Books and movies to Educate You on Racism & Black oppression

Since everything with George Floyd happened, I’ve been trying to educate myself more on racism and black oppression. Which is why, today, I want to share books, tv shows and documentaries that you can watch to educate yourself on everything to do with race. Some of it fiction, some of it non-fiction. They are all equally important.

I have not seen/read all of these but I am planning to. If you have any other recommendations, please share them in the comments.

Fiction

The Hate U Give – a young black girl sees her best friend get shot and has to deal with the aftermath.

Dear Martin – about a black student under attack in the media after he and his friend anger a white off-duty cop who starts shooting.

On the Come Up – a young black girl wants to be a rapper, and her first video goes viral. For all the wrong reasons.

The Bluest Eye –  a young black girl struggles with the body she has and wishes for the blonde hair and blue eyes that she thinks will help her fit in

Noughts and Crosses

Non-fiction

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – a history of racism in the UK

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Me and White Supremacy – learn to recognise your privilege

How to be an anti-racist

White fragility – why white people don’t like talking about racism

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

How We Fight For Our Lives

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Documentaries

13th – the 13th amendment in America prohibits slavery, “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”. This loophole has consistently been used as a way to maintain racial hierarchy since the civil war.

Injustice – this documentary focuses on the struggles for justice by the families of people who have died in police custody.

Explained: The Racial Wealthgap – only 16 minutes long, first season of Explained. This episode looks into how slavery, housing discrimination and systemic inequality can cause a racial wealth gap.

Blacks Brittanica (1978) – examines racism through the lens of black, working-class Brits and includes interviews with several black activists. Used to be censored in the US and banned in the UK.

Films and tv-series

Just Mercy – based on the true story of a lawyer and social justice activist on death row

When They See Us – five young Black men falsely accused and prosecuted for the sexual assault of a white woman (based on a true story).

The Hate U Give – same story as the book, just as impactful.

12 Years a Slave – based on Solomon Northup’s memoirs of being born a free man then sold into slavery in 1841

Dear White People – follows a group of students of colour at a (mostly) white Ivy League school. They face and deal with cultural biases, injustice, activism and politics.

Seven seconds – a series about the death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City that sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker – learn about the life of America’s first female self-made millionaire who overcame hostility, including post-slavery racial biases, to revolutionise black haircare, and bring about social change.

The Sun is Also A Star – a love story that also depicts the struggle immigrants face in an often hostile environment.

Blindspotting – Ex-convict Colin wants to avoid prison, but the reckless behaviour of his white best friend Miles doesn’t make it easy. Early on in the story, Colin sees a white police officer shoot a black man without provocation. The film shows the mental toll it takes on him, and how it almost comes between his and Miles’s friendship.

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17 Comments

  1. aisasami
    13 June 2020 / 11:36 am

    Wonderful selections of books and movies. Thank you for sharing them!

  2. 12 June 2020 / 11:28 pm

    Beautiful! I shared it on my twitter too! This is indeed very educative!

  3. 12 June 2020 / 2:14 pm

    Thank you for spreading awareness and sharing to us about these books, I agree that we must be informed about racism and why it should completely disappear from this world.

  4. 12 June 2020 / 3:48 am

    These books are so apt for the current day situation! sharing this list with my friends

  5. 12 June 2020 / 3:15 am

    This is extremely important to know right now. Many readers should spend time reading this books. I hope this will change their mindset.

  6. 11 June 2020 / 11:57 pm

    I am sharing sharing sharing!!! Everyone should be reading these resources, everyone. Thanks a lot.

  7. 11 June 2020 / 11:49 pm

    Great list of books! Many people need to be educated further on what’s happening in the world. Thanks for seeing the importance of this all.

  8. Alexis
    11 June 2020 / 9:52 pm

    This is a great list of resources for current events in the United States (and around the world), thank you for offering these new ideas.

  9. World In Eyes
    11 June 2020 / 9:11 pm

    Sharing this information especially in the current time is really important..Thanks for sharing this..it is timely post and much inspiring…

  10. 11 June 2020 / 7:14 pm

    I would love to check out these books. I love educating myself on what happening in the world.

  11. Lyosha Varezhkina
    11 June 2020 / 3:40 pm

    thank you for sharing it. Living in different country where there are very few people of color at all, it is very important to me to have a hand on proper resources to educate myself

  12. Marie
    11 June 2020 / 5:32 am

    These are good selections. I saw Seven Seconds. I couldn’t stop watching until the end. So sad.

  13. Michael Oyco
    11 June 2020 / 12:38 am

    what a great way to contribute to the movement. simple yet effective. hope it’ll get better in the coming days

  14. Bella
    10 June 2020 / 9:08 pm

    Sharing info about BLM is SOOO important, I also did a blog post and sharing info is super important and much needed.

  15. ashley
    10 June 2020 / 7:00 pm

    This is a great list of books and movies that you have shared. Thank you for your awareness.

  16. Renata Feyen
    10 June 2020 / 5:17 pm

    Things have improved a lot during time but there is still a lot of room for improvement 🙂

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