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Written by Piraveena Surendran, a Media Production student and Digital Media Guru.

Resources to help you become an anti-racist ally to Black people

Atrocities committed against Black people have caught huge global attention in recent weeks and months, forcing people to question their perceptions of racism and discrimination in society. Many of us have come to realise that the history we are taught has failed to oppose systemic and everyday racism. To combat this, we must take it upon ourselves to become educated on the realities that Black people face.

We need to speak up and become better allies. As an undergraduate student, I’ve learnt that in order to become anti-racist allies we must challenge ourselves, our behaviours and the behaviours of those we see around us. We need to educate ourselves – on our own privilege, and on issues we may not even know others are facing.

Driving, walking down the street, getting the train or the bus, smoking, shopping, riding a bike, wearing a hoodie in the cold, holding a phone, playing with a water pistol, lying on the ground, starting a new job or even going to a club. These are all actions that any person might take. Yet through centuries of racial slurs, patronising looks, implicit biases, colourism, open discrimination, microaggressions and overall systemic racism, Black people have become subject to barbaric and criminalised stereotypes, forcing them to think twice about their actions in their daily lives.

We must work together to break down these views and focus on bringing about equality and justice. Many minority groups are still sadly mistreated. However, now is a time where we should focus on collectively dismantling the centuries of institutionalised oppression against Black people. All injustices do not have the same weighting, and generalising the struggles of each race is ineffective. Being an Asian student, I may never truly understand the realities of racism that Black students face because the stereotypes and prejudices that we each individually face are different. Although, like many other students, I am willing to educate myself and stay informed as much as I can on this issue so that we can ensure the Black community are not forgotten and feel supported.

It’s okay to be nervous about not feeling educated enough or being part of conversations that are new to you. But educating ourselves and having uncomfortable conversations can help to challenge racism that has been built into society over generations. If, like me, you want to become a better ally but just don’t know where to start, I’ve put together some resources that I hope you find useful. If there is anything you find that could be of use to others, please share your recommendations by tagging or messaging @SussexUni on social media.

There are steps we can all take. Sign online petitions against this global injustice. Donate to causes if you can. Educate yourself and those around you about the realities that Black people experience. My round-up covers only a handful of resources, so do look beyond it and continue your education. Doing all of this can help us as a society to acknowledge mistakes, begin to change for the better and ultimately learn that we should always be unapologetically anti-racist.

Films and series (UK Netflix)

Other series and videos

Articles

Books – all available through the University of Sussex Library

Other books – links to ebooks where available

Podcasts

Educational Instagram accounts

Mental health resources for black people

Sussex students looking for advice and support can contact the Student Life Centre, which is currently offering a remote service.

Some organisations and charities working to combat racism

If you can’t afford to donate to charity, there are other ways you can help. You could visit streams with Black-created art and music on Instagram and YouTube, where the video revenue will be donated to organisations working to help fight racial injustice.

Thank you for reading.

Piraveena Surendran is a Media Production student at Sussex and a Digital Media Guru.