Anti-Racism Resources: The Docs We’re Watching, People We’re Following, Brands We’re Shopping And More

Time for growth.

It’s an understatement to say it’s been a difficult few weeks. On so many complex levels. We’ve been very closely following, listening, and learning from what’s been going on — everywhere from social media posts and comments to the mainstream news reports, from the contributors we work with and from our team members on the ground in NY, LA, and London. But still, where to even begin.

In light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which instigated protests across the USA and in a growing number of countries around the world, we have written briefly about our support (obviously) for the rights of Black, Indigenous and People Of Colour, and — as has now become abundantly apparent to the general population in Australia — how, unfortunately, police brutality and systemic racism are not just American problems. They affect Indigenous people in Australia and POC communities around the globe. More than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the end of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991, according to The Guardian. And that’s right here in Aus.

At Oyster, we have always worked to uplift minority voices and create a safe space where they can share their stories, but we also know that there’s much more work to be done. We also know our community is filled with creative, passionate, and inspired individuals, who want to do whatever they can to share their support. But there’s also been a lot of anger and emotion both on the streets and on the internet, with everyone trying to figure out exactly what it is we can do that will help drive actual change. It’s not simple, because the problems are multi-faceted, systemic and have been happening for a long time now.

On this, a recent quote by mental health advocate and poet, Lindsay Young, referencing the different lanes of activism, particularly resonated with us:

“Resistance is NOT a one lane highway. Maybe your lane is protesting, maybe your lane is organizing, maybe your lane is counseling, maybe your lane is art activism, maybe your lane is surviving the day. Do NOT feel guilty for not occupying every lane. We need all of them.”

 

 

It echoed comments by Indigenous Australian activist, Aretha Brown, in a feature first published in Oyster Issue #115: The Survival Issue. When asked if she thought ‘online activism’ was making people lazy IRL, she explained:

“Activism is activism and if someone’s with me, then jump on board. I don’t care what shape your work comes in, at least you’re trying. And as an activist, that’s all I can ask for.”

 

There are so many different things we can all do to help, in our own ways. But there’s one thing we know for sure: to fix a big problem, you need a deep understanding of the problem, so ongoing education on the topic is critical. So is listening — even more so.

Now, more than ever, we must continue to dedicate our platforms to uplifting the Black and Indigenous communities; we must educate ourselves; shop at Black and Indigenous-owned businesses; consume Black and Indigenous-produced media and content; support Black and Indigenous creatives, artists, collectives and companies; donate to organizations focused on Black and Indigenous growth. There are so many amazing books to read, movies for watch, people to follow, organizations, and businesses to support. Self-education is crucial and it’s not on BIPOC voices to teach people about racism. The onus is on us all to learn more.

That’s why we’ve created a list of resources to help share what we’ve been reading and watching, the voices we’ve been learning from on social media, and the brands and companies we’re choosing to support. Share this list with your friends and family; use it to learn and most importantly, unlearn. If there’s one thing we can all do right now, it is to self-educate and truly listen to those who make an incredible effort to educate us from their personal experiences and those of their communities. And this is not just something to do this week or this month — it needs to be an ongoing process, through which this list will grow as well. We welcome your suggestions; we want to hear who or what you’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and buying.

And remember: when some of your favourite influencers move on and are no longer posting about #BlackLivesMatter, it doesn’t mean this fight is over. It’s only just begun. Please email us if you have ideas to contribute.

To Read

Books:

Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Dr. Brittney Cooper

How To Be Antiracist, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings, Maya Angelous

Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism, bell hooks

Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and Color Blindness, Michelle Alexander

Biased, Jennifer L. Eberhardt

When They Call You A Terrorist, Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Redefining Realness, Janet Mock,

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde,

On The Other Side Of Freedom, Ta-Nehisi Coates,

Heavy, Kiese Laymon

So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Anita Heiss

Welcome To Country, Marcia Langton

Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

Kill The Messenger, Nakkiah Lui

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

Raising Our Hands, Jenna Arnold

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Citizen, Claudia Rankine

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Roasrio Morales

Women, Race, and Class, Angela Davis

Talking To My Country, Stan Grant

They Can’t Kill Us All, Wesley Lowery

The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Australia Day, Stan Grant

That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott

The Fethafoot Chronicles, John M Wenitong

Am I Black Enough For You?, Anita Heiss

Not Just Black And White, Lesley and Tammy Williams

Road Map For Revolutionaries, Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, Angela Davis

Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward

To Teach Your Children

Books:

Something Happened In Our Town, Dr. Marietta Collins

Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold

Alfie’s Search for Destiny, David Hardy

Saved!!!, Lydia Williams

Dream Big, Little One, Vashti Harrison

A is for Activist, Innosanta Nagara

Sulwe, Lupita Nyong’o

One Family, George Shannon

Let’s Talk About Race, Julius Leter

Beautiful, Stacy McAnulty

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy, Susan Verde

A Kids Book About Racism, Jelani Memory

Whose Toes Are Those?, Jabari Asim

Yes I Can: A Story Of Grit, Mari Schuh

Not Quite Snow White, Ashley Franklin

Let The Children March, Monica Clark-Robinson

My Hair Is A Garden, Cozbi A. Cabrera

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

My Country, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert, Jukuna Mona Chuguna

Marngrook, The Long Ago Story of Aussie Rules

Sister Heart, Morgan Sally

ABC Dreaming, Warren Brim

To Listen

To Watch

Films & Documentaries:

