Last week, the death of George Floyd sent shockwaves around the world.

The 46-year-old African-American father died after a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes until he could no longer breathe.

He has been charged with manslaughter and third degree murder, with another recent charge of second degree murder.

The other three officers present, after some delay, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and with aiding and abetting manslaughter.

The horrific incident, which was caught on video, has sparked mass protests across the globe.

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Understandably, it is not just those in America that have felt the need to take a stand against the traumatic incident. George Floyd’s death is at the forefront of the global stage, with many rallying for non-black people to demonstrate their allyship.

It isn't enough to be just non-racist, now more than ever is the time to show that you are anti-racist.

On Tuesday 2 June, people took to Instagram to partake in #BlackoutTuesday, sharing a black square to their grids in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

However, for those that are non-black there is so much more that can be done to educate themselves and help assist.

Here are some resources…

Charities and Funds

Black Lives Matter

This is the most prevalent movement, and their website reads: "#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.

"Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organisation 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."

Click here for more info

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Their mission is to "criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to, as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing" and they have been raising cash to post bail for those that are protesting the murder of George Floyd.

Click here for more info

Show Racism The Red Card

This is a British organisation that has its origins with football player Shaka Hislop in the 1990s, who suffered an incident of being racially abused, which stopped when the culprits realised he was a Newcastle United player.

The charity provides "educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society" and they use high profile footballers to do so.

Click here for more info

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Stand Against Racism & Inequality

This UK charity, known by the anagram SARI, helps survivors of hate crime. They assist people with the legal process, file complaints against agencies, and support them through the mental and physical trauma they have suffered, as well as many other things.

Click here for more info

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

This is a British charity that was founded following the horrific murder of Stephen Lawrence that shocked the nation back in 1993. The charity aims to help between the ages of 13 to 30 have success in their chosen professional field.

Click here for more info

Books

Black Feminist Thought

This book by Patricia Hill Collins is a great resource shedding a light on great intellectuals and writers throughout history who are both black and female.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Published in 2017 and written by British writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, the idea for the book was brought about from a consistent frustration she had after trying to discuss systemic racism in society with white friends.

She wrote: "I'm no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms…

"You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It's like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It's like they can no longer hear us."

How to Be an Antiracist

Written by Ibram X. Kendi, this book is brilliant and really focuses on the difference between being non-racist and anti-racist.

The writer reframes the conversation around racial justice in the U.S and asks the reader to imagine what an anti-racist society might look like and how to help it happen.

When They Call You a Terrorist

The co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele wrote this moving and powerful memoir about the experience of black people in America.

Focusing on the prejudice and persecution by the police, the book dismantles the desensitisation white people have to videos of brutality against African Americans and draws our attention to the humanity behind the statistics.

So You Want to Talk About Race

This answers many of the questions that white people ask about race. Author Ijeoma Oluo thoroughly and clearly fleshes out responses to “What are microaggressions?”, “Is police brutality really about race?" and "Why am I always being told to ‘check my privilege’?” among many others.

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo's book tracks the lives and loves of a dozen British women across different generations and social classes giving a picture of modern black womanhood.

Podcasts

Black Gals Livin'

Two funny British friends Jas and Victoria, discuss everything from mental health to pop culture to life. Their insightful and often hilarious conversations focus on issues of race and the black community.

Listen here

1619

This New York Times audio series is about slavery and the how it has affected America as we know it today. In 1619, over 400 years ago, a ship that carried 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia, and so began 250 years of enslaved people. Heavy listening.

Listen here

Code Switch

This podcast is all about race and culture and is made by America's National Public Radio. Including personal stories and a spectrum of identities, as well as historical context to analyse the challenging topic of racism in America.

Listen here

The United States of Anxiety

This started as a result of the extreme polarisation in the run up to the 2016 U.S election, and has continued ever since. They take listeners back to the Civil War which was the first attempt at making a multi-racial society in America and discuss why it has not yet been realised.

Listen here

Influencers and educators

Rachel Cargle

Rachel Cargle is an academic, writer and lecturer on racism. Her Instagram account boasts a community of 1.3 million, where she "guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world."

ShiShi Rose

ShiShi Rose is a writer and educator based in New York. She is also a birth worker. Her Instagram page is full of places for people to donate to support black families who are struggling so they can thrive, as well as black business to buy from.

Layla F Saad

Layla F Saad is a New York Times bestselling author, with her book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor and she is also a podcast host. Her Instagram is full of reading recommendations, resources and content designed to make you question systemic racism.

Ericka Hart

Ericka Hart is a sex educator and 'Racial/Social/Gender Justice Disruptor'. As a queer, non-binary person of colour her voice is important for navigating the world at the intersection of several marginalised identities.

TV & Documentaries

When They See Us

This Netflix TV series perfectly highlights the horrific injustices that racism creates. It is based on the events surrounding the 1989 Central Park Five that were wrongly accused of rape.

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Do The Right Thing

This iconic piece of cinematic history is directed by the visionary Spike Lee. Set in Brooklyn, New York during the late 80s Do The Right Thing tackles racism and police brutality in a gritty honest way, poignantly mirroring the many real life situations when black people have been killed by white police officers.

Strong Island

This extremely moving true-crime documentary is directed by Yance Ford and is about his 24 year old brother who was an African-American teacher who was killed by 19-year-old Mark P. Reilly. The jury did not indict the killer, who claimed self-defence.

Dear White People

This Netflix drama follows the experience of a group of black students at an Ivy League college in America. They are faced with social injustices, cultural biases and misguided activism. The show uses honesty and humour to highlight these issues.

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13th

This is a hard-hitting documentary exploring the racial inequality in the US, and especially highlighting the fact the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

American Son

This 2019 film starring Kerry Washington and is about two African-American parents who are searching for their son and find that he has tragically become another victim of police brutality and racism.

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