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9 videos on race and privilege

· Creativity,Diversity

Not everyone wants to, or has time to read a long list of books, I get that. Also I have it on good authority that a lot of the books on race are currently sold out. Still want to educate yourself? I've got you covered – below you'll find some of my favourite short videos on issues of race, privilege and identity. And if you don't find what inspires you, or you want to know more TED has put together a list of inspiring and educational videos on race here.


1. The Race

It's an oldie but a goodie. The most powerful visual demonstration of privilege I have ever seen.

2. The Average Black Girl

A spoken word piece on when you're told it's OK because you aren't like the other black people because of your privilege. This actually happens. It's happened to me.

3. The urgency of intersectionality

Black women are also killed through police brutality in the US, why can we not remember their names? A powerful explanation and exploration of the importance of intersectionality.

The UK Black Experience

4. Dave at the BRITs

British rapper Dave's performance at the BRITs this year was an unapologetic and powerful musical documentation of black life in the UK.

5. Where are you from?

This is a US video, but it resonates. Throughout my life I have regularly been asked 'Where are you from?' and then when I reply with Hampshire... "No, but where are you really from?"

Dating and identity

6. Future not Fetish

A exploration of some questions that you've probably never had to ask yourself as a non-ethnic person dating.

7. What Beyonce taught me about race

A TEDx talk about the expectations and allowances of what a Black women can and cannot be, and the subconscious bias that unpins it.

Representation on screen

8. Open letter to Black People in Horror Movies

You must have noticed that the black guy always dies first? We notice. This spoken word piece is funny and clever.


9. How Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress

This TED talk is about the merits of traditional agriculture, but if you watch it I think you'll see it's actually about colonialism.

Whenever I start looking at spoken word poetry or TED I fall down a hole of videos I can't stop watching. Fall with me – there are plenty more talks from TED here on a variety of different specialist areas on race (note this is US based).

If you haven't seen it already, you can also check out my recommended reads on race in the UK here and learn about diversity in the UK outdoors here.

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