Over the past few days, demonstrations have taken place in the U.S., UK, and across the world to protest the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 and demand more is done to end racism and police brutality. One of the first steps non-Black people can take in helping this cause is educating themselves on the issue. Reading about racism here in the UK will not be a comfortable experience, but with so many informative books about the topic, there are no excuses not to be doing it.
This list includes books that will help readers learn about the history of racism and anti-racist activism in the UK, as well as what racism looks like today and how you can actively become a better ally. The books below predominantly focus on Black British experiences and histories, but there are works featured for those looking to read more widely about the issue of UK racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy. I have also included novels and non-fiction books written by people of colour that we think deserve a spotlight.
This list is by no means exhaustive or definitive, it is simply a starting point for those looking to educate themselves.
The history of racism & anti-racist activism in the UK
Racism as it looks in the UK today
Books from UK writers on how to be actively anti-racist
Novels to read
Non-fiction to read
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