Social Justice and Reconciliation Resources

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in School

By Glenn E. Singleton

This updated edition of the bestseller continues to explain the need for candid, courageous conversations about race so that educators may understand why achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander

Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Through a gripping, fast-paced and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas — and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk about Racism

By Robin DiAngelo; Forward by Michael Eric Dyson

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. White fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

By Safiya Umoja Noble

A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms. Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online.

How To Be An Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi

Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR and The Washington Post, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas — from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities — that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines

By Jenna Arnold

“Raising Our Hands” is the reckoning cry for white women. It asks them to step up and join the new frontlines of the fight against complacency — in their homes, in their behaviors, and in their own minds. Arnold peels back the history that's been kept out of textbooks and the cultural norms that are holding us back, so we can finally start really listening to marginalized voices and doing our part to promote progress.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor

By Layla F. Saad and Robin DiAngelo

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, “Me and White Supremacy” takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

By Paul Ortiz

An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights. Incisive and timely, this bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americans, reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights.

So You Want To Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

In “So You Want to Talk About Race,” Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

By Monique Morris and Forward by Mankaprr Conteh and Melissa Harris-Perry

Morris chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged — by teachers, administrators and the justice system — and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish.

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Between the World and Me” is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son — and readers — the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson

Number one New York Times Bestseller and now a major motion picture - Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination and legal brinksmanship — and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

By Carol Anderson

From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America. As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage,” historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in The Washington Post suggesting that this was, instead, “white rage at work.”

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

By Michael Eric Dyson

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece “Death in Black and White,” Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in “Tears We Cannot Stop” — a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed or discounted.

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism and Engage in Collective Healing

By Anneliiese A. Singh, Tim Wise and Derald Wing Sue

“The Racial Healing Handbook” offers practical tools to help you navigate daily and past experiences of racism, challenge internalized negative messages and privileges, and handle feelings of stress and shame. You'll also learn to develop a profound racial consciousness and conscientiousness, and heal from grief and trauma. Most importantly, you'll discover the building blocks to creating a community of healing in a world still filled with racial microaggressions and discrimination.

We Can't Talk About That at Work: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics and Other Polarizing Topics

By Mary-Frances Winters

Instead of shutting down any mention of taboo topics, Winters shows how to structure intentional conversations about them, so people can safely confront biases and stereotypes and create stronger, more inclusive organizations. Winters offers exercises and tools to help you become aware of how your cultural background has shaped your perceptions and habits and to increase your understanding of how people from other cultures may differ from you, particularly when it comes to communicating and handling conflict.

The Trouble with Black Boys and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education

By Pedro A. Noguera

In this brutally honest — yet ultimately hopeful — book Pedro Noguera examines the many facets of race in schools and society and reveals what it will take to improve outcomes for all students. From achievement gaps to immigration, Noguera offers a rich and compelling picture of a complex issue that affects all of us.

The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth

By Gilberto Q. Conchas

Based on the experiences of Black, Latino, and Vietnamese urban high school students, the author provides a revealing comparative analysis that offers insight into how schools can provide opportunities and safe learning environments where youth acquire real goals, expectations, and tangible pathways for success.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race

By Beverly Daniel Tatum

Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow

By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a “New Negro” to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age.

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

By John Hope Franklin

Born in 1915, Franklin, like every other African American, could not help but participate: he was evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, threatened — once with lynching — and consistently subjected to racism's denigration of his humanity. Yet he managed to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard; become the first black historian to assume a full professorship at a white institution, Brooklyn College; and be appointed chair of the University of Chicago's history department and, later, John B. Duke Professor at Duke University.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880

By W.E.B. Du Bois and Introductions by Henny Louis Gates Jr. and David Levering Lewis

“Black Reconstruction in America” tells and interprets the story of the twenty years of Reconstruction from the point of view of newly liberated African Americans. Though lambasted by critics at the time of its publication in 1935, Black Reconstruction has only grown in historical and literary importance. In the 1960s it joined the canon of the most influential revisionist historical works. Its greatest achievement is weaving a credible, lyrical historical narrative of the hostile and politically fraught years of 1860-1880 with a powerful critical analysis of the harmful effects of democracy, including Jim Crow laws and other injustices.

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir

By Bakari Sellers

Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, “My Vanishing Country” is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. Anchored in in Bakari Seller's hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his father's rise to become, friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) , to explore the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working class — many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By Paulo Freire and Donaldo Macedo

First published in Portuguese in 1968, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is ongoing.

Pedagogy of Freedom

By Paulo Freire

This book displays the striking creativity and profound insight that characterized Freire's work to the very end of Freire's life-an uplifting and provocative exploration not only for educators, but also for all that learn and live.

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

By bell hooks

Full of passion and politics, “Teaching to Transgress” combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings. This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself.

The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time

By Christopher J. Lebron

Lebron contends that it is the duty of political thought to address the moral problems that attend racial inequality and to make those problems salient to a democratic polity. Thus, in “The Color of Our Shame,” he asks two major questions. First, given the success of the Civil Rights Act and the sharp decline in overt racist norms, how can we explain the persistence of systemic racial inequality? Second, once we have settled on an explanation, what might political philosophy have to offer in terms of a solution?

