Language and Definitions

For the classroom

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. With more than 125,000 people registered, and growing by more than 10,000 new registrants every year, the Zinn Education Project has become a leading resource for teachers and teacher educators.

The Decolonising SOAS Working Group has developed the Learning and Teaching Toolkit for Programme and Module Convenors. This toolkit is intended to act as a briefing for programme and module convenors on what ‘decolonising’ learning and teaching might entail.

Books (non-fiction)

  • Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad

  • How to be an antiracist – Dr Ibram X Kendi

  • So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin Di Angelo

  • White Rage – Carol Anderson

  • Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tulum

  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde

  • The masters tool will never dismantle the master’s house – Audre Lorde

  • Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Reni Eddo Lodge

  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis

  • The will to change – Bell Hooks

  • I am not your baby mother – Candice Brathwaite

  • Critical Race Theory – Richard Delgato

  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala

  • Staying Power - Peter Fryer

  • There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack - Paul Gilroy

  • Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power - Lola Olufemi

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People - Reni Eddo-Lodge

  • Brit(ish) - Afua Hirsch

  • Exterminate the Brutes - Sven Lindqvist

  • Black and British - David Olusoga

  • Several books by authors Stuart Hall or Gary Younge

  • Art Therapy For Social Justice: Racial Intersections - Edited by Savneet K. Talwar

For the workplace

The Bias of 'Professionalism' Standards

Professionalism has become coded language for white favoritism in workplace practices that more often than not privilege the values of white and Western employees and leave behind people of color.

Recommended podcasts

  • 1619 podcast

  • Race, Health and Happiness with Dr. Onye Nnorom

  • About Race

  • Code Switch (NPR)

  • The Praxis Pod

  • Intersectionality Matters (Kimberly Crenshaw)

  • Cite Back Women


  • Large resource hub for understanding/unlearning white supremacy & disinvesting from anti-blackness by @thebrownhijabi

  • Stages of white identity development and their corresponding ideas, with relevant resources for each stage.

  • Green Voices of Colour – twitter group for people of colour part of the climate conversation founded by @maryheglar

Voices on social media



Films, TV & Documentaries

  • 13th (Netflix)

  • When They See Us (Netflix)

  • Dear White People (Netflix)

  • Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)

  • The Hate U Give (Amazon Prime)

  • The Namesake

  • Mississippi Masala

  • Malcolm X

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

  • 12 Years A Slave

  • Moonlight

  • Get Out

  • I am Not Your Negro


Books (fiction)

  • Beloved – Toni Morrison

  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

  • The parable of the sower – Octavia Butler

  • The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Books: Medicine & Science

  • Medical Apartheid – Harriet Washington

  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty – Dorothy Roberts

  • Inferior – Angela Saini

  • Superior – Angela Saini

  • Fatal Invention: How science, politics and big business recreate race in the 21st century – Dorothy Roberts

  • Reproducing race: An ethnography of pregnancy as a site of racialisation – Khiara M Bridges

  • Breathing Race into the Machine: The surprising career of the spirometer from plantation to genetics – Lundy brown

  • Reproductive injustice: Racism, pregnancy and premature birth – Dana Ain-Davis

  • Black and blue - The origins and consequences of medical racism – John Hoberman

  • Body and soul: The black panther party and the fight against medical discrimination – Alondra Nelson

  • Medicating race: Heart disease and durable preoccupations with difference – Anne Pollock

  • Fearing the black body; the racial origins of fat phobia – Sabrina Strings

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Books for Children

Under 16 years old

  • Tristan Strong Pushes a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia

  • Pet – Akwaeke Emezi


  • Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o

  • Grace for President – Kelly Di Pucchio

  • Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

  • I am Enough - Grace Byers

  • Hair Like Me - Heather Burris

  • Little Leaders – Vashti Harrison