Progressive Resource Kit


For further  reading materials on the histories and legacies of racist imagery throughout Europe and across the rest of the world, as well as useful study resources that will aid in counter-movements and/or the enhancement of critical media literate and decolonial perspectives, see the following ever-evolving list below. 

*Certain resources are less accessible online and/or to the general public due to being published in academic journals or as books, as well as book chapters.

Media Representations:

Casting “Crazy Rich Asians”: The privileges and pitfalls of being Eurasian (2017) by Louise Hung

Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture (1994) by Patricia A Turner (book)*

Daily Racism: The Press and Black People in Britain (1989) by Paul Gordon and David Rosenberg (book)*

Does Reality TV Have a Problem with Black Women? (2017) by Yomi Adegoki

The Handmaid’s Tale’s race problem (2017) by Ellen E Jones

It Doesn’t Matter That An Arab Will Play Aladdin (2017) by Khaled A Beydoun

Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’: When White directors tell Black stories (2017) by Touré

‘The Problem with Apu’ Trailer Asks: Is Apu From The Simpsons a Minstrel? (2017)
by Vulture

Stereotyping in the Media (blog) by Amanda Chandler

Typecast as a Terrorist (2016) by Riz Ahmed

What ‘Dear White People’ Gets Wrong About Africans (2017) by Arenike Adebajo

What do you see when you look at this cover? (2016) by Melissa Harris-Perry

What’s so hard about casting Indian actors in Indian roles? (2017) by Kevin Noble Maillard

White Issues, Italian Vogue’s “all black” issue and the Visual Imaginary (2010) by Nana Adusei-Poku (book chapter)*

Why the lack of Indian and African faces in Dunkirk matters (2017) by Sunny Singh

Zine queens: how women’s magazines found new life via indie publishing (2017) by Ruth Jamieson

Performative Analyses:

Blackface is Big in Germany: Despite a growing backlash against is, blackface is still popular in Germany, where people insist they aren’t racist (2014) by Joel Stonington

Cameron and the morris dancers: a sign of our nationalistic mood (2014) by Lola Okolosie

The challenge to conceptualise multiplicity of multiplicities: Post-black art and its intricacies (2012) by Nana Adusei-Poku 

Discursive Strategies in Fixing Images of Power: The Enslaved ‘Other’ in Miller’s Art and Nature and Kotzebue’s ‘The Negro Slaves’ (2009) by Ulrich Pallua (book chapter)*

Like the Golliwog, Zwarte Piet is a racist relic, so why is it a part of the Dutch Christmas? (2012) by Bel Parnell-Berry and Karlijn Vōlke

Performing Blackness on English Stages, 1500-1800 (2005) by Virginia Vaughan (book)*

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (2011) by Robin Bernstein (book)*

Return to the Dark Ages (2006) by Hannah Pool

The scariest thing about Halloween is seeing all the douchebags who think racial masquerade is okay (2014) by Michael Mark Cohen

We need to talk about digital blackface in reaction GIFs (2017) by Lauren Michele Jackson

Cultural Appropriation:

Stealing beauty: How much did Picasso’s paintings borrow from African art? (2006) by Andrew Meldrum

What if we let it up to Arab artists to be the ones to tell their (hi)story? (2017) by Mohamed Sqalli

Imagery for Children:

The Elephant in the Room: Picturebooks, Philosophy for Children and Racism (2014) by Darren Chetty (journal article)*

The Enduring Legacy of Disney’s Black Millennial Classic ‘A Goofy Movie’ (2017) by Austin Williams 

Soon Come Home to this Island: West Indians in British Children’s Literature (2007) by Karen Sands-O’Connor

Sweet Blackberry Foundation

“You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people!” (2013) by Darren Chetty

Decolonial Analyses:

An Apology is Not Enough: Germany, Genocide and the Limits of Reparations for Namibia (2016) by Perivi John Katjavivi

Black Europe Body Politics: Toward an Afropean Decolonial Aesthetics (2013) by Alanna Lockward

Black Skin, White Masks (1967) by Frantz Fanon (book)*

Decolonising Desire: The Politics of Love (2017) by Dalia Gebrial

An Image of Africa (1977) by Chinua Achebe (book)*

‘The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house’. Frantz Fanon on Whiteness in Hegemonic Social Philosophy (2011) by Vanessa Eileen Thompson (book chapter)*

A Reasonable Alternative to Zwarte Piet (2013) by Patricia Schor

Thinking Citizenship from the Vantage Point of the Dutch Caribbean (2017) by Sruti Bala

Why Golliwog wars are important (2011) by Lee Jasper

Being a person of colour in Europe:

16 Stunning Pictures of Black British People Living Their Best Lives (2016) by Tolani Shoneye

Afrophobia in Europe: ENAR Shadow Report 2014-2015 (2015) by Ojeaku Nwabuzo for ENAR

Asian Britain: A Photographic History (2013)  by Susheila Nasta (book)*

Black Britain: A Photographic History (2007) by Paul Gilroy (book)*

“Black Folk Here and There”: Repositioning Other(ed) African Diaspora(s) in/and “Europe” (2010) by Jayne O Ifekwunigewe (book chapter)*

The Good Immigrant (2016) edited by Nikesh Shukla (book)*

The reality of being black in today’s Britain (2016) by David Olusoga

“There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack” (1987) by Paul Gilroy (book)*

“Where are you really from?”: The hidden lives of POC in rural Britain (2017) by Louisa Adjoa Parker

Why there’s nothing racist about black-only spaces (2017) by Charlie Brinkhorst-Cuff

Discussions on Whiteness:

The 6-Step Guide to Raising Anti-Racist White Kids as a White Parent (2016) by Kathi Valeii

10 Ways well-meaning white teachers bring racism into our schools (2015) by Jamie Utt

Steve McQueen and the Dutch (2014) by Chandra Frank

Thinking Whiteness in French and Swiss Cyberspaces (2010) by Noémi Michel and Manuela Honegger (journal article)*

White Innocence and the Dutch elections (2017) by Nick Barr Clingan

The White Problem (2014) by Quinn Norton

Historical Analyses:

Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain (2008) by Michael Pickering (book)*

Bollywood, Chicken Curry – and IT: The Public Spectacle of the Indian Exotic and Post-Colonial Anxieties in Switzerland (2015) by Rohit Jain (book chapter)*

Buy Golly: The History of Black Collectables (2005) by Clinton Derricks (book)*

The Colonial History of India’s Favourite Sari Blouse (2017) by Payal Mohta

The Golliwog Caricature (2000) by David Pilgrim

Imperial Persuaders: Images of Africa and Asia in British Advertising (2003) by Anandi Ramamurthy (book)*

It’s Time to Talk about Black Tudors (2014) by Rowena Mondiwa

The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today (2016) by Catherine Hall

Discussions on Colourism:

5 Things Light-Skinned People of Color Say That Make Us Sound Like Racist White People (2017) by Nico Dacumos

BGLH was just dragged for describing lighter-skinned women with loose curls as “black women” (2016) by Leila Noelliste 

Race and Health:

What’s Killing America’s Black Infants? (2017) by Zoë Carpenter

Digital Racialisations:

Rise of the racist robots: how AI is learning all of our worst impulses


Afrispectives Platform

Black British Feminism: a Reader (1997) by Heidi Safia Mirza

Life in Roman Britain (2016) by BBC Teach (UK only)

Micky Mouse Monopoloy: Disney, Childhood and Corporate Power (2001) by Robert Pettit

Representation (2013) Stuart Hall, Jessica Nixon and Sean Nixon (text book)*



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