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Anti-Racism – Resources and Support

CILIPS supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement and is firmly anti-racist. We recognise the need to educate ourselves as well as to raise greater awareness in our networks and communities. In order to do this, we have gathered some links and resources from Scotland and beyond together on this page. This is not an exhaustive list and we want to learn from others and update this as needed as we realise this requires ongoing action. If you would like us to add anything please email admin@cilips.org.uk.

Organisations

The below organisations are working to fight racism, to challenge racist structures, and to support BAME communities. Most of the websites provide useful information and educational resources which you can read to better your understanding of racial injustice, racism, white privilege, and how to be an effective ally. You can support these organisations in numerous ways including donating money or resources, volunteering, or even just learning more about their work and talking about this with others.

Scottish organisations:

  • Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER): Glasgow based racial equality charity promoting racial justice in Scotland
  • Scottish Refugee Council: Scottish charity which supports refugees and helps people to navigate the complex UK asylum system and to settle into life in Scotland
  • BEMIS: Scottish body which supports the Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector and aims to address inequality and to build a more inclusive society
  • Refuweegee: A charity dedicated to giving those arriving in Scotland a warm welcome
  • Saheliya: A mental health and well-being organisation who works with BAME women in Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • The Anti-Racist Educator: A collective of educational stakeholders based in Scotland who are working to build a more equitable education system that is free from racial injustice and which is critically engaged with issues of power, identity, and privilege.

UK organisations:

  • Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust: Charity set up following the racists attack and murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. It works with 13-30 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them succeed, aiming to create a fairer society
  • Show Racism the Red Card: An anti-racism educational charity which utilises football and football players to tackle racism in sport and wider society, providing anti-racism workshops in schools, workplaces, and football stadiums
  • Stand Up to Racism: An organisation with local groups throughout the UK
  • Black Cultural Archives: national heritage centre dedicated to collecting and preserving the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain
  • Runnymede: An independent race equality think tank which challenges race inequality through research, debate and policy engagement
  • Black Minds Matter: Non-profit that empowers 13-25-year-olds to make the improvements they want to see and to create a more equal society
  • Stop Hate UK: A national organisation that challenges all forms of Hate Crime and harassment including those to do with race, sexuality and gender identity, among others
  • UK Black Pride: Celebrates LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent

International organisations:

Reading

If you would like to understand racism, white privilege, and other racial issues better or if you are keen to develop a reading list for library users around these topics, the following books could be a good place to start.

Books we have read that have helped us understand these issues better:

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Kindred – Octavia Butler
  • Ain’t I a Woman: black women and feminism – bell hooks
  • Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala

Books we have seen widely recommended by others:

  • Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  – Michelle Alexander
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Possessive Investment in Whiteness – George Lipsitz
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

In addition to reading books that tackle these issues, it is also important to support BAME writers. You can do this by simply diversifying your own reading and ensuring that you are reading books from a wide variety of authors. Readers of Colour have written this blog where they share books by people of colour which they have enjoyed.

Please get in touch if you have any books you would like to see included in the above list.

Other useful links

You can find a comprehensive list of anti-racism resources here and a list of useful resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement here.

If you are a white person, read about how you can be a stronger ally here.

Join the CILIP BAME Network to support and connect with BAME library and information professionals here. The BAME Network has issued this statement in response to the death of George Floyd.

Visit The Anti-Racist Educator’s Glossary to gain a better understanding of the language surrounding these issues.

Libraries Connected are running a series of webinars in August and September 2020 focusing on how to promote knowledge and education about Britain’s racial history and how to explore our past through local collections and more. View recordings here.

Lewis Hou (Fun Palaces Scotland, Science Ceilidh, SLIC) and Mélina (The Anti-Racist Educator) held a live discussion on Support Anti-Racism. This looked at how we can actively acknowledge, educate on, and dismantle racism across education and culture in Scotland. You can find the video on the Culture & Wellbeing Community Network Scotland Facebook page.

The University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work programme has developed a really useful Diversity Toolkit that can be used to help facilitate discussions. See The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege here. Many thanks to Sam Keller for highlighting this resource to us.

Read a helpful blog on decolonising library resources here.

Follow LIS-DECOLONISE on JISCMail to be part of important conversations around decolonisation and liberation of library collections. Decolonisation of curricula and collections is not about ‘throwing out’ work by white authors but rather thinking critically in relation to what narratives are most common, questioning who has held power and space, and introducing and amplifying work by a diverse collection of writers and researchers to ensure all perspectives are heard.

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