Anti-Racism Toolkit

FREDA activities are congruent with the Black Lives Matter movement. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. 

‘Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives’. 

The death of George Floyd in 2020 has brought BAME and White people together under the BLM banner, with protests highlighting longstanding issues over the treatment of Black people and the extent of institutional racism. FREDA has put together these resources to help focus our learning, linking to inequalities we have also seen from how Covid-19 is disproportionally affecting People of Colour.

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Training resources

A Class Divide takes you through the original brown eyes blue eyes experiment and follows the children to how they think today. A powerful and interesting material to teach with and raise awareness of racial discrimination.

Shorter 15 minute clip summarising A Class Divide may be useful to devise a reflective exercise.

A recent interview with Jane Elliot describes how we are all descendant from black women.       

Jane Elliott sums up 50 years since brown eyes/blue eyes and the historical context of her work.

How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism, an article by Elly Belle.

'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man'. Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL player, tackles some of the common questions he hears from his white friends and covers different topics.

Introductory video to Layla F Saad's self-help workbook, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor

Covid-related resources

Public Health England: Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups.

Recovery rates for white skin cancers have steadily increased over decades and cancers affecting black skin recovery rates have actually gone down. Guardian newspaper

Black women recall discrimination, microaggressions and substandard care during pregnancy in a new survey. Read in HuffPost UK.

Useful reading

The 1619 Project

Michael Harriot, A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up' Rising

Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations

Hanif Abdurraqib, By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence

“Is unconscious bias training enough to impact in behaviour and perceptions?” Guardian Article - UK barrister mistaken for defendant calls for compulsory anti-racism training

Book list

Afua Hirsch, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Akala, Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire

David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History

Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele, When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoire

Robert Wald Sussman, The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea

Alexandra Wilson, In Black and White