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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mcCLm_LwpE – 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvoXeXCoUY) – this shorter 15 minutes clip summarising A Class Divide may be useful to devise a reflective exercise.
https://twitter.com/the_female_lead/status/1272998128443109378 - this recent interview with Jane Elliot describes how we are all descendant from black women.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFQkLp5u-No – here Jane Elliott sums up 50 years since brown eyes/blue eyes and the historical context of her work.
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/white-people-can-hold-each-other-accountable-to-stop-institutional-racism - How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism an article by Elly Belle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8jUA7JBkF4 - '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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrkPb9wcRJs- 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
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892376/COVID_stakeholder_engagement_synthesis_beyond_the_data.pdf - Public Health England: Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/aug/13/decolonising-dermatology-why-black-and-brown-skin-need-better-treatment – recovery rates for white skin cancers have steadily increased over decades and cancers affecting black skin recovery rates have actually gone down.
Black women recall discrimination, microaggressions and substandard care during pregnancy in a new survey. Read in HuffPost UK: https://apple.news/Amu9oBO58Tdi5dRGjXxf0og