BLACK LIVES MATTER
THE STUDENT WORKSHOP ARE LISTENING, LEARNING AND SPEAKING OUT.
The recent, heart wrenching news stories of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers has urged the world to bring these outrageous injustices to the surface, by speaking out with the Black Lives Matter movement. This page has been created as a space for us to educate ourselves.
It is important we are not treating this as a trend, but we treat it as an urgent realisation that is evoking societal change. It is important we are teaching the next generations that this injustice cannot be accepted and acknowledged as part of our society. Why should it be the normality that human beings are systematically oppressed by OTHER humans?
We all struggle to find the words to speak up, however what we all CAN do and what we all SHOULD do, is educate ourselves on the racial injustice that our world has seen for centuries.
The Student Workshop has gathered a list of Books, Documentaries, Podcasts, artists and more resources that you can access via our website. We understand that this isn’t a ‘current trend’ this is a moment in society where we can speak out for change. So we urge you all to make use of this page and educate yourself. It will be here forever. Black lives matter, forever.
*everything is linked
DOCUMENTARIES YOU CAN WATCH
I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary Amazon – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.
Dark Girls - Documentary - "Dark Girls is an emotional exposé on what it means to be dark skinned in America. Filmmakers D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke capture moving interviews with women who open up about their experiences being dark, Black women in America. They share painful stories about things their mothers, sisters and friends have said, in addition to what they’ve taken away from mass media. Overwhelmingly these interviews reveal the same thing: To them, Black is not beautiful."
Eyes on the Prize - Documentary Amazon - "For the preeminent documentary series on the Civil Rights Movement, look no further than Eyes on the Prize. When it premiered on television in 1987, The Los Angeles Times called it “an exhaustive documentary that shouldn’t be missed.”
When They See Us – Netflix – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story”
Dear White People - Netflix - "At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination."
PODCASTS YOU CAN LISTEN TO
Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid
About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
Come Through with Rebecca Carroll - Host Rebecca Carroll wants us to acknowledge that race is at the center of every issue in America and that it’s finally time to have a conversation about it.
PLAYS AND ARTISTS
A Day at the Racists by Anders Lustgarten - A Day at the Racists is a brave piece of political theatre. It both attempts to understand why people might be drawn to the BNP and diagnoses a deeper cause of that attraction: the political abandonment and betrayal of the working class by New Labour.
Skin by Dennis Foon - Skin introduces us to a group of Canadian teenagers who are coming of age in the late 1980s. Faced with racial discrimination, Phiroza, Jennifer and Tuan must navigate the choppy waters of high school, each confronting his or her own set of challenges. Ranging from academic difficulties, to budding relationships, to the trials of adapting to a foreign language and culture, the three share their stories of struggle, survival and defiance of negative expectations and racist attitudes.
Brother to Brother by Michael McMillan - A poetic exploration of the complexities of being black, male and British.
debbie tucker green - ear for eye and random
Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner by Jasmine Lee - Jones -In this innovative play blending real life and online culture, a young Black woman takes to Twitter to voice her frustration with white women profiting off Black culture and stereotypes. When The Discourse turns on her, the line between internet personas and IRL relationships blurs, and the heightened scrutiny she comes under puts her real-life friendship under strain
BOOKS YOU CAN READ
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo - Lodge. Please note, Reni is asking people to borrow her book from friends or buy it from independant sellers and donating the money instead. Further down this webpage you will find ways of donating. (RHUL students, you can access this like many others on the online library services)
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala -In personalised chapters covering the police, education and identity, politics, sexual objectification and the far right, he confronts the issues of race and class at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire in this fierce and articulate polemic.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo -A fresh, sane, clear-sighted analysis on the racial and social challenges we face in the 21st century... Robin DiAngelo is a white person with whom we would do well talk about race with. And listen to. (Johny Pitts)
How Racism Makes us Sick? David R Williams
Common Ground on Race by Logan Thomas
Colour Blind or Colour Brave? Mellody Hobson
Not all superheros wear capes-how you have the power to change the world - Nova Reid
PETITIONS AND DONATIONS
Change.org petition for justice for George Floyd
BLACK LIVES MATTER - Defund the Police