Antiracism resources

Antiracism resources to support our antiracist training by encouraging the reader to educate themselves and to strive to be antiracist.

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Free antiracism resources curated by onEvidence. If you’d like to include your video, book/article, toolkit or other resource in this page, please get in touch.

The Impact of Institutional Racism

This pilot show investigates institutional racism and accompanies our antiracist training programme. It was produced by onEvidence in partnership with Global Race Centre for Equality (GRACE) at the University of Central Lancashire.

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The Danger of a Single Story

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person, culture, or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Check Your Blind Spot

I wrote this poem in an effort to wake others to the reality of systemic racism and historic prejudice that plays a much bigger role in our lives then we realise. Racism is real. It’s here and now and if we don’t acknowledge our ignorance and privilege, we do nothing to make it go away.

Joshua Luke Smith

Following the murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 in the US, Bath-based artist and poet Joshua Luke Smith speaks out in a viral performance of Check your Blind Spot.

I’m Not Racist But…

This talk aims to “create a curious mind, promote self-reflection and consider that it isn’t enough to recognise racism does exist or to be averse to this. We need to be actively anti-racist and challenge ourselves before we can challenge others. We must find our own buts”. Find out more about Tahira’s unconscious bias training here.

The Myth of Race

Is there any biological basis for categorising humans by race? This BBC Ideas short film provides the answer to this question.

The Atlantic slave trade

Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic and personal impact of the Atlantic slave trade.

Patriarchy: Power and Gender in the 21st Century

Ananya Roy talks about patriarchy and racism within the institution she serves and in the intimacy of her own family.

Ask Prof Wolff: Capitalism and Racism

Professor Wolff discusses the historic link between racism and capitalism and the racial economic disparities that exist today.

The urgency of intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw looks at the reality of race and gender bias to understand how the two can combine to create even more harm.

Antiracism books

How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi (Author)

In his best-selling book, rather than presenting a how-to guide, Kendi uses his own experience as an example of shifting one’s focus from the personal to the systemic regarding racial issues. He explains that “being antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Akala (Author)

2019 British book by the rapper Akala (Kingslee James McLean Daley). Natasha Mwansa of the Evening Standard described the book as “ideal for anyone who is unaware of how institutions like the police and education consistently fail young black people, particularly from working class backgrounds”.

Black and British: A Forgotten History

David Olusoga (Author)

“You could not ask for a more judicious, comprehensive and highly readable survey of a part of British history that has been so long overlooked or denied. David Olusoga, in keeping with the high standards of his earlier books, is a superb guide.” – Adam Hochschild.

‘BRIT(ish)’

Afua Hirsch (Author)

Writer, journalist and broadcaster, Hirsch reveals the “uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today.”

Between The World And Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Author)

Between The World And Me is written as a book-length letter to the author’s 15-year-old son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates explains to his son the “racist violence that has been woven into American culture.”

“I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour

gal-dem (Author)

“A radical, beautiful, world-changing collection of writing that we all need to read.”  – Scarlett Curtis. Fourteen essays from gal-dem’s writers tackling important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Race

James, Michael; Burgos, Adam, “Race”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

This paper explores: History of the Concept of Race, Do Races Exist? Race versus Ethnicity, Race in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy, and Race in Continental Philosophy. Click here to read (free).

Race and ethnicity, explained

Erin Blakemore (Author)

In this National Geographic article, Blakemore briefly explains the difference between race and ethnicity. Click here to read (free).

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Peggy McIntosh (Author)

This essay is excerpted from “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” Click here to read (free).

The Race to the Top: Structural Racism and How to Fight It

Nazir Afzal (Author)

“A powerful intervention roundly debunking the myth of progress in racial equality — particularly in the workplace — and offering a blueprint for the future.”

Racial justice at work, from gestures to action

Syreeta Allen (Author)

In this blog, Allen states that “Many business leaders are now asking how to go beyond supportive statements to become credibly anti-racist organisations.” In it she shows that antiracism is not merely the absence of explicit racism but the act of intentionally challenging systemic injustice. Click here to read (free).

