10 great resources on social media to educate about race, privilege and Black Lives Matter

To read, research and learn about the fight against racism

Over the past week, our social media timelines have been flooded with educational resources, links, quotes, book and documentary titles, and ideas to ensure that we can all better inform ourselves about racism and privilege. If you are a white person who has never delved into these issues before, the information is right at your fingertips.

While you shouldn't rely on BIPOC to educate and inform you on race, many of the recent posts on Instagram and Twitter will remain relevant long after this week is over.

Many activists have invested time and energy into informing their followers about these issues, and the points are worth bookmarking. Save these posts, make sure to return to them when you have questions, and keep yourself informed.


Mireille Harper's 10 steps to non-optical allyship

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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to - please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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If you have posted a few links on Twitter and a black square to Instagram this week, and think your activism is done, read this post. Harper provides concise and clear steps that we can all take to better equip ourselves against racism, and ensure that the process doesn't stop on social media.

Lettie Shumate's Sincerely, Lettie podcast

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Just a few of my (@sincerely.lettie ) podcast episodes you can listen to via the link in the bio! 🎤 I started my podcast “Sincerely, Lettie” last summer because I had a lot to say. I wanted people to hear me, hear my voice, hear the emotion, and not for my gain, but because I knew it was (and still is) part of my calling. • I often get asked what people can do to start. Start by listening. Listen, learn, self-reflect, deal with yourself, listen, and learn some more. • I’m taking a break from my podcast until July, but there is plenty for you to listen to and learn from until then!! • #blackpodcasters #blackwomenwhopodcast #dopeblackpods #antiracismeducation #historyeducation

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Sincerely, Lettie is a podcast that deals with race, history, social justice and self-care, and its host Lettie Shumate deals with each episode with care, humour and sincerity. The above post lists the episodes to start with that specifically deal with racial issues that are especially relevant right now, including protests, diversity and inclusion and microaggressions.

Zoe Amira's fundraising YouTube video

Make-up artist Zoe Amira's YouTube channel is normally filled with tutorials and reviews, but her most recent video has been gaining traction for a different reason. If you want to donate money to the Black Lives Matter movement but aren't in that position financially right now, switching on the above YouTube video is a great way to help. The video, which is an hour long, features lots of ads throughout. The ad revenue generated from watching the entire video will be split between various associated initiatives with Black Lives Matter, such as bail funds, funeral funds, and more.

Emma Dabiri's history lesson on where whiteness comes from


Irish-Nigerian author Emma Dabiri consistently informs and educates her followers on social media about race, as well as in her book Don't Touch My Hair. In the above post, Dabiri takes a look at the history behind 'race' as we've come to know it, in an effort to allow readers to unlearn what we think we know about whiteness.

Keane Ryan's infographic on racism in Ireland

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As a white man, I was privileged to have been unaware of the severity of anti-black racism in my own country, until I spent a few hours earlier today doing my research. The statistics I found are disgusting! Having seen numerous posts and tweets undermining the importance of protesting and supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement, claiming it’s “not our problem”, I decided to make this infographic proving with statistical evidence that anti-black racism is as much our issue as anyone else’s! **Update: The European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights research surveyed 12 out of 27 EU Member States. The ranking and average figures are based on the statistics from these 12 countries only.**

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When we see the brutality of racism in the U.S, it can be easy to say that 'Ireland isn't a racist country'. Unfortunately, racism happens everywhere, and it is happening in this country too, so it's important to recognise it. The above infographic is helpful in explaining the evidence around Ireland's incidents in anti-black racism, and where things need to improve.


act.tv's explainer on systemic racism


This very easy-to-follow video explains how systemic racism can put up barriers to education, opportunities and success at all stages of life for black and brown people. While where you go to school and where you grow up can either help or hinder your path in life, the video explains how generations before you, and the education and resources that were available to them, can also have a massive knock-on effect.

Florence Given's call to action for white people

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(swipe) PLEASE GET ANGRY, AND STAY ANGRY. If you consider yourself a feminist and aren't thinking about race daily, THERE'S WORK TO DO. Please sign the petitions in my 'action' highlight & donate whatever you can to Black people and Black organisations. Please text your white friends and family and talk about this. A Black man was murdered by the police (yes, again) but this time the entire incident was caught on camera, "racism isn't getting worse, it's getting filmed" (quote by Will Smith) and it is both heartbreaking and terrifying to witness another Black life turned into a hashtag day in day out. • Racism isn't 'out there' in 'those' white people; its inside all of us. Yes, me. Yes, you. In the more covert, insidious ways that it shows up in our every day normalised behaviour (see 6th slide). Please begin having those uncomfortable conversations you've been avoiding with your problematic friends, family and co-workers and call them the fuck in, those are the conversations that will change the world. "White feelings should not be held in higher regard to Black lives" - @rachel.cargle • Illustration in last slide by @krisstraub • The white privilege list is actually "white, religion & culture privilege" there's a typo! • ACAB #JusticeForFloyd #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd

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Artist and author Florence Given is one of the most consistently informative accounts I follow on white privilege, as well as feminism, rape culture and sexuality. Above, Given gives various points of information around racism, including talking to family and friends about race, an explainer of white privilege, white supremacy and different accounts to follow.


