Statement on Racism

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In an attempt to help us all understand better how it feels for many people of colour to live in a racist environment I would like to invite you to engage in wider reading and listening.

Below is a list of links or book titles or other resources for you to investigate. I have deliberately not sought out biblical scholars just ordinary people with a story or a help. These guides are not meant to be viewed as a representation of my personal opinion, experience or even understanding, just a different view so that our learning and understanding is expanded.

Also, there is a helpful video available to view at

I trust you and I trust me to read and listen and watch using spiritual eyes and sifting everything through Biblical text.

Any questions you may have, do not hesitate to contact me via email:

Blessings to you!


Recommendation Reason Benefit Link
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge To understand race relations in Britain today
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman The book inspires identity and ambition. To encourage students to achieve and go for all opportunities.
Hair Love – Matthew Cherry The book inspires identity and family. To encourage students to understand their culture and self love.
Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience Paperback – Rebecca Walker This book looks at views and experiences from a range of mixed cultures. To support identity and understanding of having a mixed culture.
The hate you give – Angie Thomas This books looks at both privilege and poverty and what that means for black kids paticularly in america. Enjoyed by others of the same age group. Can be relatable in terms of feeling and emotion. Looks at race, privalage and poverty so can be an insight to the unknown for some students. This has come out as a film which some students may have seen.
Come up – Angie Thomas This book looks at privalage, identity and sterotyping. Enjoyed by others of the same age group. A sequal in writing to the book above. Looks at identity and ambition. Can be relatable to students.
To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee Used in english GCSE. Looks at race, sexism and class in the 1930s.
Natives: Race and class – Akala Akala is a british musician and political commentator. I think this shows a good experience Looks at experience with race in british society. Touches on topics people are afraid to talk about.
Noughts and crosses – Malorie blackman Diffrences in culture and race. Identity and belonging. Privilege and power.
White teeth – Zadie Smith Modern multicultural britain that is a funny novel. Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations
I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou I read it in school and loved it. Anything by her would be good. Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.
Search party – George the poet A relevant spoken word artist / author. Has an insite to British culture and living and what that means for a young black man. Touches on a lot of topics students will have come across but may not have thought about.
Refugee boy – Benjamin Zephaniah Benjamin is a great writer that is truthful and experienced. This book has a big talking point of belonging. Looks at identy and belonging. From being at a place of war to coming to London and not being accepted and then being left alone to deal with the situation.
Home going – Yaa Gyasi Understanding of history An insight into the diffrences of slavery. the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver.
Black listed – Jeffrey Boakye Very relatable and opens discussion. Help to answer everyday questions in British society including youth experiences. Are these terminologies and actions right or do we just go with the majority? aking a panoramic look at global black history, interrogating both contemporary and historical culture, Black, Listed investigates the ways in which black communities (and individuals) have been represented, oppressed, mimicked, celebrated, and othered.
The good immigrant – Nikesh Shukla Excellent topic of questioning and discussion on todays society. Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.
Black and british – David Olusoga Black british history revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello.
Brit(ish) race, identity and belonging – Afua Hirsch Black british history Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.
There aint no black in the union jack – Paul Gilroy Concersation starter, history of black people in britain and having a voice. a powerful indictment of contemporary attitudes to race. An author who was not afraid of accusing British intellectuals and politicians on both sides of the political divide of refusing to take race seriously.
Chavs – Owen Jones A wider look on British culture and how ignorance is involved. Explores the working class looking at race, sterotyping and ignorance.
Mixed Experiences: Growing up mixed race – mental health and well-being This is a good staff book rather than for students.


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