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We believe that learning about our history, learning about others, and learning about ourselves are important explorations. Systemic racism undermines our society. We must all work to foster new social structures based on respect, inclusion, and justice. Here is a list of just some of the resources available to address issues of systemic racism, white supremacy, and privilege.

Being Anti-Racist
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art & History created a comprehensive Anti-Racist guide to answer the number one question the museum has received since opening the museum: how to talk about race. The guide talks about anti-racism, racism, implicit bias, and more. 

What is the Black Lives Matter Movement?
Read on the BLM Website.
Black Lives Matter, the movement & the statement, are being talked about a lot in the media. Find out what this organization is from the source. 

Institutionalized Racism: a syllabus 
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and other materials. Published articles are grounded in peer-reviewed research and provide free access to that research for all. This syllabus helps readers understand the broader pattern of institutionalized racism that connects the recent deaths of black people in America to thousands of other deaths of people who were killed because they were “black in America” throughout this country’s history. 

How to Be an Ally
An open source starter guide created by Amélie Lamont to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.

Why You Need to Stop Saying All Lives Matter by Rachel Cargyle
Rachel Cargyle, an anti-racist educator, academic, and writer, explains in Harper’s Bazar why stating the black lives matter does not mean that other lives do not matter. 

Stop Asian Hate
The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition to track and respond to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Invisibility is the Modern Form of Racism Against Native Americans
An overview of the racism and neglect faced by Native Americans in the United States. “The prevailing ignorance about Native people does not stem from individual failings but rather from the systemic erasure of Native people from K-12 education, mainstream news, and pop culture.”

Reclaiming Native Truth
“Reclaiming Native Truth is a national effort to foster cultural, social and policy change by empowering Native Americans to counter discrimination, invisibility and the dominant narratives that limit Native opportunity, access to justice, health and self-determination. Reclaiming Native Truth’s goal is to move hearts and minds toward greater respect, inclusion and social justice for Native Americans.”

For a longer list of recommended books, go here.

For a longer list of recommended films, go here. 

For Adults

Minor Feelings: an Asian American reckoning by Cathy Hong
“A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. Hong blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America.”

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor By Layla Saad
Book   eBook   Streaming Audiobook
Layla Saad, an anti-racist author and teacher, teaches readers in this book how to dismantle the privilege within themselvesthrough historical and cultural contexts, stories and anecdotes, and expanded definitions, examples, and resources. 

Caste: the origin of our discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Book   Audiobook
“An eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today.”

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Book    eBook    Streaming Audiobook
Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. The New Jim Crow is an influential, carefully researched work that argues that Jim Crow laws and legal racial segregation have been replaced by mass incarceration

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Book   eBook    Streaming Audiobook
The question isn’t are you a racist or not. The question is, are you racist or anti-racist. This book is “for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formations of a truly just and equitable society.”

Inventing Latinos: a new story of American racism by Laura E. Gomez
Book  eBook  Streaming Audiobook
“Part history, part guide for the future, Inventing Latinos argues that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic identity–an identity that is impacting everything we think we know about race in America.”

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Book   Steaming Audiobook
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. 

The Racial Healing Workbook by Anneliese A. Singh
A powerful and practical guide to help you navigate racism, challenge privilege, manage stress and trauma, and begin to heal.

The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
“McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to Maine, tallying up what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm–the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others.”

For Teens

This book is anti-racist : 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell
This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. 

Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you by Jason Reynolds
Based off of the book Stamped from the Beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram Kendi.
A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning

We Are Not Yet Equal: understanding our racial divide by Carol Anderson
The YA adaptation brings Emory University Professor Carol Anderson’s ideas to a new audience. The book examines 5 important moments in history and the racist backlash. This YA adaptation is written in an approachable narrative style with additional context including photos. 


For Kids

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano
Streaming Audiobook
Following a police shooting, two families – one White and one Black – discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help.

An indigenous peoples’ history of the United States for young people by Jean Mendoza
“Going beyond the story of America as a country “discovered” by a few brave men in the “New World,” Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity. The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history.”

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

We rise, we resist, we raise our voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.

We are the change : words of inspiration from civil rights leaders 
Presents quotes on civil rights from important and influential figures, including Queen Lili’uokalani, John Lewis, Nina Simone, and Barack Obama.

Can I touch your hair? : poems of race, mistakes, and friendship by Irene Latham
Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, present paired poems about topics including family dinners, sports, recess, and much more. This relatable collection explores different experiences of race in America.

For a longer list of recommended books, go here.

For a longer list of recommended films, go here. 


“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.

Code Switch
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.

Momentum: a race forward podcast
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.

Yo, Is this Racist?
Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome along with guests provide funny yet insightful answers to questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is racist. 

Come Through
Culture writer, editor, and producer Rebecca Carroll sits down with high-profile guests for in-depth chats with a focus on race.


