Tools to begin your journey towards anti-racism
Now and forever, Oxfam has a profound responsibility not only to stand against institutionalised and systemic racism in society, but to work harder to become a better ally of the Black Lives Matter movement and global network.
Without tackling systemic racism around the world, we cannot end global poverty.
There is still much we have to do.
We understand that racism is structural, created and sustained by white power and privilege to oppress, dehumanise and exploit Black and non-Black people of colour. It is for this reason that we acknowledge that reverse racism cannot exist. This oppression remains prevalent in Britain, in the USA and around the world.
As an international charity focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, spanning almost 80 years, we recognise and confront that our work has its legacy in the UK’s colonial and racist past. We also recognise the bravery that Oxfam has shown in the past on these issues - including our 1980s apartheid stance, which led to Oxfam being censured by the UK charity commission for being too political.
We are committed not only to fight against racism, but to being an actively anti-racist organisation
Starting with our internal culture. This requires dismantling structures that institutionalise white power and privilege. And calling out racist culture and practices. We are working to be an ally of the anti-racism movements, so we are encouraging our staff and supporters to take this journey - of unlearning what we know and re-educating ourselves on what it means to be anti-racist, because we know that it is not sufficient to be non-racist.
As we recognise the urgency and importance of amplifying voices of Black Activists and Organisations, below are a few recommendations of important books, films, documentaries and podcasts that are a start to the process of becoming anti-racist.
Oxfam is built on the power of people. Including the power of people to make systemic change.
We stand in full solidarity with the Black community - because enough is enough. We demand justice, accountability and action to end the institutionalised racism that persists against Black people in the UK, the USA and around the world.
We loudly affirm that, Black Lives Matter.
After doing research and communicating with Black and non-Black people of colour, we understand that the following resources are critical to anti-racist work. This list is by no means exhaustive, but a work-in-progress, as we recognise that to be truly anti-racist is a long-term commitment.
Resources for dismantling racism
- Dear Silent Ally by Oxfam staff member Sagal Ali
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Natives by Akala
- The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain by Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Antagonists, Advocates and Allies by Catrice M Jackson
- Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
- Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
- Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
- The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
- There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
- A Different Hunger: Writings on Black Resistance by A. Sivanadan
- Staying Power by Peter Fryer
- All About Love by bell hooks
- Assata by Assata Shakur
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
- How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney
- The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
- Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
(If you can support local bookshops, please do!)
More In-depth reading
- A list of Black revolutionary readings
- #BlackLivesMatter resources
- Black Racial Justice and Community Organisations
- The UK is Not Innocent
- Black History Month Library
- Black Lives Matter UK
- Black Minds Matter UK
- Exist Loudly
- I Run with Maud
- The Runnymede Trust
- Southall Black Sisters
- Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI)
- Black Visions Collective
- Operation Black Vote
- Black Protest Legal Support
- Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for George Floyd
- Justice for Belly Mujinga
- Battle racism by updating GCSE reading lists
- Teach British children about the realities of British Imperialism and Colonialism
- Black and British: A Forgotten History – BBC
- Windrush – BBC
- 13th – Netflix
- Dear White People - Netflix
- When They See Us – Netflix
- The Hate You Give – Hulu
- gal-dem presents: Black British History – YouTube - become a gal-dem member!
- Life and Debt – Stephanie Black
- Intersectionality Matters
- Say Your Mind
- About Race
- Code Switch
- '1619' (part of the New York Times' 1619 Project, created by by Nikole Hannah-Jones)
- Pod Save the People
- The Diversity Gap
- Bound for Justice
- Dear White Women
- Atlanta Monster
- Seeing White
- Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
- Charity so white
- #BlackLivesMatterUK - @blmuk
- Runnymede - @runnymedetrust
- Stop Hate UK
- Southall Black Sisters
- Show Racism the Red Card
- Blueprint For All
- SARI: Stand Against Racism and Inequality
- Institute of Race Relations
- StopWatch UK
- Operation Black Vote
Organisations and legal services against police brutality in the UK
Hear activists. And, if you can, pay them for their work
If you are white, please note that you are a guest in these spaces - only talk when invited to.
Rachel Cargle - @rachel.cargle
Rachel Ricketts - @IAmRachelRicketts
Munroe Bergdorf - @MunroeBergdorf
Layla F Saad - @LaylaFSaad
Reni Eddo-Lodge - @Renieddolodge
gal-dem - @galdemzine
Kelechi Okafor - @kelechnekoff
Bolu Babalola - @BeeBabs
Liv Little - @livlittle
Tanya Compas - @TanyaCompas
Chanté Joseph – ChantayyJayy
Kimberle Crenshaw - @sandylocks