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Nova Reid How Can Courage and Vulnerability Make You Truly Anti-Racist?

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Writer and anti-racism campaigner Nova Reid provides a thoughtful approach to becoming better allies and being part of powerful change.

With social injustices rising in frequency, and an increase in far-right movements around the world, the rise in hate against ‘the other’ is palpable. There is an urgent need to change so that we no longer repeat patterns of behaviour that have led us to where we are. But what can we individually do?

In her book The Good Ally, Reid speaks directly to the nuances of British racism to show how structural racism has been enforced through our own unique history. But tackling racism, she argues, isn’t just about taking on white privilege in big institutions, but about individual action. How can we each become truly and actively anti-racist?

In conversation with Madhu Krishnan.

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Nova Reid

Nova Reid is an activist, TED speaker, podcast host and author on a purpose-driven mission to improve racial justice, by helping people be the change they want to see by courageously unlearning their racism. She regularly appears on BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio as a media expert, and received a Social Impact Award at the Precious Awards. She is a passionate advocate for equity, collective healing and helping people use self-agency to role-model change.

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Madhu Krishnan

Madhu Krishnan is Professor of African, World and Comparative Literatures in the Department of English at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Black Humanities. She is author of Contemporary African Literature in English: Global Locations, Postcolonial Identifications (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Writing Spatiality in West Africa: Colonial Legacies in the Anglophone/Francophone Novel (Boydell & Brewer, 2018) and Contingent Canons: African Literature and the Politics of Location (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is at present working on a large scale project on literary activism in contemporary Africa, which explores the ways in which engagement with the literary functions as a mode of social production.

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