8 Ways To Educate Yourself

Here are 8 resources to help you learn more about the roots of systemic racism on our society.

1. 12 Years A Slave

Slavery is ‘the dirty open secret of western prosperity’. Steve McQueen’s unflinching Oscar-winning film is based upon the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northrup. 

2. The Civil War by Ken Burns

The American Civil War, in which the North fought the secessionist South over the issue of slavery and states’ rights, is still the defining event in US history. Ken Burns’ magisterial documentary is a comprehensive primer on the crisis that shapes the conversation to this day. 

3. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The best overall study of the ’systematic destruction of the American Indian’ in the name of Manifest Destiny. 

Read it here.

4. The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

Britain’s history is also one of colonialism and subjugation in the pursuit of wealth, as William Dalrymple’s history of the East India Company makes clear. 

Read it here.

5. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me”. Ellison’s classic tale of the black experience in pre-Civil Rights America. 

Read it here.

6. I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck

Raoul Peck used James Baldwin’s words to tell the story of the Civil Rights era to devastating effect. 

7. The 13th by Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay followed Selma with this Oscar-winning documentary about the history of racial inequality in the US. 

8. How To Argue With A Racist by Adam Rutherford

A book that scientifically demolishes ever racist argument you’ve ever heard. 

Read it here.