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AP Recommends – The ally edition

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There has been lots to reflect on for the month of July. England almost brought it home and we spent the month cheering and bursting with pride, the final easing of lockdown took place and for a second time this summer, we enjoyed a short but intense heatwave. (Do you even live in England if you don’t complain about the weather, though?)

One thing we would rather not carry into the new month is the racial abuse that has been circulating the socials in the last few weeks – we most certainly do not condone this behaviour.

We’re passionate about self-educating to help better understand the experiences of others so that we can be better allies. If you’re looking to do the same, we’ve got some suggestions below that will help raise awareness of different individuals’ stories and hopefully help support change...

 

Interesting article

As regular readers of EG, we were pleased to see editor Samantha McClary’s recent article, It’s time to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.. The article came in response to the racial abuse Saka, Rashford and Sancho suffered after the Euros, but also called out racism in the real estate sector, which has historically been known for its white and male dominance. Calling out experiences like this is what needs to be done to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in the sector and that is exactly what has been done. Worth the read!

Online events /workshops

While some of these may be a bit pricey, we have included a list of anti-racism events held online that you can get involved in. Whether it’s tackling racial abuse in the workplace or learning about how to sit and speak to your children about it, there’s something for everybody. While some are free, there is a suggested donation to be made where possible.

Audible

Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race, narrated by the author herself, Reni Eddo-Lodge, is a book providing an insight into the racism experienced in the UK, both past and present. It looks at the challenges and struggles that people go through, exploring an important and sensitive subject. Whether you’re tuning into the audio book, or picking up a physical copy, this is a must-listen / read, coming in highly recommended by the team.

Podcast

Taking the conversation further, the podcast About Race, also by Reni Eddo-Lodge, features anti-racism activists, while delving deeper into the country’s recent history, leading to the politics of today. If you prefer to get your info via podcast, this is the one for you.

One to watch

Available to pre-order, The Good Ally by Nova Reid provides a clearer understanding on racial injustice and white privilege, providing insight into what is needed to make a change in society. Nova Reid is a diversity consultant and anti-racism campaigner, and her book will provide the steps and advice needed to become better allies against racism, while expanding your knowledge. We’ve got ours on order!

Film

Based on true events, The Hate U Give is a must-watch for anyone looking to educate themselves on the racial division suffered in the US. Following the life of a girl living on both sides of the divide, home and school life separated by race, and a young man being wrongfully shot by police, this film is a real eye opener. Available to rent on Amazon Prime, we highly recommend.

TV series

Another true story to watch is award-winning Small Axe on BBC iPlayer. Small Axe is based on the real-life experience of London’s West Indian community in the 1960s to 1980s. Police racism is an ongoing theme throughout the series, as well as the real life experiences of author, Alex Wheatle MBE.

Get involved

Research conducted by BT suggested that 1 in 10 people have received online abuse in the past year. BT and BT’s advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, has put together BT Hope United, a football team of male and female footballers, coming together to tackle the online hatred that takes place. Check the website for help and advice on confronting the problem and what we can do to help stop this happening.

Charity

The UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card, is a charity using high-profile footballers to help challenge racism in society and sport. There are a number of resources available on the website including YouTube videos, podcasts (on a range of platforms) and interviews with players, managers and young people talking about their experiences. There is an educational film available to buy and some really cool merch showing racism the red card!

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