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know

By Malcolm Gladwell

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

By Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

“I know my own mind and I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.“ These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Banaji and Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (Third Edition)

By Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic and Foreword by Angela Harris

“Critical Race Theory” is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries. The new edition also covers the ways in which other societies and disciplines adapt its teachings and, for readers wanting to advance a progressive race agenda, includes new questions for discussion, aimed at outlining practical steps to achieve this objective.

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Third Edition)

By Tim Wise

Using stories from his own life, Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so.

New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development: Integrating Emerging Frameworks

By Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe and Bailey W. Jackson, Editor

Intersectionality receives significant attention in the volume, as it calls for models of social identity to take a more holistic and integrated approach in describing the lived experience of individuals.

This volume offers new perspectives on how we understand and study racial identity in a culture where race and other identities are socially constructed and carry significant societal, political, and group meaning.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

By James H. Jones

From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years — due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist — Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir

By Casey Gerald

‘There Will Be No Miracles Here’ has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but it stands the American Dream narrative on its head. If to live as we are is destroying us, it asks, what would it mean to truly live? Intense, incantatory, shot through with sly humor and quiet fury, ‘There Will Be No Miracles Here’ inspires us to question — even shatter — and reimagine our most cherished myths.

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup; Introduction By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

The story that inspired the major motion picture, “Twelve Years a Slave” is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery. Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free. In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's horrific life as a slave.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

By Brittney Cooper

Far too often, Black women's anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. “Eloquent Rage” keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don't have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother's eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today.

The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement — and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Kay Landis, Editor

Produced in partnership by The University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.

Civil discourse is the cornerstone of the university experience, and our classrooms and laboratories are ideal venues for teaching it. As standard practice, we challenge our assumptions, question what we know, and seek new understanding rather than rigidly defending what we have developed in the past. In this process of inquiry, we rely on critical thinking, inclusiveness, tolerance, and respect to create new knowledge and reframe old tenets to the emerging world.

Black Visions Collective

Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in the right relationship within our ecosystems. Creating the conditions for long-term success and transformation.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Winner of the Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Academy award nominee Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical drama “Selma,” the criminal justice documentary “13th” and Disney's “A Wrinkle in Time,” which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history. Based on the infamous case of The Central Park Five, her latest project is entitled “When They See Us” and was released worldwide on Netflix in May 2019.

Smithsonian - National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

The Privilege Institute

The Privilege Institute (TPI) provides challenging, informative, and practical strategies, programs, and resources. We equip and empower people, organizations, institutions, and communities committed to action and accountability related to issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership.

CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion

CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 1,000+ CEOs and Presidents are pledging to ACT ON supporting a more inclusive workplace for employees, communities and society at large.

Diverse Book FInder

The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). We've cataloged and analyzed trade picture books fitting this criteria, published since 2002, to surface and create: a unique circulating collection, a search tool, and a source of critical data.

Particles for Justice

Particles for Justice is a group of people and every single member whose name appears on any given document serves an essential role in our work. We are diverse in ethno-racial and national background, gender identity, and current career status, and we treat each other respectfully and equally. This organizational structure itself is an action against the fundamentally unequal groups, organizations, collaborations, and departments we often find ourselves in.

Daily Social Justice Resources

Justice in June cultivates a community rooted in truth, inspires action and is committed to awareness. This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace's oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. On this document are links to the learning resources and a schedule of what to do each day.

Teaching Tolerance

Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Fractured Atlas

We help individual artists and arts organizations at every level of the cultural ecosystem, in every creative medium, through several programs: Fiscal Sponsorship, Artful.ly, and SpaceFinder for example. Fractured Atlas also provides educational resources and personalized support. That means artists can devote their effort to doing what they do best — making art that matters to them and the world.

Black Lives Matter at School: Curriculum Resource Guid​e

Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year. The national Black Lives Matter At School coalition's curriculum committee worked this year to bring you lessons for every grade level that relate to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter and they are available free.

National Association for Multicultural Education

NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. The Founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.

Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a research, storyteller and Texan. The official line: I'm a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I am also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. I've spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I'm the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. My most recent book was released in October 2018 and is the culmination of a seven-year study on the future of leadership.

Black Past

BlackPast is dedicated to providing a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African America and of people of African ancestry around the world. We aim to promote greater understanding through this knowledge to generate constructive change in our society.

The Color of Wealth

At McKinsey, diversity and inclusion are not just moral imperatives, they are integral to our dual mission -- to help our clients make substantial, lasting performance improvements and to build a firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people. We have a deep and longstanding commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in business, in society and within our firm.

The truth you've probably never heard about riots

By Andre Henry, May, 28, 2020 - medium.com

Why the violent protests in response to the murder of George Floyd could be productive.

97 things white people can do for racial justice

By Corinne Shutack, August 13, 2017 – medium.com

Achieving racial justice is a marathon, not a sprint. Our work to fix what we broke and left broken isn't done until Black folks tell us it's done.

Your black colleagues may look like they are okay - chances are they are not

By Danielle Cadet, May 28, 2020 – money.yahoo.com

“Let's cut to the chase. It's been a tough few days…weeks…months. But there's a tale of two quarantines. Because while some Americans have been consumed by banana bread, others have had to navigate surviving a pandemic in a country they were never actually meant to live in.”

