Following our statement on #BlackLivesMatter, we want to make sure that at Middlesex it doesn't stop here. We are committed to making a stand against the systemic racism that is present in the UK and across the world. For us to better understand what we see in the news and experience on a day-to-day basis, it is important to educate ourselves on how history has shaped this moment.
So what can we do to make sure that we can have an impact that's sustainable and effective? As a start, we have compiled some powerful resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope this will be a growing list which will be regularly updated - If you have any books, podcasts, films, documentaries or other works that tackle the issue of racism and that you think would be helpful to share... please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele
A powerful memoir of the prejudice and persecution so many black Americans experience at the hands of law enforcement.
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
A collection of essays and speeches which gives us a language and context for what we're seeing today.
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Olu
This book addresses head-on issues such as privilege, police brutality, micro-aggressions and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Revolutionaries - Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, and Jamia Wilson
This is for people of all ages and backgrounds who are ready to step into advocacy and activism, but don't know where to begin.
Me and White Supremacy - Layla F Saad
This book helps readers through a journey of understanding white privilege and participation in white supremacy.
The 1619 project
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from the New York Times Magazine, which aims to re frame the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery at the very centre of our national narrative. Find the article here.
The Combahee River Collective Statement
A statement from a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting since 1974. Find the article here.
'The Intersectionality Wars' - Jane Coaston
An article about Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality over 30 years ago, a 60-year-old Ohio native who has spent more than 30 years studying civil rights, race, and racism. Find the article here.
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups - Craig Elliott PhD
Craig Elliott explores how to recognise whiteness and white privilege, identify and interrupt our internalised dominance, and collectively develop strategies for liberation and change. Find the article here.
'Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?' - Courtney Martin
A Q&A by—and for—people with privilege who want to learn more about racial justice. Find the article here.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh
Peggy McIntosh discusses the impact of white privilege in discussions of power, gender, race, class and sexuality in America. Find the article here.
Who Gets to be Afraid in America? - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
‘Ahmaud Arbery Could have been me’ -Ibram X Kendi speaks about his experiences growing up as a black male in America. Find the article here.
1619 - Podcast from the New York Times
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling. Listen here.
This podcast hosts lively multiracial, interracial conversations about the ways we talk about culture, identity, politics, power and privilege. Listen here.
A podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. Listen here.
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
This podcast features movement voices, stories and strategies for racial justice. Listen here.
Pod For The Cause
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights's new podcast! Listen here.
Pod Save the People
Activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice and politics with fellow activists. Listen here.
Just what is going on with white people? Why? Where did the notion of 'whiteness' come from? John Biewen takes a deep dive into these questions. Listen here.
Learn about the challenges and opportunities inherent in working in diverse organisations. The transformative learning path reviews current thinking and the best practices on essential topics such as bias in all of its forms, cultural competence, communication, allyship, and accountability.
Define diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Engage in conversations about polarising topics. Connect on a deeper level with colleagues and peers.
Read our statement on Black Lives Matter.