Reconciliation Film Club

In My Blood It Runs

Rabbit Proof Fence

Samson & Delilah

Mabo

Goldstone

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Sapphires

Where the Green Ants Dream

Radiance

Beneath Clouds

Sweet Country

Mystery Road

Spear

Toomelah

13th

American Son 

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Clemency

Fruitvale Station

I Am Not Your Negro

If Beale Street Could Talk

Just Mercy

King In The Wilderness

See You Yesterday

Blackkklansman

Selma

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The Hate U Give

Malcolm X

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

On Television:

Dear White People

When They See Us

Redfern Now

Cleverman

Who Killed Malcolm X

Seven Seconds

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

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Volume I of Creative Ecosystems and Funds that are doing the work to support Black people, especially Black queer, trans, and nonbinary folks, and Black women. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I’ll be making an updated version of this graphic every 2 weeks through July to show new adds.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Donate directly to the funds! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ What this moment cannot be is a momentary surge of white guilt translating to temporary care and funds to Black people. White people, how will you use your wealth and power to create strategic plans for societal reparations for Black folks? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ How can you put pressure on your workplaces, governments, etc, to pay reparations to Black folks? How can you make this your own person practice? How will you support not only organizations, but also local Black folks?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Do reparations make you feel a type of way? Go to google. Do not ask a Black queer woman to explain a concept that has been well researched by Black people across time.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ SUPPORT AND FOLLOW THESE ORGS AND FUNDS. They have been doing the WORK long before I made this graphic. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ You can view the full list of ecosystems & funds by clicking my bio link.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ If you’d like to submit your Creative Ecosystem or Fund, please hit my bio link and fill out the form. This list in no way encompasses all creative ecosystems, it needs to grow & it needs your help to do that work.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣Note 1. While I focused this post on reparations for Black folks, Indigenous folks also need to be included in conversations on land & monetary reparations. This is all a part of the larger convo on white people redistributing their power and wealth to the people they’ve stolen from. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Note 2. My repost guidelines are in my “repost” story highlight. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Note 3. I could only tag 20 max in this post, I’ve tagged all of orgs in my “blk ecosystems” highlight! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Note 4. Every listed org/fund is not solely run by or only supports Black people. Some of these organizations support NonBlack people as well, but they (1.) Show dedicated support to Black people, and also (2.) Have Black leaders on their core teams/boards.

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Good Morning 🌞 Just another quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. A day late but still lots to learn this week. • 1. Yes/But also known as “whataboutism” , is a variant of the “tu quoque” logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. (source: Zimmer, Ben. WSJ, 2017 ) . 2. White people, when referring to themselves, often put the word “white” in quotation marks. Over text it’s understood that these translate to air quotes. In the English language we take air quotes to denote sarcasm or irony. This is a form of delusion in which white people believe that they are a default and have no labeling while everything else indeed does — as it becomes convenient for them. . 3. She then, as expected, didn’t seem to find the need to put quotes around black people. . 4. The deep desire for white Americans to tokenize successful black people as a means to bury the realties of systemic racism and push ideologies of merit based achievement have been one of tools of this country since its inception. From the “happy slave” to “but look at Oprah and Obama” these efforts push to reinforce the “American Dream” to black Americans despite the structural economic and political barriers that exist in our racist society.Tokenism glorifies the exception in order to obscure the rules of the game of success in a capitalist society.” (Source: Dana L Cloud; “Rhetoric of Tokenism”) . 5. When the discussion of racial justice and/or critique of our racist system is punctured by bringing up the cases of Oprah or Obama note that its rarely ever followed by dynamic discussion about reproducing those success in this “new and shiny system we have”. It’s however a plea to “SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL SOMEONE LIKE YOU FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE” • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me and the over 2000 other curious humans over at my donation based monthly learning platform @thegreatunlearn. Link in my bio. • Happy Weekend Ya’ll! 🌿

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A People’s Orientation of a Regenerative Economy ends a Legacy of Exploitation, Ecocide and Environmental, Energy, Climate and Economic Injustice We are calling out for systemic change for an entirely different governance and legal framework that recognizes that Earth’s living systems are not the enslaved property of humans. Just as it is wrong for men to consider women property or one race to consider another race as property, it is wrong for humans to see nature as property; a concept that came from white Eurocentric settlers called dominion. This launch of A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy: Protect, Repair, Invest and Transform guides us collectively into a sustainable future, wherein Indigenous sovereignty and values are front and center. This is important because in order to visualize a better path forward, we must reconceptualize our framing away from the capitalistic systems that harm our Grandmother Earth, our Father Sky, our communities, our families, and our futures. A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy has 14 Planks entailing over 80 policy ideas. Leading the planks is Indigenous and Tribal Sovereignty, with other Planks incorporating Indigenous positions for action. Our Indigenous Principles of Just Transition is our platform for any US economic policy including Green New Deal, that will lead us into a Regenerative Economy, reorienting us away from the colonized frames that only replicate the problems we are seeking to solve. Over the last year, IEN and members have worked in coalition to create a policy framework that centers the visionary and powerful solutions of frontline communities who have faced the brunt of social and environmental injustices and climate change impacts. Any Green New Deal must center Indigenous nations and communities; in solidarity with Black, Brown, Yellow and poor white communities and labor for it to be effective. More info in our bio! #FrontlineGND #GreenNewDeal #PeoplesOrientation #RegenerativeEconomy #FeministEconomy #DefundPolice #BlackLivesMatter #IndigenousJustTransition #indigenoussovereignty

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