Resources for decolonisation – yours and mine!

I’ve been meaning to update this post for a while, so thanks to the lame dude who trolled me, I finally motivated myself to do it!

Back in February I ran a giveaway on my Instagram page for Waitangi Day in which I asked people to suggest resources for decolonisation. I intentionally left ‘resources’ very broad – asking for people to suggest whatever they found useful. So below I have roughly collated the suggestions (anonymised!), including my own.

Putting together this list brought to mind this whakatauki which I thought was appropriate:

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Thanks to everybody who contributed! And congratulations to the winner!

My original suggestions:

  • First of all I recommend looking at the Harvard University Implicit Bias tests. The race test in particular can be quite revealing, but I encourage everyone to explore as many tests as they can.
  • Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most powerful works I have ever read about privilege.
  • Invisible man by Ralph Ellison is another power piece of literature exploring privilege and society.
  • I recommend Waking up white by Debbie Irving but with caveats – the auther sometimes doesn’t seem to be aware of her own privilege, even though the whole book is about becoming aware of that privilege, and the book is pretty cringe-worthily-self-indulgent at times, there are some useful discussion questions included in each chapter I think do make really good reflective exercises.
  • E-tanagta is a great resource, full of excellent articles
  • BWB is similarly just full of great things to explore, including an excellent collection of For those of us in NZ, you should have access to the online fulltext collection of BWB from your local public library through the EPIC database. Check your local library’s website for details!
  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa and their amazing courses & kaupapa.

Suggestions from the community:

Ngā mihi

As a person with very mixed white and Jewish European heritage, born in American to 2nd generation immigrants, now living in New Zealand Aotearoa, I am only partway through my decolonisation journey. It’s a work in progress and I am learning more everyday. Thank you to everyone who has helped educate me along the way. In particular the friends I made while living in places like Benin, Laos, St. Lucia, and here in Aotearoa. I love you all!

2 thoughts on “Resources for decolonisation – yours and mine!

  1. Guadalupe says:

    This is the best post I’ve ever read, THANKS Nicole <3

    1. niceassets says:

      lol hardly!! I wish I could add some commentary to the resources suggested and get people to suggest more! If you have any to add – please do!


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