Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

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To make locating the most up-to-date resources surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement a little easier, we've created this page so that everything can be found in one place.

The resources featured below may not be for everyone and are just a small sample of what is available online, however we have chosen such resources to act as a starting point for further personal research and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

We have recently added extra resources to our page on articles and videos, and we have also added in two new sections: Charities and Petitions, and Social Media. Over the next few weeks we will also be putting together our digital campaign for Black History Month (coming this October), which will be featured across all of our social media platforms and added as an extra section on this page soon.

As a College we are dedicated to continuous growth and education, and we hope to encourage everyone within our College community to join us in eliminating racism. 

 

Black Lives Matter Statement

Here at HoW College we pride ourselves on our vision to inspire, innovate and advance. We want to lead by example, equip our community to deal with anything life may throw at them, and provide every person with an equal opportunity. We strive to place our equality, inclusivity and diversity objectives at the centre of our progression and actively and continuously work towards being the best we can be.

As a College, we have been shocked and deeply unsettled by the recent events regarding acts of racism across the world. We acknowledge and accept that these are not new issues within our world, but rather they have simply been brought into the spotlight. We also acknowledge and accept that this is not merely an issue or responsibility of just one country, but rather a global fight against racism and inequality. We believe that it is up to each of us to help make change happen.

At HoW College we have always and will always continue to enforce our Equality and Diversity training within our staff, and the same ethos within our students. We accept that we cannot expect our students to know how or when to stand up and face adversity if we do not lead by example and educate them on how to do so. We encourage everyone to be brave, strong and undeterred in the battle against racism, inequality and discrimination, and we have been working on some resources to help.

Our teams have been creating this web page which we encourage everyone within our community to take the time to read. Below, you will find resources to help understand the varying forms of racism, discrimination and inequality, how to identify and tackle such matters, and we have also taken the time to include details that can signpost individuals to support within the College, as well as support outside of College.

We are actively looking into ways in which we can improve our own staff training as well as working with our Student Experience teams to help deliver mandatory Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity training to all students from the next academic year.

We pride ourselves on our key values of integrity, trust, inclusivity and partnership, and we are committed to continuous education and growth towards the matters at hand to enable us to be a safe, strong and supportive college.

We support the Black Lives Matter movement and we are committed to our progression as a College to do better.

 

SHRINK

To try and help our staff, students and the wider community tackle racism, we came up with 'SHRINK'. We hope that the following steps can help give individuals a starting point for approaching racism when it appears.

Whether you SEE racism or HEAR racism taking place, make sure you REASSURE the targeted individual(s) that you are there and support them. IDENTIFY who is best to contact (e.g. a teacher, parent, colleague, the police) and NOTIFY them as soon as possible. Finally, be KIND and see if you can do anything else to help.

Together we can help SHRINK racism

 

Useful resources

Below we have selected a variety of resources to help educate and support people with their fight against racism. We have chosen various formats of information to suit all audiences; from articles, books and podcasts, to videos and support resources.

Some of the resources listed may not be for everyone; however, we have attempted to get a wide representation of several perspectives to allow people to encounter different approaches to the subject of racism. We actively encourage each individual to do their own research into the matters at hand, and view the resources below as more of a starting point. 

Books

We have included links below to a variety of books that can be found on Amazon; however such books can also be found on an array of other websites and in audio format.(We encourage everyone to read descriptions and reviews before purchasing).

 

- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

- I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite

- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad

- Race Matters by Cornel West

- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

 

Podcasts

The below podcast are accessible by internet browser, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and many more platforms; there are free options for all of the below podcasts as well as access via paid platforms. (We encourage everyone to read descriptions carefully before subscribing to any platforms and to read all podcast descriptions first to ensure you understand what content you may come across).

- Code: Switch NPR -“Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.”

- Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.

- Intersectionality Matters! - About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge

- A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from Project Love

- Life in Lockdown Series - Anti-Racism and Lessons from lockdown with Vicky & Selina from Project Love

 

Video Resources

There are many video resources available on many different platforms. We understand that not everyone can afford to purchase memberships with some of the sites mentioned below; as a result we have not attached links to platforms that require subscriptions, but rather simply suggested them for those who do have the means to access them. You can find direct links below to platforms which are free.(We encourage everyone to read descriptions before watching any video resources to ensure that they are fully aware of what they may encounter).

