Recent events are a painful reminder that racism and inequality impacts the lives of black people around the world and in the UK. We all have a part to play and a good place to start is to educate ourselves so we can challenge ourselves, encourage courageous conversations and hopefully be inspired to make a difference. Our BAME Employee Network has created this dedicated page for all Auto Trader colleagues to highlight different voices they wanted to amplify.
They wanted to share it with our customers, partners, future colleagues and members of our communities and industries. Here you will find recommendations in different formats from books and podcasts to videos and films. If you have a suggestion for us to consider, contact us on Twitter at @AutotraderLife.
Uncomfortable Conversations with Rachel & Juyel Part 1: What religious celebrations do you have?
Uncomfortable Conversations with Rachel & Juyel Part 2: Do you celebrate Christmas?
Uncomfortable Conversations with Rachel & Juyel Part 3: Do you feel any pressures around this time of year?
Auto Trader’s BAME Network presents the ‘Uncomfortable Conversations Series’. Where the network, and guests, bring you their answers to those uncomfortable questions that you have always wanted to ask, with the hope that it will educate and create a better understanding of the lived experiences of people of colour, inspire more questions and create more open conversations. Our first one features Dolapo Olaoye as he talks about the notion of seeing colour and why acknowledging colour is a positive.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (YouTube)
Trevor shares his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd, the protests in Minneapolis, the dominos of racial injustice and police brutality, and how the contract between society and black Americans has been broken time and time again.
When They See Us (Netflix)
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
American Son (Netflix)
Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
A charged and necessary wake-up call to pervasive, institutionalised racism, Eddo-Lodge’s searing polemic reconstitutes the frame of the argument around race, removing it from the hands of those with little experience of its resonances. From ambient and lazy cultural stereotyping to open hostility, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a clarion call of understanding.
White Fragility - Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad
A blistering expose of how entrenched white privilege is in modern society, Saad’s Me and White Supremacy blog dug deep into the - often unconscious – racial prejudice which many white people took completely for granted. Packed with practical exercises and enlightening socio-political context, the book of the blog offers numerous ways of transforming the discourse surrounding institutionalised racism.
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
You're British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you're from? We are a nation in denial about our imperial past and the racism that plagues our present. Brit(ish) is Afua Hirsch's personal and provocative exploration of how this came to be - and an urgent call for change.
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
Gathering BAME voices from across Britain in a searing selection of essays exploring otherness, racial inequality and the immigrant experience, Shukla’s expertly curated book is full of revealing insights on every page. Varied in tone yet coherent in intent, the pieces that form The Good Immigrant provide an invaluable snapshot of modern Britain.
About Race - Reni Eddo Lodge
From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
Blogs and Online Resources
Being called out on your racist views should not always be considered a slur
Dickson Abegunde, a member of our BAME network, shines a light on a traditionally taboo subject
The Phrase I Hear The Most By Fiona Daniel
What a month October 2019 has been for sport, politics, the media, royalty, BHM, World Mental Health Day to name a few.