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Posted on June 05, 2020 by Neide   Press

The world took a turn the day George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, in the United States. No more would we accept police violence against black people. Black Lives Matter, and for white people that means educating ourselves on the black community and their history. You can do it by watching documentaries, television series, listening to podcasts, and by reading books. It’s not a secret that Emma Watson is a bookworm, having her own book club. As Emma posts on her Instagram account many ways we can help – through petitions, donations, supporting businesses owned by black people, she also shares how we can educate ourselves, become better allies and help on the fight against racism. Vogue UK has published an article, taken from Emma’s book recommendations post, with information on each of the books mentioned. You can learn about them below.

In a bid to encourage people to educate themselves about systemic racism, Emma Watson has shared her current reading list on Instagram. After acknowledging the ways in which she, as a white person, has benefited from white supremacy in an earlier statement on social media, the actor encouraged her 57 million followers to join her in picking up books by authors including Ta-Nehisi Coates and David Olusoga.

“Self-education is an essential part of any anti-racist journey, and reading has always been a huge part of my personal learning,” Watson wrote, along side a painting by Natalie Lauren Sims. “In 2016, I started @oursharedshelf, a bookclub to create conversations around intersectionality, feminism and equal rights and to profile feminist writers,” she continued. “Many of the writers and books we featured over the years are relevant to anyone wanting to understand that the struggle for racial justice has been a long one, that ALL Black Lives Matter and women’s voices are a vital part of any movement for change. Alice Walker, Bell Hooks, Maya Angelou, Roxane Gay, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Angie Thomas, Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper, and Toni Morrison are just some of the authors we featured and which I urge you to check out if you haven’t already.⁣”

More recently, Watson has been working her way through multiple reads by people of colour. “I hope you’ll pick these up and read along with me,” she wrote.

Here, British Vogue takes a closer look at her educational reading list.

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon⁣
Published in 1961 by psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth made him the leading anti-colonialist thinker of the 20th Century. Writing about the trauma of colonisation, Fanon’s text inspired anti-colonial movements thanks to its analysis of race, violence, class and culture in a fight for freedom.

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Published in 2018, ⁣Coates’s book is essential reading in understanding race in America today. We Were Eight Years in Power looks at Barack Obama’s presidency and Trump’s thereafter, by delving into the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of white supremacy.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire⁣
Published in 1955, Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire inspired a generation of activists fighting for liberation. In the text, Césaire describes the harsh impact of both capitalism and colonialism.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor⁣
Published in 2016, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor⁣ delves into how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked a new wave of activists. Taylor⁣’s analysis looks at unemployment within the black community and increased police violence.
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga⁣⁣ looks at the longstanding history between Britain and the people of Africa and the Caribbean in Black and British: A Forgotten History.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo ⁣
Published earlier this year, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo follows the different lives of 12 women. All young, black and British, it paints a picture of contemporary life in the UK.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates⁣
Published in 2016, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates⁣ is educational in helping to understand race. Moving from a personal narrative to a reimagined history, it’s intimate and remarkable.

White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal ⁣
Published in 2018, White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal ⁣explores the impact of race on multiple issues in our world today, from inequality to difference in society.

I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi ⁣
Written as a memoir of essays, I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi (a Nigerian-American immigrant) explores her own mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety.

The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain by Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie, & Suzanne Scafe, Lola Okolosie
First published in 1985, The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain reclaims black women’s rightful place in Britain’s history. Long excluded from the narrative, it documents their experiences with work, education and political struggles.

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla and others ⁣
Published in 2016, The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla and others brings together 21 black, Asian and ethnic minority voices in the UK today. Delving into what it means to be an immigrant in modern Britain, it makes for a compelling (and educational) read.

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