By Julie Ngalle and Bethany Dawson
Who to Follow
Munroe Bergdorf (@munroebergdorf):
Munroe Bergdorf is a mixed-race Afro-Jamaican British transgender model and activist. She has previously made headlines (and lost a couple of contracts) when she pointed out the fashion industry and certain companies lacked diversity and also just the fact that “white people as a group are brought up racist.” These lost partnerships, most notably with l’Oréal back in 2017, did not stop her and she continued to voice her opinion and represent as well as defend both the black and the LGBT communities. Bergdorf uses her social media platforms as well as her Goddess platform to empower women of colour and members of the LGBT community by trying to educate the general public as well as remind these communities of their worth and power. She is also an LGBT editor for Dazed Beauty, a member of UN Women UK and ambassador for Mermaids, a charity supporting transgender and gender variant children and their families.
Candice Braithwaite (@candicebrathwaite):
Candice Braithwaite is a British influencer, presenter and writer. She founded the Make Motherhood Diverse platform which aims “to challenge the single story of motherhood”, and through which she hopes to educate and empower. Her goal with this initiative is to breakdown social stereotypes that we may all have of what the ideal mother looks and behaves like. Her platform includes all women, no matter their skin colour or physical appearance, because motherhood does not depend on this criteria. She uses her social media to share her own experiences as a black woman living in the UK and also as a mother as she tries to rewrite the norms. She hosts a short “Tea Time” daily segment on her Instagram where she discusses various topics ranging from motherhood (obviously), through colourism, to mental health.
Rachel Cargle (@rachel.cargle)
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle is an American writer, lecturer and public academic who likes to explore the intersection of race and womanhood. She has written for the New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post and more about topics such as how harmful and fallacious the “all lives matter” statement is, as well as the racist history of many American institutions. She also raises money for black women and girls to get access to mental health care. Black women empowerment and protection are at the center of her mission. I strongly recommend reading her articles, which are insightful and educational.
Allen is an Native American writer and student. He mainly writes about issues to do with injustices and unequal treatment faced by the Native American community. Although that is the main focus of his work on social media, he also talks about and tries to educate people on racism in America in general and has been strongly involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. This account enables people to look at a new narrative when it comes to the history of racism in America whilst also drawing links to the current situation.
Dr Dwight Turner (@Dturner300)
Dr Dwight Turner is a psychotherapist and senior university lecturer known for linking psychotherapy to intersectionality and privilege. He has used his experience as a black man experiencing fear, isolation, and seeking therapy to raise awareness on the fact that even today, a lack of intersectionality is noticeable in the world of mental health. He also talks about how therapists can and should address racism, which can be a major cause of several mental health issues.
Reni Eddo Lodge (@renieddolodge)
Reni Eddo Lodge is a British Nigerian writer and journalist known for being vocal about feminism and structural racism. Many media outlets consider her to be one of the most influential activists in the UK and beyond, as she writes about but also calls out racism and sexism in society constantly. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent and more, and she has used her voice to make sure that minorities are heard and to educate white people on their privilege. She is the writer of “Why I No Longer Speak to White People About Race”, which is in our anti-racist reading list. She also has a podcast named “About Race With Reni Eddo Lodge” which looks at the UK’s relationship with race. Once again, I strongly recommend checking it out.