Happy Pride everyone!
Before I get into this post, I just want to remind people that Pride was a riot and it is thanks to Black trans women that we owe our rights (you can read more about STAR here, and watch a short film created by and starring trans woc called Happy Birthday, Marsha! here). We must unequivocally and actively support Black people, not only during these protests against police brutality and Black oppression, but at all times. We must always be sure to uplift Black queer people in our community.
With that in mind, please make sure to sign all the petitions on the Black Lives Matter caard here. It’s also collated bail funds for protesters and donations where you can give to victims – please donate if you can. It’s regularly updated, so be sure to check it daily.
The systemic racism and violence that Black people have faced and continue to face globally from the police (and all other institutions) is completely abhorrent. As many Black people have been saying, it isn’t enough to ‘not be racist’ (all white people are as we all benefit from a racist system that we have set up), white people need to be actively anti-racist.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of resources I’ve found from various Black people on Twitter that white people can get started with:
- Google Drive folder of essays and other texts written by Black activists and academics.
- Google Drive document on how to to support Black lives in the UK .
- Twitter thread on things that we can be doing in the UK (look through the replies for extra resources, too).
- Twitter thread of Black documentaries that “assist in understanding racism, prejudice, police brutality, and more.”
- Twitter thread on police brutality in the UK.
- Twitter thread of some non-fiction texts.
- Twitter thread – Say Their Name (UK) (with links).
Please also donate to Belly Mujinga’s GoFundMe if you can. Here’s a Twitter thread on things you can do to seek justice for her and her family.
There’s also a buddy read created by Shae from Books with Shae called the Blackout Buddy Read. The books for the buddy read are White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (which I’ve read) and White Rage by Carol Anderson (which I haven’t read, but have put a hold on at my library). Please make sure to support Shae, too – she’s a real light in this community and we should all be grateful that she is creating this space to help educate white people who want to learn more (which she absolutely does not have to do!!), so please take this opportunity to participate in this buddy read.
I’m making my way through these resources, alot of which are freely accessible, so please, if you’re white, make sure you are engaging. There are tons more resources that are being posted on Twitter every day, so please be sure to keep an eye out (and feel free to send me links, too). And if you’re going to any of the protests, I’m thinking of you and I hope that you stay as safe as you can.
Black Lives Matter.
With this TBR, I’m not going to go into detail for each book as I plan to read 18 books and I don’t want this post to be too ridiculously long. I’m planning to do a mini wrap-up every other week in June, so I will be able to tell you more about these books then – please follow the Goodreads links if you’d like more detail on rep/plots.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
The Black Veins by Ashia Monet
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Come Close by Sappho
Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
Burn by Patrick Ness
Back list: 13
New release (2020): 5
Audio book: 4
Graphic novel/comic/manga/picture book: 1
Novella/short book/anthology/poetry: 1
Full length print book: 11
Library book: 8
TBR book: 10
Owned book: 0
As well as these ‘official’ Pride TBR books, as I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I will be making my way through the resources I listed. These texts don’t have a month time limit, so I’ll just be reading them when I can. Some of the ones I have on my list first are: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch, White Rage by Carol Anderson, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley.
I’m hoping to read at least two a month, but texts like these will take time to read, digest and reflect upon, so I’ll update you as I complete each one.
So that’s it for this months’ TBR. Which books do you plan on reading?