As a white woman I acknowledge how privileged I am and the tragic harm that colonialism and systemic racism have been responsible for across the world. I also deeply acknowledge how much there is to learn and unlearn and how important consistent grounded action is.
For the past two years I have been committed to my anti-racism education and have been taking grounded action for change. Below are some resources that I have personally found helpful in my own ongoing education:
The work of Susanna Barkataki. Susanna is an author, speaker, teacher and yoga culture advocate. As an educator and activist, she helps to spread the message of diversity and inclusion, supports people to understand the sacred traditions of yoga and shares very accessible information on the dangers of cultural appropriation and how to avoid it in your own spiritual practice. You can find out more about her work here.
The work of Dr Bertice Berry. Dr Berry is a huge advocate for working with communities to bring about change and she supports many organizations that benefit those in need. She shares a short inspirational video on facebook and Youtube every day. You can find out more about her work here.
Why you need to stop saying “All lives matter” by Rachel Cargle. Rachel is one of many women of colour who is leading this revolution. This is a really clear resource explaining why this phrase is problematic. You can learn more about Rachel and her work here.
The work of Erica Courdae. Erica has a great podcast called Pause on the Play, which explores the topics of visibility, vulnerability and change. I particularly appreciate how Erica speaks about the importance of ‘imperfect action’ instead of going silent. You can learn more about her work here.
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This book is a particularly good one for anyone living in the UK. Reni has asked anyone who is planning to buy a copy to try ordering it from your local independent bookshop to help keep them going during the pandemic. You can learn more about Reni and her work here.
10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Cassandra Harper. Mireille is editor at Square Peg Books and was a writer and consultant for the fantastic book Timelines from Black History. This article is a wonderful guide on the steps to take to be a true ally.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. If you are at the beginning of your journey with this conversation, this is a great read on the concept of white privilege.