Did You Just Say “I Don't See Color?”

By Cory J. Anderson – sparkvisionnow.com

Anderson writes about practical ways to think about and implement equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. He has always lived in a multicultural environment which he credits as his inspiration to bring diverse groups of people together.

Black Americans 2.6 times more likely to die from Covid-19

By Hop Hopkins, May 25, 2020 – sierraclub.org

A public health debacle that can only be cured by addressing racism.

A Decade of Watching Black People Die

By Code Switch, May 31, 2020 – npr.org

“The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.”

My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook To Explain White Privilege

By Lori Lakin Hutcherson, September 8, 2017 – yesmagazine.org

“Yesterday I was tagged in a post by an old high school friend asking me and a few others a very public, direct question about white privilege and racism. I feel compelled not only to publish his query, but also my response to it, as it may be a helpful discourse for more than just a few folks on Facebook.”

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus

By Catherine Halley, May 31, 2020 – daily.jstor.org

“The United States has seen escalating protests over the past week, following the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis police. Educators everywhere are asking how can we help students understand that this was not an isolated, tragic incident perpetrated by a few bad individuals, but part of a broader pattern of institutionalized racism.”

Why You Should stop Saying "All Lives Matter"

By German Lopez, July 11, 2016 – vox.com

“It's a common conversation these days: One person says, “Black lives matter.” Then another responds, “No, all lives matter.” It's also a complete misunderstanding of what the phrase “black lives matter” means. The person on the receiving end interprets the phrase as “black lives matter more than any other lives.”

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers

Toolkit Resources: Campus Models and Case Studies – aacu.org

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Introducing the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers.

On January 19–23, 2018, more than one hundred faculty, staff, and students from the first ten Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers and nineteen visiting institutions attended the inaugural TRHT Institute, a five-day professional development program focused on preparing TRHT Campus Center action plans.

Higher Education's Role in Promoting Racial Healing and the Power of Wonder

Association of American Colleges and Universities – portal.criticalimpact.com

A Statement from David Everett, Tia Brown McNair, Lynn Pasquerella, and Jane Turk

“As protests erupt across the country and around the world demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody, higher education must play a leadership role in addressing the issues at their center—racism and white supremacy.”

4 Steps White People Can Take Towards Racial Reconciliation

By Carolyn Carney – mem.intervarsity.org

What does it look like to be a White person on the journey of racial reconciliation? In a world of individualized thinking, it can be hard to see how white responsibility could be any different from anyone else's.

The Weaponry of Whiteness, Entitlement and Privilege

By Tammy E. Smithers and Doug Franklin, June 1, 2020 – diverseeducation.com

“No matter the pedigree, socioeconomic status, or political prowess, the curse of Blackness is inescapable. Today, in 2020, African-Americans are sick and tired of not being able to live. African-Americans are weary of not being able to breathe, walk, or run. Black men in this country are brutalized, criminalized, demonized, and disproportionately penalized. Black women in this country are stigmatized, sexualized, and labeled as problematic, loud, angry, and unruly.”

White Privilege and Male Privilege

By Peggy McIntosh, 1988 – nationalseedproject.org

White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies. “Through work to bring materials and perspectives from Women's Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often noticed men's unwillingness to gram that they are overprivileged in the curriculum, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged. Denials that amount to taboos surround the subject of advantages that men gain from women's disadvantages. These denials protect male privilege from being fully recognized, acknowledged, lessened, or ended.”

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

By Peggy McIntosh, 1989 – nationalseedproject.org

“As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage. Describing white privilege makes one newly accountable.”

White Privilege, Color and Crime: A Personal Account

By Peggy McIntosh, 1998 – nationalseedproject.org

“I had come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I could count on cashing in each day but about which I was meant to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible, weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks. Seeing this, which I was taught not to see, made me revise my view of myself, and also of the United States' claim to be a democracy in which merit is rewarded and life outcomes are directly related deservedness.”

White Privilege - An Account to Spend

By Peggy McIntosh, 2009 – nationalseedproject.org

“I feel that seeing privilege is the missing link between understanding discrimination of any kind and understanding how to end it. I now believe that white privilege, rather than discrimination, is the central actor in racism—the central force that creates racism and keep it in place. To lessen racism we need to lessen white privilege…Privilege gives me power that I can use for social change.”

White People Facing Race - Uncovering the Myths That Keep Racism in Place

By Peggy McIntosh, 2009 – nationalseedproject.org

“I see the desire to keep our image of ourselves “clean” as part of white privilege. Those of us who are white people in the United States feel entitled to feel good about ourselves because we have been shielded from the negative aspects of white history.”

Some Notes for Facilitators on Presenting My White Privilege Papers

By Peggy McIntosh, 2010 – nationalseedproject.org

“My work is not about blame, shame, guilt, or whether one is a “nice person.” It's about

observing, realizing, thinking systemically and personally. It is about seeing privilege, the “upside” of oppression and discrimination. It is unearned advantage, which can also be described

as exemption from discrimination.”

