image

5 things to watch to educate yourself on racism and white privilege

Check out these useful resources

The death of George Floyd has sent shockwaves of anger and outrage across the globe, with protests erupting across the US and beyond.

People have been taking to social media to show their support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and many have been questioning how they can take positive action to stamp out racism in their community. Donating to relevant charities where you can, signing petitions and writing to your government are all important steps, but taking the time to read, listen and learn is also key to recognising and correcting unhelpful behaviours.

It’s your responsibility to educate yourself on white privilege, systemic racism and the issues faced by black people and black communities, not just in America, but the UK and further afield too. Here are five documentaries, talks and films to have on your radar…

1. Kimberlé Crenshaw on The Urgency of Intersectionality

Professor and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term ‘intersectionality’. In her 2016 TED Talk she discusses this phenomenon, where race and gender bias overlap to create multiple levels of social injustice, and the impact it has on African American women, and black women around the world. Empowering and thought-provoking, she calls on the audience to bear witness.

2. 13th

Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th begins with an alarming statistic: the US has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.

The film explores race, justice, and the prison system in the United States, and how the Thirteenth Amendment (which outlawed slavery, but left a significant loophole), has led to the mass incarceration of African Americans.

3. A conversation with black women on race

In this short documentary, black women talk about the everyday challenges they’ve faced in society and how it’s made them feel. From colleagues making derogatory remarks about their hair, to incidents of racial profiling with police, these stories detail multilayers of stereotypes and microaggressions that occur, and are experienced, on a daily basis.

4. When They See Us

Netflix’s When They See Us – created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay – tells the true story of the Central Park Five; a group of young black men who were wrongly charged with assaulting and raping a jogger in New York’s Central Park.

The five teens maintained their innocence and spent years fighting their convictions, but it was only in 2001, when Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist serving life in prison, confessed to officials that he committed the crime, that their charges were vacated.

A powerful mini-series that will leave you thinking about miscarriages of justice caused by racial injustice.

5. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

The 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a neighbourhood watch volunteer, was the case that kickstarted the Black Lives Matter movement – which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.

In this important documentary, Martin’s parents and others involved with the case address racial profiling and the cultural and societal issues surrounding the tragedy.

The following two tabs change content below.

The Press Association

News from the Press Association - the national news agency for the UK and Ireland

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
oldarse
1 hours ago
0
Thanks for voting!
For white people to understand what black people have to go through they need to know about the every day things that have happened to all black people from young and old. Besides the obvious ( the police) the things such as being ignored by shop assistants when waiting to be served, young children thinking it’s ok to insult you the list goes on and on. Alas nothing will change because the system won’t allow it to.
Lionel
7th Jun 2020
3
Thanks for voting!
'It’s your responsibility to educate yourself ...'

Please allow me to assure you, it is not my responsibility to educate myself on racism or supposed white privilege. That is a typical liberal Press Association fallacy of which they must be disabused.

As the butt end of racial and religious jokes and barbs all my life, and those generations that go back six thousand years before me (the Bible has the details) I can assure you it will not end in this life.

Any notion human nature may be changed is a fallacy, and an expensive one, but I suppose it keeps hack journos and social workers in jobs.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!