Black Lives Matter: resources for the South Asian community

Updated: Aug 11

Over the past week or so the world has been reacting to the senseles murder of George Floyd and support for the Black Lives Matter movement has rightfully taken centre stage. However, it is vital that the support for this movement is not just contained online- we must step up and take the time to educate ourselves, take action and ensure we continue to keep this at the top of the agenda.


Within the South Asian community in particular, we have a duty to dismantle the idea of the model minority and tackle the anti-blackness which is deeply ingrained within our community. We have put together a list of resources to help you understand the issues better, as well as directing you to places you can donate and petitions you can sign.


Anti-blackness in South Asian community resources

Petitions to sign

UK specific petitions

Places to donate to


Act Blue Bail splits a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers.


The Bail project posts bail for people who can't afford it, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence – one person at a time.


The George Floyd Memorial Fund was created in order to raise money to cover funeral and burial expenses, to pay for counselling, to cover accommodation and travel expenses during court proceedings and to provide assistance for the family.


You can donate directly towards the Black Lives Matter movement (US).


Black Lives Matter UK (UKBLM) is a coalition of Black liberation organisers across the UK. The organisation has set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe, with a target of £500,000.


Belly Mujinga, a black railway worker, died after being spat at while working at Victoria station in London, by a man who claimed he had coronavirus. The British Transport Police recently confirmed that no further action is being taken in relation to her death. You can support the GoFundMe in her honour.


The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust aims to be a fitting legacy to Stephen’s memory by supporting young people to transform their lives by overcoming disadvantage and discrimination.


Runnymede is a registered charity and think tank that aims to “challenge race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate and policy engagement”.


Books


On anti-racism

  • Why I’m No Longer Speaking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge‎

  • The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Black stories

  • Queenie by Candice-Carty Williams

  • Such a fun age by Kiley Reid

  • Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo- winner of 2019 Booker Prize

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Anything by Roxanne Gay

  • Anything by Toni Morrison


Instagram accounts to follow


@southasians4blacklives

@blklivesmatter

@theconsciouskid

@naacp

@weareyourvoice

@blackwomenradicals

@justseeds

@munroebergdorf

@kelechnekoff


Film & TV


13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

Explained – The Racial Wealth Gap (Season 1, Episode 3) – Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent

King In The Wilderness — HBO

See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Podcasts


About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

New York Times: 1619

Race Forward: Momentum podcast

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Pod For The Cause

Crooked Media: Pod Save the People

Scene on Radio: Seeing White


This is in no way an exhaustive list of resources, but we will continue to share new resources to our instagram page so please follow for updates.

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