- Text by Huck
This week, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the killing of African American man George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The anger, coalesced behind the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, has seen violent clashes between police and protestors in cities across the United States and solidarity protests erupting across the world, including here in the UK.
As the demonstrations have intensified, so too has the rhetoric from the state. Yesterday President Donald Trump threatened to send in the military to quell the protests before violently clearing the streets outside the White House of nonviolent protestors so he could pose for a photoshoot outside a nearby church. Scenes of tear gas-filled streets and people fleeing as rounds of rubber bullets have been shot into crowds have dominated the news. Many have been killed and injured in the unrest. Despite the arrest and charging of Derek Chauvin – the police officer shown to be kneeling on Floyd’s neck in a viral video circulated after his death – there seems to be no end in sight.
As millions of people around the world demand #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd and the countless other innocent black lives lost in countries around the world to racial violence, we at Huck wish to express our continued support and solidarity for those demanding a better world. https://t.co/RcznBiQFjG
— huck (@HUCKmagazine) June 1, 2020
The killing of George Floyd is just another instance in a long line of systemic racist abuse, oppression and violence stretching back over centuries. For white allies, the question of how to support, step up and stop the cycle of hate has never weighed heavier. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Read, Listen, Learn
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Speigel & Grau
Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Davis, Haymarket
Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin, Penguin Books
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, Penguin Books
Black and British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga, Pan Macmilllan
White Privilege, Kalwant Bhopal, Policy Press
The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, Unbound
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Penguin Books
Born A Crime, Trevor Noah, John Murray Press
Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad, Queercus Publishing
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, Penguin Books
Further anti-racism resources
Guide to Allyship – an open-source guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally
How To Support Black Lives in The UK – a list of resources by @perkin_amalaraj.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If we’ve missed a resource, group, fund or organisation please let us know and we’ll add it to the list. You can get in touch with us at email@example.com