Anti-racist reading list

Sludge magazine was founded with the two main intentions. Separate but co-constitutive intentions. The first was to create a platform to showcase young creative talent, to give young creative the confidence that industry professionals were looking at their work and thought it was worth showcasing. Our team is anonymous but is comprised of multidisciplinary creatives who have worked for the world's biggest brands and publications. The second was to make politics, sociology and economics accessible and palatable to people outside of higher education. We know that the increased access to information due to globalisation and social media is overwhelming. We are constantly inundated with so many catastrophic events that even if you take the time to start researching the cause of one issue, something else will come up before you get anywhere. The language of politicians and mainstream news corporations is also intentionally elitist and downright misleading at times. So we wanted to amplify different voices from every ethnic, religious, gender and sexuality background in hopes that the more different voices were speaking, the more people would find a voice that resonates with them. In regards to the public lynchings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, the home invasion and murder of Breonna Taylor, and the countless worldwide murders and injustices across the globe at the hands of white supremacy we decided to take some time to work out how best to address the matter at hand. 

We have decided to compile a reading list of all of our past articles that showcase white supremacies global impact.

We'd also like to thank Halima Nashir the writer of our latest article KKK 🤝U.S. police 🤝Colonialism🤝U.K. police for compiling a list of anti-racist literature classified by difficulty and topics. As explained in our piece Billionaire brunches and black liberation capitalism is bolstered by anti-blackness so please avoid buying any of the books listed from Amazon. Underneath our reading list is a list of black owned book shops to use alternatively, with thanks to Instagram user blazerfaizer. We would also like to thank Twitter user @esmeatgrlpwr for her list of important petitions to sign.

An “Alternative” to “Stories Tinged by White Privilege”: Japanese Animation and the Power of Being ‘Heard’

The story of the U.S. and U.K. in Afghanistan

How colonial lies shaped African sexuality

The Threat of Fascism is Here by Hani Thapa

Why is Britain in denial of institutional racism?

The government’s commitment to surpressing the past

Q&A with Nubia Assata

Prosper - Sorzano

Misadventures with misogynoir

Anything but change

Skengman Churchill

The French knee on the Neck

Valorising the veil

What ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ can teach us about manoeuvring for power in the Patriarchy

Adelaide and Red: The dichotomy between Diaspora and African Blackness (Spoilers)

Meet Amel Mukhtar, the British Vogue staffer bringing political activism to the forefront

When is booty shaking right?

God Save The Queen

Why Trump and team owners are missing the point

Freedom of speech and freedom from consequence are not the same thing

Caster Semenya: When Fairness Is False

The root of modern medicine's failings towards black mothers

Billionaire brunches and black liberation

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Beginners List: 

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Dr Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist - Dr Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Olua 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge 

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker 

Topic specifics in brackets:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond (housing discrimination) 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein (housing discrimination)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander (mass incarceration) 

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond - Marc Lamont Hill (mass incarceration, police violence)

Are Prisons Obsolete? - Angela Davis (prison abolition)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - Beverly Daniel Tatum (education discrimination)

Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy - Darryl Pinckney (disenfranchisement) 

Black Feminism:

Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde 

Killing Rage: Ending Racism - Bell Hooks 

Women, Race & Class - Angela Davis 

Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins

Assata: an Autobiography - Assata Shakur

Bad Feminist - Roxan Gay 

Black LGBTQ+:

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene Carruthers

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America - Darnell L. Moore

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson (editor)

Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance - bell hooks

Black-owned bookstores (U.K.)

Films and TV shows

Africa Turns The Page - The Novels That Shaped A Continent BBC Four (2020)

Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'  BBC iPlayer (2018)

Small Axe by Steve McQueen (2020)

The 13th by Ava DuVernay (2016)

When They See Us by Ava DuVernay (2019)

Exterminate All The Brutes by Raoul Peck (2021)

Happy unlearning - The Sludge Team



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