Deirdre Loughlin's resource list for Irish supporters

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Repost with correct information - We need to do more, this is only the bare minimum but it's a start at hopefully adding to the growing conversation in Ireland around anti-racism and how we can be better allies. Accounts tagged are @environmentaleadai - check out her post on direct provision. The link in my bio is for a petition calling to end direct provision that also includes a video I'd urge you to take a look at, also @masi_movement_asylum_seekers @merjireland. Important to check out the link in bio and this for helping multiple ways for what's happening in America https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Check my stories I have other accounts shared that are also sharing ways we can help. There are plenty of areas in Ireland that we need to address issues of inequality but it's clear online that the conversation has definitely started, keep it going, be an ally. . . . #blacklivesmatter #blmireland #ally #breakthestigma #endracism #enddirectprovision #starttheconversation #nojusticenopeace #georgefloyd #saytheirnames #equality #humanrights #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealtheducation #mentalhealthjourney #psychologydaily #irelanddaily #irish #ireland #goodmind #psychology #irishmentalhealth #mentalhealthireland #mentalhealthadvocate #empower #psychologyfacts #wellbeing #itsokaynottobeokay

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If your feed has plenty of information about U.S and U.K resources, and you're wondering how you as an Irish person can help, read through Deirdre Loughlin's post. She explains how to have difficult conversations around race, informing yourself on Direct Provision and where you can donate and canvass to support anti-racism movements here at home.

Roohi Amber's list of black-owned businesses that you can support from anywhere

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Please share with those asking for resources or how they can help. Links to all accounts below. Cosmetics @kncbeauty @mdmflow @mentedcosmetics @thelipbar @beautybakeriemakeup @juviasplace @mischobeauty Skincare @oyinhandmade @solonoir @ehoneyskin @gethyperskin @ouithepeople @himistry @mybutterbarskin @blackgirlsunscreen @blkandgrn Jewellery @_melaniemarie_ @dorcascreates @peaceimagesjewelry @jamandrico @thirdcrown Food/drink @tastesanaia @boo.b.ltd @theopolisvineyards @mcbridesisters @partakefoods @golde @ivysteaco @adozencousins @blkandbold Fashion/accessories @ceeceesclosetnyc @dorcascreates @brothervellies @hanifaofficial @weardiop @sherah_online @thefolklore @nubianskin @thewraplife @nudebarre @onabags @blkmktvintage Bookstores @mahoganybooks @unclebobbies @harrietts_bookshop @thelitbar @forkeepsbooks @braveandkindbooks @blackbabybooks @booksofmelanin @semicolonchi Homewares/lifestyle @helloyowie @bespokebinny @toolsforlivingba @rayoandhoney @boleroadtextiles @purhomeclean @effiespaper Art/stationery @ohhappydani @materiallife @a_single_suggestion @natalieodecor @alilscribble @lepenndesigns @unwrp Kids @ozzieolive @braveandkindbooks @avaandisa @cocopieclothing @prettypleaseteethers @blackbabybooks @harperimandolls @booksofmelanin @puzzlehuddle @tippy_tot_shoes @shop.opalandfig @darlyngandco Toyslikeme.com

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If you do have some money to spend, and want to direct it towards black-owned businesses, this list from Instagram user @roohiamber is a fantastic place to find inspiration. From jewellery to homewares to art supplies to kids' stuff, the list is still being added to, so there's plenty of places to browse.

Rachel Cargle's The Great Unlearn

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Hello, I’m @rachel.cargle, founder of The Great Unlearn. Thank you for being here. • I woke up this morning thinking of revolution. Head to the link in our bio to RSVP. • Thinking about what my ancestors and past leaders left for us. What tools and direction and foresight they offered. • When James Baldwin reminded us: “It is a very peculiar revolution because, in order to succeed at all, it has to have as its aim the reestablishment of the Union. And a great, radical shift in American mores, in the American way of life. Not only does it apply to the Negro, obviously, but it applies to every citizen in the country. This is a very tall order and desperately dangerous, but inevitable in my view because of the nature of the American Negro’s relationship to the rest of the country, of all these generations, and the attitudes the country’s had toward him, which always was, but now has become overtly and concretely, intolerable. • When Malcolm X made clear: “Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.” • When Fannie Lou Hammer started: “There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement — three people is better than no people” • When Nikki Giovanni explained: “We put our lives on the line because we understand that our lives were always on the line.” • When Angela Davis said, ““I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” • I’ll be giving a Public Address on Revolution this upcoming Saturday evening. If you’d be interested in hearing my words and my teachings please use the link in my bio to RSVP and you’ll receive the viewing details Saturday afternoon. • This live address will include my official response to the brutality happening to black bodies in the US. I will be pulling from the words of revolutionaries before us. I will be offering resources for action and highlighting the movement on the ground so that we all can show up in revolutionary ways. • I’m looking forward to being in conversation and community with you all. • TL:DR - the revolution is coming, RSVP link in bio. • Will I see you there? • #revolutionnow

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The Great Unlearn is an online learning platform designed to address the things we think we know about race and deconstruct them. You can find tools on the Patreon-funded website like email templates for addressing racism at work to your boss, various pieces of research about incidents of police brutality, U.S racial history, and conversations around racism in 2020. I definitely advise following founder Rachel Cargle on Instagram too, where she posts often about these issues on her personal account.

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