Bliv klogere på racisme

Verden over demonstrerer folk lige nu for sorte menneskers rettigheder. Vi anbefaler bøger, artikler og film, der giver indblik i racismen.

Racisme og borgerrettigheder er kommet på alles læber. Den 25. maj døde 46-årige og afro-amerikanske George Floyd under en brutal anholdelse i den amerikanske storby Minneapolis. I mere end otte minutter blev han holdt nede af fire betjente, med blandt andet et knæ på halsen, mens han gentagne gange sagde ”I can’t breathe”, ”Jeg kan ikke trække vejret”. 

Videoen af den voldsomme anholdelse har pustet liv i bevægelsen Black Lives Matter. Hundredetusinder amerikanere har været på gaden i demonstrationer for lige rettigheder. Demonstrationerne har ført til politiske ønsker om reformering af politiet i flere amerikanske byer.

Samtidig har præsident Donald Trump støttet politiet og kaldt til ro og orden, mens alverdens medier har rapporteret om voldsom brug af magtmidler over for fredelige demonstranter og journalister. 

Der har også været støttedemonstrationer i mange lande. I søndags demonstrerede 15.000 i Københavns gader. Støttedemonstrationerne har også sat fokus på racisme og borgerrettigheder uden for USA.  

Lyt, lyt, lyt, lær

Det kan være svært at forstå eller måske endda tro på racismen, hvis man ikke selv har mærket den. Derfor er det vigtigste, man lige nu kan gøre, at læse og lytte en masse – allerhelst til sorte menneskers egne fortællinger.

Vi har fundet en række bøger, artikler og film, der kan gøre dig klogere på racisme:

Hurtige artikler

Du kan begynde med nogle lettilgængelige oversigtsartikler hos Faktalink:

Den amerikanske borgerretsbevægelse
Racisme i Danmark

Why I'm no longer

Læs de svære ord

Har du mod på at læse på engelsk – og mod på at blive udfordret som hvid – så vil vi virkelig anbefale:

Du finder begge bøger online på eReolen Global.

Se også vores mange andre boganbefalinger under artiklen.

 

James Baldwin

 

Film om racisme

Filmstriben anbefaler vi især dokumentaren ”I am not your negro” om forfatteren og samfundskritikeren James Baldwin, der arbejdede sammen med både Malcolm X, Medgar Evers og Martin Luther King, Jr.

Også en række spillefilm hos Filmstriben har racisme som tema:

 

Vi håber, du vil lytte.

Oprindeligt skrevet af Uffe Høgh, Herlev-Bibliotekerne.

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Why i'm no longer talking to white people about race

Af Reni Eddo-Lodge (2017)
Summary: 'This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book. Essential' Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winner 2015'One of the most important books of 2017' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good ImmigrantA powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-LodgeIn 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today
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White fragility : Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Af Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Summary: 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.In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively
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Mellem verden og mig

Ta-Nehisi Coates' brev til sin søn om at den amerikanske drøm ikke er en drøm, men et mareridt bygget på knækkede sorte kroppe
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Heavy : An American Memoir

Af Kiese Laymon (2018)
Summary: *Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist* In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we've been. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free. A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family that begins with a confusing childhood—and continues through twenty-five years of haunting implosions and long reverberations
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Jeg ved hvorfor fuglen synger i sit bur : selvbiografi

Af Maya Angelou (2019)
En barndomsbeskrivelse om den afroamerikanske forfatter og borgerrettighedsaktivist Maya Angelous (1928-2014) ophold hos sin farmor i en lille sydstatsby gennem 5 år. Beskriver miljøet, farmorens store personlighed og raceproblemerne i USA's sydstater i 1930'erne
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Barracoon : The Story of the Last Slave

Summary: Abducted from Africa, sold in America. "A deeply affecting record of an extraordinary life"- Daily Telegraph A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. This account illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, who was abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past—memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture
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Small great things : A Novel

Af Jodi Picoult (2016)
Summary: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWith richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE "Picoult offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book."—Booklist (starred review) Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong. With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.Praise for Small Great Things"Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . and expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice."—The Washington Post "A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down."—San Francisco Book Review "A gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out."—Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review"I couldn't put it down. Her best yet!"—New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman"A compelling, can't-put-it-down drama with a trademark Jodi Picoult twist."—Good Housekeeping"It's Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice."—Redbook"Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs."—Popsugar
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Emma Gad for hvide : en terapeutisk guidebog

Af Anna Neye (2017)
Med en satirisk indfaldsvinkel formidler forfatteren det kulturelle og historiske baggrundsstof, der skal få læseren til at forstå, hvorfor det fx ikke er i orden at tiltale et andet menneske med ordet "neger"
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Racisme : har vi lært af historien?

Indføring i begrebet racisme, hvor det stammer fra og hvad det har foranlediget. Sætter fokus på nogle af de værste hændelser, hvor racisme har været argument for grusomme handlinger. Hvorfor skete disse hændelser og hvad var den racistiske årsag bag?
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Racisme - i historisk perspektiv

Historisk gennemgang af racismens opståen og delvise afvikling fra middelalderen til i dag. Derudover er der fokus på den voldsomme racisme i Sydstaterne i USA fra 1800-tallet og frem til 1950'erne, racismen i nazitidens Tyskland og apartheidsystemet i Sydafrika
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Det sorte USA : fra Uafhængighedserklæringen til Barack Obama

Af Jørn Brøndal (2016)
Om den afroamerikanske befolknings historie: slaveriet og dets ophævelse, raceadskillelsen, borgerrettighedsbevægelsen i 1950'erne og 1960'erne, Barack Obamas vej til præsidentembedet og raceurolighederne, som bryder ud igen og igen
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Bare fordi at : sprog og forestillinger i udlændingedebatten

Kritisk dokumentation af den antimuslimske retorik og metaforik, som florerer blandt borgere og politikere i indvandrer- og integrationsdebatten i medierne og på Facebook
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En anden gren : roman

Biografisk roman om mødet og forelskelsen imellem forfatterens kinesiske oldefar San Wung Sung og danske oldemor Ingeborg Danielsen
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Guds bedste børn : roman

En ung mand bliver dræbt på Holmbladsgade på Amager af to andre unge. Nogen tror motivet er racistisk, andre at det er umotiveret vold. Men helt sikkert er det, at alle implicerede har et hårdt liv
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Colson Whitehead: Drengene fra Nickel
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Drengene fra Nickel

Den unge Elwood Curtis havner i 1960'ernes raceopdelte Florida på en opdragelsesanstalt på grund af en bagatel. De sorte drenge bliver mishandlet på alle tænkelige og utænkelige måder fra morgen til aften, og kan man slippe derfra med livet i behold?
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The hate u give

Af Angie Thomas (2017)
Starr er vidne til, at hendes ubevæbnede ven, Khalil, bliver skudt og dræbt af en hvid politimand. Da nedskydningen kommer i medierne, bliver Starr nødt til at beslutte, om hun vil medvirke til, at betjenten, der gjorde det, bliver dømt
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Hundredetusindvis af mennesker verden over samles til "Black Lives Matter"-demonstrationer
Hundredetusindvis af mennesker verden over samles til "Black Lives Matter"-demonstrationer
10.06.20