5 of the most important anti-racist books and films
It has been a year since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin sparked global outrage and masses of people took to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Chauvin has now been convicted of murder and awaits conviction, but that doesn’t mean the fight against racial inequality is over.
With several other high-profile cases of unarmed blacks killed by police in the United States this year and the racist online abuse of footballers making headlines recently, it’s clear there is still a long way to go. .
Political activist Angela Davis wrote: “In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist, we have to be anti-racist.” If you’re looking for ways to educate yourself or become a better ally, try these powerful books and movies.
1. Do better: spiritual activism to fight and heal white supremacy
In her latest book, activist and author Rachel Ricketts lays out a plan to become anti-racist. Recognizing that it won’t (and shouldn’t) be easy, the racial justice educator offers readers practical advice as well as “ secular spiritual ” exercises such as meditation and journaling to help them identify issues. harmful behaviors and to heal past experiences.
2. Just mercy
Starring Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx, this moving legal drama is based on the memoir of lawyer Bryan Stevenson. In 1989, Stevenson helped death row inmate Walter McMillian – a black man convicted of murdering a white woman on the basis of questionable evidence – to appeal his conviction. Praised for shining a light on real-life injustice through powerful dramatic performances, the film, released in 2019, won numerous awards and nominations.
3. How to be an anti-racist
American scholar and author Ibram X Kendi wrote this premonitory book in 2019 before the Black Lives Matter movement really took off. In it, he recounts experiences of racism throughout his life and places them in a larger context, arguing that being anti-racist is not just a choice you can make and then forget. It takes continuous effort to ensure that your actions and words follow your intention.
4. If Beale Street Could Talk
After the huge success of Moonlight, award-winning director Barry Jenkins chose to adapt a novel by James Baldwin, an author known for addressing themes of racial injustice. If Beale Street Could Talk is a romantic drama starring Regina King as a woman who tries to prove her lover’s innocence after being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. King won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in an impressive ensemble.
5. Hood’s Feminism: Notes of Women Forgotten by a Movement
Mikki Kendall’s collection of essays puts the modern feminist movement under the microscope, arguing that the fight for gender equality has, in many ways, neglected women of color. Urging readers to verify their privilege, Kendall approaches intersectionality in a smart and thought-provoking way.