How To Respond to 'Riots Never Solve Anything'

By Rafi D'Angelo, May 28, 2020 – soletstalkabout.com

“This country was founded on rioting (and looting). The colonists didn't politely ask to be independent — they started a war. Gays threw a brick. Black people rioted all over this country. Please let go of that falsehood and pick up a history book.”

U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism

By Laura Morgan Roberts and Ella F. Washington

“No matter your racial, political, or other identity, these events are almost impossible to escape. In particular, millions of Black people and their allies are hurting. And these issues are not ones that organizations or their leaders — from CEOs at the top of the hierarchy to team managers on the frontline — can ignore.”

How To Explain White Privilege Exists: 7 Common Arguments, Debunked

By Chris Tognotti, March 4, 2015 – bustle.com

“So you're at a party, and someone says something ignorant . And while you know that they're in the wrong, and that you could totally engage them and win if you were a bit more prepared, your words escape you. To make sure that doesn't happen, we've compiled a series of handy reference guides with the most common arguments — and your counter-arguments — for all of the hot-button issues of the day. This week's topic: How to argue that white privilege exists.”

Dear Fellow White People

By Kevin Van Valkenburg, August 23, 2016 – theundefeated.com

White privilege is a thing and the Rio Olympics was the perfect example. “The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games have brought to my attention that some of us still don't quite grasp what white privilege is. Or, even if we do feel like we get the concept, it's still difficult to fully comprehend the way that privilege has set up a double standard that is so infuriating — and disheartening — to people of color.”

White Privilege and Native American

By Paul Gorski, March 30, 2004 – racism.org

“Any person who has grown up in the American public school system has been educated to hold racial prejudices. To illustrate this point, ask any child to tell you about the first date in history he or she remembers learning: “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” What happened in 1492?” Christopher Columbus discovered America.” Did he? The history books I prefer to read have informed me that people were actually already here.”

Why It's So Hard To Talk to White People About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo, December 6, 2017 – huffpost.com

“I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources — schools, textbooks, media — don't provide us with the multiple perspectives we need.”

White Fragility Is Real: 4 Questions White People Should Ask Themselves During Discussions About Race

By Sarah Watts, July 19, 2018 – salon.com

Are you a "fragile” white person? Here's how to tell—and what to do about it. Four questions to ask yourself: 1) Am I trying to change the subject? 2) Am I using inappropriate humor to deflect? 3) Am I getting defensive or angry? 4) Am I going out of my way not to focus on “the negative?”

The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility

By Anna Kegler, December 6, 2017 – huffpost.com

“For a while now, I've been thinking about how terms like “white privilege,” “inclusion” and “unconscious bias” all sound just ... too nice. Don't they seem a little on the pleasant side for words used to address a system of racist oppression?”

Stop Your White Fragility - It's Racial Violence and Here's Why

By Amelia Shroyer, January 4, 2016 – everydayfeminism.com

“So let me state this plainly: White people, we are massively failing with our white fragility. When we are asked to do the very least in empathetic listening, we center entire conversations around our own feelings.”

Settler Fragility: Why Settler Privilege Is so Hard To Talk About

By Dina Gilio-Whitaker, November 14, 2018 – beaconbroadside.com

“Settler fragility stems from settler privilege, which is similar to white privilege in that it is systemic, structural, and based on white supremacy, making it difficult to identify. Only in some ways, settler privilege is far more covert and cunning… Like white fragility, settler fragility is the inability to talk about unearned privilege—in this case, the privilege of living on lands that were taken in the name of democracy through profound violence and injustice.”

Talking to Your Kids About Racism

By UNICEF, June 9, 2020 – unicef.org

“It can be hard to talk to your children about racism. Some parents worry about exposing their children to issues like racism and discrimination at an early age. Others shy away from talking about something they themselves might not fully understand or don't feel comfortable discussing. Yet others, especially those who have experienced racism, simply do not have such choices.”

Birding While Black

By J. Drew Lanham, September 22, 2016 – lithub.com

“The job I volunteered for was to record every bird I could see or hear in a three-minute interval. I am supposed to do that fifty times… Up until now the going has been fun and easy, more leisurely than almost any “work” anyone could imagine. But here I am, on stop number thirty-two of the Laurel Falls Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route: a large black man in one of the whitest places in the state, sitting on the side of the road with binoculars pointed toward a house with the Confederate flag proudly displayed.”

Letter From a Region in my Mind

By James Baldwin, November 10, 1962 – newyorker.com

From 1962: “Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.”

Is It Good for Business?

By Kenneth M. Chapman Jr., April 24, 2020 – insidehighered.com

“Colleges should be mindful of how cultural competence plays a role in every area of their business operations, from student development to even pandemic preparation ... Institutions should continue to be mindful of how cultural competence plays a role in every area of their business operations, ranging from student development to even pandemic preparation. Colleges and universities should not only focus on academic success for students but also ensure those students have a cultural competence skill set.”

Inside a Sickening Moment in Dallas History: A Public Hanging of a Black Man

By Krystina Martinez and Rick Holter, April 10, 2015 – keranews.org

“In 1908, a ceremonial arch lit up downtown Dallas at the corner of Main and Akard streets. It was built by the Elks Club, with a gaudy sign that proclaimed “Welcome Visitors.” It became an iconic symbol of an ambitious city. By 1910, it became a different kind of symbol when a mob hung the body of a black man named Allen Brooks from the arch. By 1911, the arch was moved to Fair Park.”