 

- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (Youtube) - Short video interviews with Emmanuel Acho (Full series)

- Black Voices (Youtube) - A series of short stories surrounding the racism encountered by Black people in the UK

- Black Lives Matter Explained: The History of a Movement (Youtube) - Short documentary by 4News as part of their explainer series

- What happens when I try to talk race with white people (YouTube) – Insightful short video ft Renni Eddo-Lodge (author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race)

- White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control by Jaelyn Coates (TED Talk on Youtube)

- Let’s get to the root of racial injustice by Megan Ming Francis (TED Talk on Youtube)

- Not all Superheros wear capes - how you have the power to change the world by Nova Reid (TED Talk on Youtube)

 

Other Platforms:

- Dear White People (Netflix - Series) - Satirical comedy-drama that depicts cultural bias, social injustice and racial inequalities experienced by a group of University students

- Who Killed Malcom X? (Netflix - Series) - Documentary looking into the murder of American Muslim minister and Human Rights Activist, Malcom X

- I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Documentary) – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.”

- When They See Us (Netflix - Film) – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story”

- The Hate U Give (Hulu - Film) - A movie that sheds light on police brutality and racism

 

Support Resources

If you are in need of support then we want to help. Below you will find some external resources as well as a reminder of resources available within the College.

 

- For those within the black community who need mental health support, Black Minds Matter is a UK organisation; just visit the following website for more information: www.blackmindsmatteruk.com

- Another brilliant mental health resource is Mind UK; this is a point of support for all communities of people of any ethnicity. For more information, visit: www.mind.org.uk

 

Our dedicated Welfare teams are here for any student who needs extra support. Our teams provide a confidential single point of access for any student experiencing difficulties or concerns relating to their general health, well-being and mental health issues. As well as one-to-one welfare support, students can also access information on local services, advice and support groups.

Please use the contact details below to get in touch:

Worcester & Malvern Support team: welfarew&m@howcollege.ac.uk

Redditch & Bromsgrove Support team: welfarer&b@howcollege.ac.uk

 

We would also like to take the time to remind our staff that we are here to offer support whenever it is needed. We encourage everyone to approach their Line Managers, CRQ Directors or a member of HR for extra support whenever required and we will give our utmost care and efforts to help, be that directly or via external resources.

 

Charities and Petitions

Below, you will find a number of charitable organisations and petitions for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. On the websites listed you can find numerous ways to get involved and offer support without having to donate money, and you can also find ways in which you can make donations should you feel compelled to do so.

(We encourage everyone to take the time to identify how any monetary donations may be used by the given charities, and we encourage those under the age of 18 to seek the bill payers permission/advice from a guardian prior to making any donations).

 

Charities:

- Black Thrive is a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary and private sectors, who work together to reduce inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. To learn more about their work, projects and to get involved, click here.

- Stand Up To Racism UK is an organisation which can provide links to local groups, resources, videos and events with an aim to tackle racism within the UK. For more information, click here.

- Campaign Zero is a US based charity that works to end police violence in america; for more information, click here.

 

Petitions:

(PLEASE NOTE: Many petition websites allow individuals to sign a petition for free but will ask for a voluntary donation. Please ensure that should you feel compelled to donate, you research where your donation may be used. Some organisations utilise donations for general advertisement of petitions, NOT as a contribution to a charity, specific case or specific individual. For this reason, we advise everyone to fully research platforms in advance and make any donations through registered charities and pages).

- Justice for Belly Mujinga

- Justice for Shukri Abdi

- Justice for Elijah McClain

- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

- Justice for Breonna Taylor

- Justice for George Floyd

Social Media

In this section you can find a list of organisations and people to follow on social media with the latest information surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement. (We encourage everyone to read descriptions and social media bios carefully when following said pages, to ensure that they are fully aware of the content they may encounter).

- Entry Level Activist, an Instagram account that helps explain activist language and make it more accessible to all audiences.

- Gal-dem, a Twitter account for an online award winning publication that focuses on sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour (POC).

- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a Twitter account dedicated to the EJI organisation who are focused on ending mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality.

- We the Urban, an Instagram account dedicated to celebrating inclusivity, self-love and marginalised voices. 

- Munroe Bergdorf, an Instagram account for Munroe, an English transgender model and activist.

- INQUEST, a Twitter account for INQUEST org, who offer specialist support for those facing bereavement following a state related death, with the aim to achieve change in policy, legislation and practice. 

- renieddolodge, an Instagram account for Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of 'Why I'm no Longer Talking to White People About Race'.

- iamrachelricketts, an Instagram account for Rachel Ricketts, a queer, black, female racial justice activist and author.