No matter who you are, what your background is, everything you think you already know, you are still far away from seeing the full picture. With many crimes crimes and injustices happening everyday the list is endless throughout history. You can educate yourself about police cases today with a range of petitions currently set up to help people who have been wrongly sentenced for crimes they did not commit.
Films and Documentaries to educate yourself
Although there is a range of amazing books on offer to educate yourself further about the history or the issues regarding race. This is why I wanted to create a blog post dedicated to spreading awareness about what educational resources you can use to learn more. So firstly I will talk about documentaries on the popular streaming service Netflix. I’m aware Netflix has helped others like me during lockdown binging new shows and reliving your favourite ones from the past. Netflix also has wide collection of incredible documentaries and films that covers some of the biggest historic events that have taken place. So I wanted to shine a light on some really interesting Netflix series you can watch to educate yourself with the history of black people and racial discrimination as a whole.
As the image above shows there is a range of films on Netflix available which I recommend you watching in your free time to educate yourself on the Black Lives Matter movement. Now I will attach a link to a thread created on Twitter (just click the tweet to expand) by @Starkdanys who recommends some amazing Black Lives Matters documentaries to watch.
If you are somebody who enjoys reading through history rather than watching it I will attach a Google document full of books written for Black History Month. With a range of different authors and books to choose from this document covers a variety of important themes in which you can educate yourself further.
There is so many resources you can use to further educate yourself further on this topic. Black Lives matters have an educate yourself part part of their website where they include a variety of different resources available to improve your knowledge.
Lastly I will attach links to more educational resources I have found in which you can read more, learn more and educate yourself.
- Stop sharing videos of Black people being murdered. “Seeing all sides” doesn’t mean watching someone else’s murder. Believe Black people. It’s gratuitous and exploitative.
- Anti-racism resources
- Learn about Black history and activism
- Books by Black Activists
- Black History Month Library
- Black Revolutionary Texts
- Books: how to be actively antiracist
- Book rec: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- Twitter thread: documentaries
- Learn about unconscious bias
- Twitter thread of mental health resources for Black people
- Twitter thread on why protesters attacked Target in MN
- Being Black and LGBTQ
- Twitter thread of documentaries
- Open Yale course – African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
- ALEC Exposed
- MPLS Protests
- JACOB PEDERSON of the St. Paul PD is widely believed to have been the undercover cop vandalizing stores and starting fires during protests.
- Report: What Does it Take to Embed a Racial Equity & Inclusion Lens?
- Twitter thread of misinformation
- Twitter thread: “how can i help from the uk?”
- Macpherson report
- Legislation that has been proposed/passed to address police brutality
- Justice in June
- Alternatives for policing
- Twitter thread: “Hi everybody. I was arrested at the protests in Richmond last night (or rather after). I wanted to share my experience + shed some light on what the police are doing”
I hope these suggestions will help you learn more about the justice we are fighting for as we continue supporting the incredible work of Black Lives Matters.