Racism has not come back, it has never gone away.
Today, we don't want you to just read one of our articles. Today we are asking white readers in particular to educate themselves on racism and anti-racism. We challenge you to learn: today, tomorrow and for the rest of your lives. We need to stand up for each other!
In the past few days and weeks, there has been intense talk in both traditional media and social media about the deaths of several black people. Although at the moment it is mainly about events in the USA, we should not forget that there are also racist ideas and structures in the German social system that we are not always aware of and support through ignorance. White supremacy, everyday racism, tokenism, white fragility, blackfishing and many more are old phenomena that have only recently been named. As white people, we have an obligation to our fellow POC to address this issue and educate ourselves to create a future that is livable for everyone. However, we cannot expect black people and activists to be our personal teachers. Please use the materials listed below, do your own research and talk to your fellow white people!
The list is arbitrary and does not indicate importance.
Exit Racism, Tupoka Ogette (auch auf Spotify)
Was Weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen aber wissen sollten, Alice Hasters (auch auf Spotify)
Deutschland Schwarz Weiss, Noah Sow
Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum, Fatma Aydemir, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah (Hrsg.)
Why I no longer talk to White People about Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
Zwischen mir und der Welt, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Hate you give, Angie Thomas
So you want to talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo
How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Der unsichtbare Mann, Ralph Ellison
Wer die Nachtigall stört…, Harper Lee
When They See Us, Ava Duvernay (Netflix)
Der 13., Ava Duvernay (Netflix)
Hello, Privilege. It’s me, Chelsea., Chelsea Handler (Netflix)
Dear White People, Justin Simien (Netflix)
I am not your Negro, Raoul Peck (Netflix)
Der Rassist in uns, ZDFneo, Soziales Experiment (Youtube)
Blue eyed, Jane Elliott & Betram Verhaag
Numerous other feature films, such as Mississippi Burning, can be found on various streaming platforms. Short documentaries and videos on the subject can also be found on YouTube.
Many Instagram accounts are not mentally or organisationally prepared for the large number of new followers which they have gained lately. In many cases, it can help the person behind such an account if they don't get hundreds of private messages. Please try to minimise your interaction in this sense. Most questions can be answered by Google.
If you know of any other books, films, social media accounts or educational opportunities, please get in touch so we can provide as comprehensive a listing of further education materials as possible.