Being An Ally: Learn from these Books, Podcasts and Documentaries by Black Creators

Resources May 21, 2020

To make the world a better place, we have to understand the social issues that exist. But to do that, we have to learn about experiences, perspectives, and intersections that are different from our own.  It can be emotionally and physically draining for marginalized people to deal with the burden of living through oppression, and then delivering their life experience as education for everyone else to learn from. There needs to be less reliance on people who experience oppression - that are known to us personally or who we follow on social media - for emotional support, labour, or education. Instead, find resources that oppressed people are publicly putting out there, and learn from those.

As everyone learns in different ways, and some people may experience accessibility barriers to certain methods of learning, the list of resources below is diversified into Books, Podcasts, and Documentaries, that each voice the stories and experiences of Black people.

REMEMBER, it's easy to feel enlightened to white supremacy, racism and other forms of oppression, from learning and listening to marginalized voices. However, it takes further action to be an ally. We have to act to be against marginalization. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Read these 8 ways to be an ally for people of colour.

Books by Black authors about racism, oppression, white supremacy and experiencing the world as a black person.

Podcasts that are hosted by Black creators

  • About Race -  From Reni Eddo-Lodge, this podcast digs deeper into conversations about race, featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism.
  • Good Ancestor - Conversations with change-makers and culture-shapers, covering an array of topics from fast fashion to healing to motherhood.
  • No White Saviors - Deep dives into important topics, with guests sharing their own unique perspectives from the African continent & all over the world.
  • The Nod - A gleeful exploration of all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.

Documentaries that identify racism and systemic oppression or amplify the stories of black people.

  • 13th - Insight to how the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” relates to mass criminalization of people of colour, in particular black men.
  • Dark Girls - An emotional and heartfelt documentary examining why skin-colour bias persists among people of African descent, and how it affects the lives of women on the receiving end.
  • Flint's Deadly Water - An investigation into how a public health disaster, that’s become known for the lead poisoning of thousands of children, also spawned one of the largest outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in U.S. history.
  • Generation Revolution - Through the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, this documentary explores the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face.
  • Injustice Anywhere - Filmmaker Aziza Binti documents an understanding that racism is indeed everyone's issue.
  • Resist -  This docu-series explores grassroots efforts and gives a first-hand look behind the scenes of  powerful activism in action, that challenges the status quo.
  • Stay Woke: Black Lives Matter - Film-maker Laurens Grant chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first-person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists, and celebrities.
  • Urban Roots - The story of the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in the city of Detroit, a once-industrial powerhouse whose community suffered due to the collapse of manufacturing.

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