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Anti-Racist Podcasts

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Along with the reading list and film and series recommendations, here are a few podcasts that explain the history of racism and white privilege.

By Julie Ngalle

The Diversity Gap:

This podcast can serve as a guide on how you can keep educating yourself about racism, why movements like the Black Lives Matter movement are essential, and how to be actively anti-racist rather than just “not racist”. This applies to racism against all cultures and nationalities, but once again, the African-American history and experience serve as an example of how most non-white people are treated in the US and across the Western world. 

Intersectionality Matters: 

This podcast explores the long lasting effects that segregation, slavery and white supremacy have had on the black community, and especially black women. Today, we hear about systemic racism, racism that is rooted in society and also our brains, and this podcast, through discussions surrounding how national and international issues (i.e: COVID 19) impact POCs in different ways, explains why this might be, and how we can break the cycle. 

1619: 

The first African slaves landed on the British colony of Virginia 401 years ago, before America was even America. The United States was built with racist values, the society developed with white supremacy and slavery at its core. The New York times’ podcast ‘1619’ tells the story of African-American history, slavery and racism starting from this “fateful moment” in 1619. 

Seeing White: 

The title is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a podcast about white privilege. So that the next time you see the phrase “all lives matter” or you hear people talk about reverse racism, you can understand why POCs are offended by such terms and arguments. This podcast goes through the United States’ history and explains how the country and its values were based on white supremacist ideology, which explains the racism and injustice we still witness to this day.  

Thinking Allowed: White Privilege- Racial Ambiguity

BBC 4’s Thinking Allowed has a 28-min podcast that breaks the patterns and origins of white privilege in the UK. A historical analysis of how white privilege led to “enduring patterns of disadvantage” helps people understand exactly what white privilege is, and how it is still highly present today. The narrator also compares the UK’s experience with the United States’ as he tries to look at racial binaries in America. 

Note: Just like with the funds, although we wish we could link every piece ever written, ever show or movie ever released, we cannot. However, I was sent a Google sheet document initially put together by Vamika Sinha, a student at New York University Abu Dhabi. I have made it a document accessible to all and added a few recommendations of mine. You can click the link below to check it out for yourselves, and as it is an open-access spreadsheet, feel free to share it around you and add any recommendations you may have. There will never be too much information. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t1-4ta50ff6FPlF578zkxd3Jrrqc9dKYxNSOoyljrIE/edit#gid=379997696

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