Individual Episodes

The Daily- The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning
“Listen to Claudia Rankine reflect on the precariousness of being black in America. Her words were written five years ago, after Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, killed nine black people at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. We are revisiting her reflections now that they have — yet again — been rendered relevant.”

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
“Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work is critical to our changing world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative.”

Armchair Expert: Ibram X. Kendi
“Dax Shepard and Monica Padman speak with Ibram X. Kendi is an American author and historian who teaches at American University. Ibram sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the definitions of racism vs. anti-racism, the importance of acknowledging moments of racism in your life and his own racist beliefs that he has worked on shedding.”

Revisionist History with Malcom Gladwell: Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
Brown v Board of Education might be the most well-known Supreme Court decision, a major victory in the fight for civil rights. But in Topeka, the city where the case began, the ruling has left a bittersweet legacy. RH hears from the Browns, the family behind the story.



Chicago Humanities Festival: Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore is a reporter on race, class, and communities for WBEZ Chicago and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. This playlist includes a series of events Moore has been a part of for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Her programs feature conversations with Black Americans including Eve Ewing, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and more.

Aspen Institute: How to Be an Anti-Racist with Ibram X. Kendi
Professor and author Ibram X. Kendi speaks at a recorded conversation during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival about the actions that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism.

Big Think: Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story with Robin DiAngelo
Professor and author Robin DiAngelo speaks about roadblocks to equality and how to take action to dismantle systemic racism.

Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America
“From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these talks take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward.”

21 Anti-Racism Videos to Share with Kids
We are Teachers compiled a list of videos to explain complex topics to young audiences.

The Long Shadow
In an astonishingly candid look at the history of anti-black racism in the United States, THE LONG SHADOW traces the blunt imposition of white privilege and its ultimate manifestation-slavery. Causey and Holst conclude that, without a doubt, artifacts of slavery remain at work in American society today.

By Blood
A chronicle of American Indians of African descent battling to regain their tribal citizenship. BY BLOOD explores the impact of this battle, which has manifested into a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people.

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

Just Mercy
A 2019 legal drama starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx tells the true story of Walter McMillian who appeals his murder conviction with his attorney Bryan Stevenson. The book is based on a memoir by Stevenson.

We Shall Remain
A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history.

The Hate U Give
Based off the best-selling and award-winning book by Angie Thomas, this film stars Amandla Stenberg. The story follows a teenager’s experience of watching a friend killed by the police and how she finds her voice.

Asian Americans
This series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, and cultural innovation. It is a timely look at the role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation.

I Am Not Your Negro
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

The Talk: Race in America
The film documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

White Like Me: Race, Racism, & White Privilege in America
Acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise explores reace and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. 

Papers: stories of undocumented youth
The story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status in the United States.

Black Stories Matter
Black lives matter and so do Black stories. Check out this list of Black stories by Black authors including YA, rom coms, and more.

How to Diversify Your Children’s Bookshelves
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich outlines ways to increase diversity in your kids reading materials on Brightly.

#BLACKPUBLISHINGPOWER Initiative Urges Readers to Buy Books by Black Authors
Learn about the publishing world and Black authors.

19 Black TV Shows Worth Adding to Your Must Watch List
Check out great stories about Black people on TV.

21 Day Race Habit Building Challenge
Fighting racism and white privilege in ourselves is about building new habits. Here is a plan with an accountability tracker  from Dr Eddie Moore Jr to help further your understanding of power, privilege, and equity.

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work By Tiffany Jewell
Download this book on Hoopla Digital. Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, writes about racism and oppression around the world and then walks readers through ways to be empowered to actively defy racism and xenophobia to create a community that supports everyone.

Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life

75 Things White People Can Do

Indigenous Canada
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues.

Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
Resource Guide for Parents from PBS

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids
Common Sense Media outlines how movies, tv, and books can be powerful anti-racism tools to help kids understand race, racism, and the history of racial oppression.

The Conscious Kid- Instagram Account
An instagram account with parenting and education resources and information.

Black Pain, Black Joy, and Racist Fear: Supporting Black Children in a Hostile World
A guide to help parents support the wellbeing of Black children.

“I [Still] Can’t Breath”: Supporting Kids of Color Amid Racialized Violence
Embrace Race webinar and transcript of presentation/interview with Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, a clinical child psychologist.

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race
A resource round up from Pretty Good.

Raising Race Conscious Children
A Resource for talking about race with children from

Raising White Kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
“This is a book for families, churches, educators and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions.”$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:2096930/ada?qu=raising+white+children&d=ent%3A%2F%2FSD_ILS%2F0%2FSD_ILS%3A2096930%7EILS%7E0&h=8

Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? : and other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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American Psychological Association- Unmute your feelings
Ways to process your emotions and protect your mental health. 

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)- Black Mental Health Resources
Mental health and wellness resources available for people of color. 

The Loveland Foundation- Therapy Fund
Find out about this organizations’ funding for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort

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