The Waco Horror

By Jesse Washington – theundefeated.com

“What does it mean to share a name with the victim of one of the most infamous lynchings in American history? Thousands of people massed here to partake in the killing of the 17-year-old farmhand. As Jesse was pulled down the wide street that cruelly shares his last name, they attacked him with knives, bricks, shovels and clubs. Blood covered Jesse's dark skin. It was almost noon on May 15, 1916. With the Texas heat climbing into the 80s, the Waco Horror had begun.”

Lynching, Our National Crime - Ida B. Wells, 1909

Speech by Wells, contributed by BLACKPAST, Sept. 22, 2008 – blackpast.org

“By 1909 Ida B. Wells was the most prominent anti-lynching campaigner in the United States. From the early 1890s she labored mostly alone in her effort to raise the nation's awareness and indignation about these usually unpunished murders. In 1909, however, she gained a powerful ally in the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The following speech was delivered by Wells at the National Negro Conference, the forerunner to the NAACP, in New York City on May 31-June 1, 1909.”

The Case for Reparations

By Ta-Nehisi Coates, June 2014 – theatlantic.com

“Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”

What Well-Meaning White People Need To Know About Race

By James McWilliams, Feb. 18, 2019 – psmag.com

An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.

27 Workplace Microaggressions

By Essence Gant, Oct. 8, 2017 – buzzfeed.com

“We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their experiences with racial microaggressions on the job, and YIKES!”

Media Portrayals and Black Male Outcomes

Multiple contributors, The Opportunity Agenda – opportunityagenda.org

“From the perspective of most scholars who focus on the topic, there is a clear causal story that links media representations of black men and boys to real-world outcomes. The story can be summarized as follows: 1) For various reasons, media of all types collectively offer a distorted representation of the lives and reality of black males. 2) In turn, media consumption negatively affects the public's understandings and attitudes related to black males (sometimes including the understandings and attitudes of black males themselves) 3) Finally, these distorted understandings and attitudes towards black males lead to negative real-world consequences for them.”

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups

By Craig Elliott, 2016 – convention.myacpa.org

“White Caucuses are an important mechanism for people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege to do our own work. It provides us an environment and intention to authentically and critically engage in whiteness, white privilege, and hold each other accountable for change.”

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood

By Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake and Thalia Gonzalez – law.georgetown.edu

The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, which published this report, works with

policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices that

alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States. This groundbreaking study by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality provides—for the first time—data showing that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers, especially in the age range of 5–14.

How Black Girls Aren't Presumed To Be Innocent

By Adrienne Green, June 29, 2017 – theatlantic.com

“A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers. A growing body of evidence has shown that the American education and criminal-justice systems dole out harsher and more frequent discipline to black youth compared with their non-black peers. But while most of that research has focused on black boys, a new study from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality specifically turned its attention to society's perception of black girls.”

Whiteness as Property

By Cheryl I. Harris, June 1993 – Harvard Law Review, Volume 106, Number 8 – sph.umd.edu

“Issues regarding race and racial identity as well as questions pertaining to property rights and ownership have been prominent in much public discourse in the United States. In this article, Professor Harris contributes to this discussion by positing that racial identity and property are deeply interrelated concepts. Professor Harris examines how whiteness, initially constructed as a form of racial identity, evolved into a form of property, historically and presently acknowledged and protected in American law.”

Why Some Black Puerto Ricans Choose "White” on the Census

By Natasha S. Alford, Feb. 11, 2020 – nytimes.com

The island has a long history of encouraging residents to identify as white, but there are growing efforts to raise awareness about racism.

How To Address Bias in Policing: A First-Hand Perspective

By Rick Tanksley, Aug. 4, 2017 – hillardheintze.com

“The importance of implicit bias training in law enforcement agencies cannot be understated. Implicit bias is an automatic association. These unconscious thoughts are not unique to police officers—all humans experience these natural mental associations without even realizing it.”

"A-Ha" Activities for Unconscious Bias Training

By Felicity Menzies, Include-Empower.com – cultureplusconsulting.com

“Unconscious or implicit bias refers to beliefs or attitudes that are activated automatically and without an individual's awareness. These hidden biases are different from beliefs and attitudes that individuals are aware they hold but choose to conceal for the purposes of complying with social or legal norms.”

Understanding Unconscious Bias: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

By Felicity Menzies, Include-Empower.com – cultureplusconsulting.com

“Stereotypes refer to beliefs that certain attributes, characteristics, and behaviors are typical of members of a particular group of people. The way we categorize social groups is often based on visible features that provide the largest between-group differentiation and least within-group variation (for example, skin color, gender, or age).”

A Decade of Watching Black People Die

Code Switch, May 31, 2020 – npr.org

“In July 2014, a cellphone video captured some of Eric Garner's final words as New York City police officers sat on his head and pinned him to the ground on a sidewalk: “I can't breathe.” On May 25 of this year, the same words were spoken by George Floyd, who pleaded for release as an officer knelt on his neck and pinned him to the ground on a Minneapolis street.”