How to Hold Your Company Accountable to Its Promise of Racial Justice

Rebecca Knight (Author)

“After the civil unrest of the spring, organizations around the country expressed their solidarity with the Black community, pledged money to fight discrimination, and promised to embrace diversity in their workforces. How can you use your influence to ensure your company follows through on its commitments?” Click here to read (free).

How to Avoid Corporate Blackwashing

Dr. Tiffany Jana (Author)

Moving from Black Lives Matter Support Statements to Antiracist Action and Systemic Change. Click here to read (free)

Creating value by addressing business challenges with diversity and inclusion

Johannes (Joop) Smits (Author)
Director, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland

Nicola Troppmann (author)
Manager, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland

“Diversity and inclusion (D&I), an important part of the social pillar of ESG, has shot up the public and corporate agenda more quickly than anyone could have foreseen. Strong evidence indicates that a diverse pool of talent and a culture of inclusion can create value and enable companies to outperform. But how do you put theory into practice to achieve an organisation that not only is diverse, but also where this diversity has real business impact?” To answer these questions, the authors take a closer look at how D&I fits into the broader context of work and business performance. Click here to read (free)

5 Signs That I’m Struggling with Internalized Racism

Maisha Z. Johnson  (Author)

Black and other minoritised people may, consciously or unconsciously, internalise racism, usually as a survival mechanism. Internalised racism can be defined as “the individual inculcation of the racist stereotypes, values, images, and ideologies perpetuated by the white dominant society about one’s racial group, leading to feelings of self-doubt, disgust, and disrespect for one’s race and/or oneself” (Pyke, 2010). In this article, Johnson discusses her struggle with internalised racism. Click here to read (free).

Antiracism toolkit

Anti-Racism and Allyship in the Workplace: A Brief Guide

Business in the Community

This Anti-racism and allyship in the workplace toolkit outlines the steps individuals in the workplace can take to become an effective ally. Click here to access (free).

Talking to children about racism

NSPCC

This antiracism resource offers advice to help you understand how to talk to children about race and racism, and what you can do to support a child who’s experiencing racial bullying. Includes details about Childline support for young people. Click here to access (free).

Anti-racism and mental health in schools toolkit

Anna Freud Centre, Hon. Stuart Lawrence, BLAM UK

School leaders and staff have a critical role to play in creating an anti-racist culture, as well as directly supporting those who experience racism. To help schools in this process, the Anna Freud Centre has created a set of 10 practical resources to improve education staff’s understanding of racism and its impact on mental health. Click here to access (free).

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

MP Associates, Center for Assessment and Policy Development, and World Trust Educational Services, July 2022.

This antiracism resource contains a glossary of common terms to relating to race and racism. Its aim is to improve the quality of dialogue and discourse on race through shared understanding of these terms. Click here to access (free).

Internalised Racism

Racial Equity Tools.

This antiracism resource contains a curated collection of papers, blog posts, and videos under the headings: Analysis of Internalized Racism and Oppressions, Core Concepts, Internalized Racial Superiority, Internalized Racism Within Communities of Color, and Resources for People of Color. Click here to access (free).

white people. do something
Kara Springer, A Small Matter of Engineering, Part II, 2016. Photo: Conrad Benner.

Global Race Centre for Equality (GRACE)

GRACE is a transdisciplinary research centre based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The centre is led by academics of colour and benefits from an active membership of colleagues with a track record of race-focused and/or racially inclusive research, with a commitment to anti-racism. Membership is free. Click here to explore.

UK Higher Education Award Gap Group

A repository that enables HE practitioners to share resources and actions associated with closing racialised award and progression gaps prevalent in UK Higher Education institutions. Contributions are invited. Click here to explore.

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor Smith review

Independent review by Baroness McGregor-Smith considering the issues affecting Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace. Click here to explore.

Lammy Review

An independent review, chaired by David Lammy MP, into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System. Click here to explore.

Police Race Action Plan

The Police Race Action Plan sets out changes across policing to improve outcomes for Black people who work within or interact with policing. Click here to explore.

Race report: Healing a divided Britain

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report on the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy. Click here to explore.

Antiracism resources to support our antiracist training by encouraging the reader to educate themselves and to strive to be antiracist.

The content of these antiracism resources is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT intended to be used as legal advice. We receive no commissions based on our recommendations.

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