’t Go Away Once The Topic Isn’t “Trending.””

#DefundThePolice petition

Natl Resource List by @botanicaldyke on Twitter

Antiracist allyship starter pack

Literature and non-fiction

Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man

Franz Fanon – Black Skin, White Masks

Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I no longer talk to white people about race

The following four writers have all written extensively during their lives, so I’m not going to recommend just one of their books:

Maya Angelou

James Baldwin

Audre Lorde

Toni Morrisson

Documentaries

A Band Called Death. How three brothers from Detroit invented punk. In the early ’70.

I am not your Negro. The James Baldwin documentary.

Black Ballerina. “Black Ballerina tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion and opportunity across all sectors of American society”.

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’

BASQUIAT – RAGE TO RICHES

Father Figure: Dutch language documentary about Guilliano, a young Black gay man who has come to accept himself more since participating in the vogueing scene.

Hidden Figures, movie based on the non-fiction book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Soulmates : Dutch language documentary about the Ladies of Soul, who are preparing their yearly stadium performance series.

Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo

Youtube

Brands are Doing This on Purpose: Snitchery explains that million dollar companies having racist “incidents” are no accident: they do it on purpose because it generates attention.

Who is allowed to be a victim? Ted Talk by “Travis Alabanza, a London-based performance artist, writer and general sh*t talker that uses poetry, words, soundscapes and performance to scream about their survival as a black, trans, gender non conforming person in the UK”.

What Missy Elliott did for Afrofuturism

Ballet Shoes Made For Brown-Skinned Ballerinas. The ballet world is unfortunately racist through and through, and change is very, very slow.

The lost neighborhood under New York’s Central Park. Before Central Park was built, a historically black community was destroyed.

Articles

Just to make sure: Why Reverse Racism Isn’t A Thing

Disco superstar Sylvester: Why his relevance still feels mighty real.

There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood

A New Report Highlights the Shocking Racial Disparity Among L.A.’s Homeless Population

‘So flawed and problematic’: why the term ‘world music’ is dead

Disco Demolition: the night they tried to crush black music

The White Lies of Craft Culture

As a black teenager, I loved Morrissey. But heaven knows I’m miserable now. “I used to defend Morrissey against accusations of racism. Now I feel betrayed by his support for bigots like Tommy Robinson”. When your childhood idol turns out to be racist.

Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

Podcasts

Dipsaus, a Dutch language podcast by and about women of colour.

Can hip hop save ballet? “In the world of classical ballet, black dancers are conspicuous by their absence. Eric Underwood, a former soloist with The Royal Ballet, wants to understand what might be restricting their participation”.

Academic lecture series

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present. 25 lectures on African-American history. They’re available for free!

Nederland & de slavernij Een hoorcollege over de Nederlandse rol in de Trans-Atlantische slavenhandel, Dutch language academic lecture series on the Dutch involvement in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, available for download for € 27,95.

The Netherlands

I have decided not to translate this part, as the websites and information I link to are also in Dutch. If there is any information down here or on any of the websites that I have linked that you need translated, please let me know in the comments or by DMing me on Instagram and I will gladly translate it for you.

The Black Archives. “The Black Archives is een historisch archief waar mensen terecht kunnen voor inspirerende gesprekken, inhoudelijke activiteiten en boeken vanuit zwarte en andere perspectieven die elders vaak onderbelicht blijven”. Je kunt hier doneren. Ook zoeken ze vrijwilligers: rondleiders en mensen die willen helpen archiveren.

Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter. “Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter richt zich op een toekomst zonder racisme en uitsluiting. Wij zijn van mening dat dit alleen bereikt kan worden door het erkennen van de invloed die het koloniale en slavernijverleden heeft op de huidige samenleving en op alle Nederlanders. De stichting zet zich in voor meer kennis over de gevolgen van het koloniale en slavernijverleden van Nederland”. Je kunt doneren of vrijwilligerswerk doen.

Gloria Wekker – Witte Onschuld

Zwarte Piet, een blackfacepersonage Een eeuw aan blackfacevermaak in Nederland

De situatie waarover Het Parool al in 2018 berichtte, dat een aanzienlijke groep Surinamers in Nederland minder AOW ontvangt dan hun Nederlandse leeftijdsgenoten nog steeds niet opgelost is. Deze situatie is ontstaan omdat zij volgens de boeken minder dan 50 jaar (de tijd die het duurt om een volledige AOW op te bouwen) in Nederland hebben gewoond voordat zij de pensioengerechtigde leeftijd hebben bereikt. Er wordt echter geen enkele rekening gehouden met het feit Suriname vanaf het moment dat ze geboren zijn tot het moment dat ze hier zijn komen wonen, bij het Nederlands Koninkrijk hoorde. Ze hebben dus 50 jaar in Nederland gewoond, en gewoon recht op het volle bedrag. Er zijn schriftelijke vragen over gesteld, en er is een petitie aangeboden aan het begin van dit jaar, maar tot nu toe is er geen oplossing in zicht.

Welke rol speelde Nederland in de slavernij? Snel overzichtsartikel over de geschiedenis van de slavernij in Nederland.

Nationaal instituut Nederlands slavernijverleden en erfenis

Slavernij en jij. “Voor iedereen die meer wil weten over het Nederlandse slavernijverleden is er nu Slavernij en Jij. Op deze website treft de bezoeker onmisbare basiskennis over dit deel van de Nederlandse geschiedenis”.

Keti Koti Amsterdam, de jaarlijkse herdenking en viering van de afschaffing van de slavernij. Dit jaar (2020) is de herdenking afgelast vanwege de Coronasituatie, in 2021 vindt de viering zoals altijd weer plaats op 1 juli. Meer informatie over een alternatieve herdenking dit jaar volgt.

Vrouwen in de Nederlandse slavernij: een lijst van publicaties over dit onderwerp.

Anton de Kom: schrijver, nationalist en verzetsstrijder: vogelvlucht biografie van Anton de Kom, onder andere schrijver van het boek “Wij slaven van Suriname”.

Anton de Kom: ‘Strijden ga ik!’, biografie van Anton de Kom vanuit Amsterdams perspectief.

Heden van het slavernijverleden, een vaste tentoonstelling in het Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. In 2021 opent een nieuwe, uitgebreide tentoonstelling over het koloniaal- en slavernijverleden.

Wit huiswerk, een site “bedoeld voor witte mensen die zich hun strijd tegen racisme willen verdiepen”.