12 Podcasts That Can Help Us Learn About Race and Racism in America

By Chelsea Candelario, June 3, 2020 – purewow.com

“As many take to the streets to protest, donate to organizations fighting for change, share content on social media or grab a book to learn about how to become a better ally, it has become clear we must continue to educate ourselves about the past and use that knowledge to shape our mindset and actions for the future. Here are 12 podcasts to help us learn about race and understand the many ways racism remains prevalent in America.”

Discussion of Claudia Rankin's poem from "Citizen: You are in the Dark, in the Car ...”

By Poetry Foundation, July 31, 2017 – poetryfoundation.org

In a special archival edition, the editors discuss Claudia Rankine's poem from Citizen: “You are in the dark, in the car ... ” published in the March 2014 issue of Poetry.

Brene Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to be an Antiracist

By Brene Brown, June 3, 2020 – brenebrown.com

“I'm talking with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. We talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but we really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.”

Podcast Directory

Code Switch from NPR – Multiple Podcasts – npr.org

“What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.”

There Will Be No Miracles Here

By Casey Gerald – goodlifeproject.com

On the surface, Casey Gerald, was living the dream.

“Growing up in Oak Cliff, Texas, he broke from the binds of an addicted, imprisoned dad and mentally-ill mom to become a star athlete, scholar, then a student at Yale, where he majored in political science and played varsity football. Heading next to Harvard Business School, while pursuing his MBA, he co-founded a foundation, MBAs Across America, that landed him on MSNBC, at TED and SXSW, on the cover of Fast Company, and in The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian, among others. But, when you scratch the surface, things weren't as they seemed.”

How to Not Accidentally Raise a Racist

By The Longest Shortest Time, March 8, 2017 – longestshortesttime.com

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup is an associate professor of early childhood development and education at Texas Women's University, and she's focused a lot of her research on children's racial attitudes and how parents influence those attitudes. Brigitte has also had a lot of personal experience talking about race because her husband is Black and her two children are mixed race. Tune in to this fascinating conversation for a primer on how to make your kids more openminded and egalitarian, including answers to questions that YOU asked Brigitte!

An Extended Interview on the Theory of White Fragility

By Dustin Deyer, March 30, 2015 – stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org

“Last week, we brought you a story on the theory of white fragility, which was developed by Robin DiAngelo. We had about five minutes to tell you the story on our air. But there's also a lot more to my interview with Robin DiAngelo than we were able to share on the radio. So now, we want to bring you the extended interview, which runs about 45 minutes.”

Michael Brune - From Outrage to Justice

By Michael Brune, May 29, 2020 – sierraclub.org

“By now, you've likely seen the video of Christian Cooper, a Black birder, being unjustly harassed by a white woman who was illegally walking her dog off leash in Central Park. Amy Cooper's call to the police could have resulted in yet another death of an unarmed Black person at the hands of an officer -- just like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others before them.”

But I'm Not a Protester - What Can I Do?

By Peter DeWitt, June 2, 2020 – blogs.edweek.org

“The death of George Floyd has brought the U.S. to its knees. Cities all over the U.S, including the one where I live, have erupted into rioting. As the days blend into one another, we also see a growing number of peaceful protesting in other countries around the world. The news channels cannot keep up with the devastation fast enough. Coronavirus was all we seemed to hear about for the last two months, and now it is taking a backseat to an issue our country has tried to sweep under the rug for many, many decades.”

On White Fragility

By Justine Larbalestier, Aug. 18, 2016 – readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com

“Why do we white people hate talking about race? My theory is that it makes us feel like we are the baddies. A notion we recoil from because we have been taught all our lives that white people are the goodies.”

A Letter to Take #ActionforEquality

By Elizabeth Morrison, June 3, 2020 – emtrain.com

“I've received a multitude of emails, texts and PMs of support and for those, I am forever grateful. Thank you. I have also had a lot of friends, peers and colleagues reach out asking me what they can do to help and honestly not knowing where to begin. I spent most of the last few days compiling this list for them and for anyone who wants guidance on where to turn to make a real difference.”

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer

As minority communities face the daily stranglehold of racial profiling, and police officers face relentless scrutiny by an anxious public, tensions mount as lines are being drawn in the sand. This conflict can only be broken by finding common ground with each other. L.O.V.E. Is The Answer.

Relive film director A.J. Ali's visit to Dallas College El Centro Campus.

Read the Q&A featuring film director and producer A.J. Ali.

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

By Library of Congress, Nov. 1, 2005 – loc.gov

Historian John Hope Franklin discussed his new autobiography, "Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin.” Franklin, who helped redirect the social and political course of the United States throughout the 20th century, is the author and editor of 17 books, including the best-selling “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans.” Franklin has been the subject of one documentary, “First Person Singular: John Hope Franklin,” and co-hosted another with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace.”

