I wanted to write this after the events of this week, and do anything that I can to feel less helpless.
George Floyd died needlessly on Monday. On Tuesday, we discussed Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. And have I just seen that a black CNN reporter has just been arrested live on air?I couldn’t wait until I’d written up the book club notes to say something, as that’s the key message I took out of Eddo-Lodge’s book; we all need to listen, yes, but we are complicit if we continue to say nothing.
Offbeat Book Club has always been about diversifying reading habits and has provided me and other book club members with a wide variety of viewpoints and experiences over the last 18 months. You can see a list of the books we’ve read as a group and write ups of the discussions here. And you can see what I’ve been reading and some reviews here.
But with this post, I mostly wanted to highlight three books in the feature image as a starting point for educating yourself on racism and the experiences of people of colour living in the UK and US. Importantly, all three document the authors own experiences, examining the wider world.
- Natives: Races and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Other fellow book clubbers will have plenty of other recommendations so I urge them to share them in the comments below. To my mind, reading widely and learning about experiences that are different to our own is the very least we can do.
I highly recommend checking out 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack on Medium. Although the political actions are US focused, there were useful recommendations of things to read and watch, as well as suggestions about boycotting certain retailers that fund white supremacist groups or exploit prison labour. Medium itself is a great platform for finding long-reads from a diverse range of authors.
If you’d like to support an organisation that is taking action against police brutality and tackling incarceration issues, many people are suggesting that Minnesota Freedom Fund would appreciate donations to support their work.
There’s also: Color Of Change, The Movement For Black Lives, Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI), Stop Hate UK, Show Racism The Red Card, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (Nabbed from this Stylist article by Kayleigh Dray).
Wishing and hoping for justice for all those who have lost their lives as a direct result of the actions of those who are supposed to protect us.