White Allyship, Privilege and Fragility Resources

What is White Privilege, really?
Recognising white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself. From Teaching Tolerance. By Cory Collins, 2018

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy MacIntosh
This essay is excerpted from ‘White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to see correspondences through work in women’s studies’ (1988) by Peggy McIntosh. This essay that provides examples of the privilege white people experience in everyday life.

Interview: Academic Robin DiAngelo
Dr Robin DiAngelo, anti-racist educator, scholar and author of the New York Times best selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, coined the term White Fragility in 2011. DiAngelo defines White Fragility as ‘a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.’

Becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally: How a White Affinity Group Can Help

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

How White People can be better allies to the Black Community

How to be an ally if you are a person with privilege

How you can be an ally in the fight for racial justice

Universities can and should do much more to address systemic racism

What have we done? How not to be complicit in racism

White Academia: Do Better

White People, here’s how we can try to be better allies and proactively anti-racist

Your black colleagues may look like they’re okay- chances are they’re not

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it- at the heart of respectable society. By Reni Eddo-Lodge in the Guardian

White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Me and White Supremacy: How to recognise your Privilege
Layla Saad's ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY is an indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don't know where to begin. She moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won't end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action.

White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society
Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy-making has increased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. This important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

How to be an Anti-Racist
In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.

Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good.

So you want to talk about race
Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

How to argue with a racist
Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise – and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be.

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Advice for being an Ally by Dr Muna Abdi

Learn how to move from White supremacy to White allyship © by Dr. Gurnam Singh

Learn how to move from Cultural dominance to Cultural humility © by Dr. Gurnam Singh