Various videos on racism

By Equal Justice Initiative – eji.org

Various videos on racial justice, lynchings, museums, criminal justice reform and the movie “Just Mercy”

The Origin of Race in the USA

By PBS Digital Studios, May 7, 2018 – pbs.org

Do you believe that your race correlates to your skin tone? Because that wasn't always the case. So how did Americans come to believe that race equals certain visible physical characteristics such as skin color and hair? And why is it that certain ethnic groups that were once considered “non-white” became reclassified as “white”? Watch the episode to find out.

The Talk - Race in America

By PBS Digital Studios, Feb. 20, 2017 – pbs.org

THE TALK is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

By GCORR, 2016 – vimeo.com

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

By Mellody Hobson, March 2014 – ted.com

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race—and particularly about diversity in hiring—makes for better businesses and a better society.

Know Your Rights During Protest

By Emerson Sykes, ACLU - May 30, 2020

ACLU free speech attorney Emerson Sykes gives a primer on how to protest safely right now.

Black Minds Matter Replay - multiple videos

By Dr. Luke Wood, San Diego State University

Multiple videos on Black Minds Matter

Brown Eyes and Blue Eyes Racism Experiment Children Session - Jane Elliott

June Elliott experiment children session, posted on You Tube June 1, 2018

Jane Elliott - Fighting Racism "Blue Eyes / Brown Eyes Exercise”

June Elliott on The Tonight Show, June 1, 2020

Teacher and diversity trainer Jane Elliott talks about her "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise,” the construct of race and what everyone can do in the fight against racism.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on "Stony the Road" and "Dark Sky" / 2019 National Book Festival

By PBS Books, Aug. 31, 2019

Author, teacher, historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s latest book, 'Stony The Road,' Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, was released in April, aligned with the premiere of the PBS documentary series “Reconstruction,” which he hosted. Gates has also written books for younger readers such as 'Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow.'

Human Origins 101 - National Geographic

By National Geographic, Sept. 14, 2018

The story of human evolution began about 7 million years ago, when the lineages that lead to Homo sapiens and chimpanzees separated. Learn about the over 20 early human species that belong in our family tree and how the natural selection of certain physical and behavioral traits defined what it means to be human.

Uprooting White Fragility: Intersectional Anti-Racism in the 'Post-Racial' Ethical Foodscape

By A Harper, April 20, 2016

This is the professionally recorded video of Dr. A. Breeze Harper giving a talk at Whidbey Institute's Intersectional Justice Conference that took place in Clinton, WA March 25-27. The talk is called "Uprooting White Fragility: Intersectional Anti-Racism

in the 'Post-Racial' Ethical Foodscape.”

Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

By Church of the Larger Fellowship – CLFUU, May 17, 2018

VUU guest Robin DiAngelo defines the term she coined - White Fragility. Recorded May 12, 2016.

Sustainability Through a Social Justice Lens

by Heather Hackman

Without Sanctuary

By Magnus Fischer, July 28, 2017

A short flash movie about photos of real lynchings, featured in the book of the same name.

Found on the website http://withoutsanctuary.org/

BIrd Watching While Black: A Wildlife Ecologist Shares His Tips

By National Geographic, Nov. 6, 2016

J. Drew Lanham believes that “conserving birds and their habitat [is] a moral mission that needs the broadest and most diverse audience possible to be successful." He's a professor of wildlife ecology in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University in South Carolina, as well as a published poet, naturalist, hunter, and birder. He's aware that this last specialty—birder—isn't something people expect a black man to be, and after seeing what was going on in the news, he wrote "9 Rules for the BlackBirdwatcher,” a satirical essay adapted to film by BirdNote.

James Baldwin's "Black Lives Matter” Speech 1965

By Cave Jokes, May 28, 2020

James Baldwin makes a heartfelt plea for racial justice and equality at Cambridge University.

Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize and Mobilize

By WebTV Global, May 29, 2020

Complete Killer Mike speech in Atlanta. Powerful - “Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize and Mobilize.”

Robert F. Kennedy Announcing the Death of Martin Luther King

By Mohammad Azzam, Jan. 4, 2013

April 4th, 1968 Martin Luther King was shot and killed. On that night, Robert F Kennedy, New York's senator back then, wanted to deliver the news to the people of Indianapolis. Local police warned him, they won't be able to provide protection if the people would riot because he was in the heart of the African-American ghetto. He wrote his notes on his ride and started the speech without any drafts or prewritten words before his assistance would give him their proposed draft. This speech was delivered on a back of a Flatbed truck. Although all major cities had riots, Indianapolis remained calm after RFK's speech …63 days after this speech, RFK got assassinated.

Malcolm X's Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality

By Smithsonian Channel, Feb. 16, 2018

In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech. From the Series: The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X http://bit.ly/2Dun05T

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man

By Emmanuel Acho, June 3, 2020

Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting and the hurt African Americans are feeling today.

How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites

By Fusion Comedy, Oct. 5, 2016

For people that still don't think microaggresions are a problem: just imagine that instead of being a stupid comment, a microaggression is a mosquito bite.

Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice - Megan Ming Francis

By TEDx Talks, March 21, 2016

In this inspiring and powerful talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all” cures to a complex social problem.

The Business of Being Black in Hollywood

By CNN Business, Feb. 28, 2014

Making an independent film with a predominantly black cast in Hollywood has its challenges. The producer of 'The Butler' says investors asked her to include more white actors in the movie to broaden its appeal.

W.E.B. DuBois Speaks - Socialism and the American Negro

By Matthew Siegfried, May 25, 2015

W.E.B. DuBois Speaks! Socialism and the American Negro. The venerable W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963), historian and activist, gives an address to the Wisconsin Socialist Club in Madison on socialism and the struggle of Black people in America. This speech was given on April 9, 1960 when DuBois was over 90 years of age and just months before his removal to Africa where he died Ghana on August 27, 1963 at the age of 95.

NPR: A Tale of Deportation in the 1930's

By PharrFromHeaven, April 18, 2013

From NPR.com: "We look back at the story behind the expulsion of tens of thousands of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1930s. Guest: Mae Ngai, professor of immigration history at the University of Chicago.”

Maya Angelou - We Wear the Mask

By tparbs, Feb. 6, 2017

“The Mask,” by Maya Angelou

A Legendary Debate From 1965 - James Baldwin vs William F. Buckley

By Aeon Video, Aug. 13, 2019

The legendary debate that laid down US political lines on race, justice and history. Republished with the permission of The Cambridge Union (https://www.cus.org)

The Legacy of Prop 187

By KQED News, Oct. 28, 2014

Political history was made this week when Kevin DeLeon was sworn in as the first Latino president pro Tem of the California State Senate since 1883. DeLeon got his start in politics in 1994 through organizing against Proposition 187, a controversial ballot measure that sought to prevent illegal immigrants from accessing public services. California voters passed it overwhelmingly, but it was later struck down in federal court. Scott Shafer goes to San Diego to report on the legacy of Prop 187- twenty years later.

We Can't Recover from this History Until We Deal With It

By Harvard Law School, Jan. 30, 2019

Bryan Stevenson '85 discusses the legacy of slavery and the vision behind creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that provides legal assistance to death row prisoners, prisoners facing unduly harsh sentences, and juveniles sentenced as adults.

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

By Literature Today UK, June 10, 2014

Final poem from 'Maya Angelou - Live and Unplugged'

A Conversation About Growing Up Black

By The New York Times, May 8, 2015

In this short documentary, young black men explain the particular challenges they face growing up in America.

Jim Crow of the North: Full-Length Documentary

By TPT Originals, Feb. 25, 2019

Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.

This May be the Last Time

1h 30min | Documentary, Drama, History | 19 January 2014

An investigation into Native American filmmaker Harjo's family history, namely the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather and the songs of encouragement sung by those who searched for him.

American Dreams Deferred

1h 30min | Documentary, Biography, Family | July 2010

An NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family in Fayetteville, North Carolina plagued by ills typifying certain urban settings: chronic health issues, poverty, drugs, jail, HIV, domestic violence and unplanned pregnancies. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island, one takes a journey through the U.S. health care system and the educational pursuits of the next generation. Through the lens of modern-day pride and prejudice, this is a lesson in unconditional love and who attains the American dream.

13th

TV-MA | 1h 40min | Documentary, Crime, News | 7 October 2016

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

The Hate You Give

PG-13 | 2h 13min | Crime, Drama | 19 October 2018

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

If Beale Street Could Talk

R | 1h 59min | Drama, Romance | 25 December 2018

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

When They See Us

TV-MA | 4h 56min | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2019)

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Just Mercy

PG-13 | 2h 17min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 10 January 2020

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Every Girl - Movies, Shows and Documentaries

June 4, 2020 – theeverygirl.com

29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice

Beginning your anti-racist journey

Updated June 8, 2020 – Google doc

Beginning Your Antiracist Journey – Ideas, action steps, lists of articles, videos and books

Anti-racism resources

Google doc

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. Resources such as books, podcasts, articles, films, and organizations to follow on social media

Racial Equity Tools: Book and Film List

Racialequitytools.org

The lists of written resources (books, articles) and videos and films provided here come from a number of organizations. Please use them to learn more about racial equity concepts, issues and strategies.

26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets

issuu.com

This list is designed to celebrate all the ways that our communities can engage in liberation. For a range of reasons, there are and always have been folks who cannot attend rallies and protests but who continue to contribute to ending police and state violence against black people.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Google doc – updated June 12, 2020

This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources.

Brookhaven College Social Justice Library

By Dallas College – Brookhaven Campus

Resources covering civil rights and social justice = including racism, racial injustice, white privilege, microaggressions, xenophobia, stereotyping, diversity, equity, inclusion and more.

List of books, films and podcasts about racism

Wbez.org, June 7, 2020

This list of books, films and podcasts about racism is a start, not a panacea. We've complied a reading list acknowledging that, while it's important to have information, this list is not a prescription.

Diversity and inclusive publications

Association of American College and Universities – aacu.org

Diversity Equity and Inclusive Excellence Publications

Anti-Oppression Guide: Anti-Racism

Google doc - Lesley Library

The Lesley Library stands in solidarity with the Black community to condemn racially motivated acts of violence and commits to dismantling systemic racism. We are devastated by the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many others. We are hurting, but we are not helpless. If you're interested in learning more, we invite you to join us in the coming weeks, as we share resources about the criminal justice system, prisons and policing, privilege and racial bias, how to talk about race, and more.