Resources for Anti-Racism

This moment in history feels big. It is a time when people all over the country are demanding some real and sustainable changes as the world watches. And it feels like a time when a lot of us can do something, but most of us do not know where to even start because the challenges are both large and small, society wide, yet individual at the same time. 

We need to commit ourselves to not just prove we are not racist, but make actionable change to become anti-racist. We are anti-racist when we take action. We are anti-racist when we oppose racist policies. We are anti-racist when we promote equality in our lives and our culture. The story of racism in this country is all of ours to own. Therefore, the ugly story of prejudice is ours to fix. All of us.

Here is the thing. Healing is going to be messy. We are going to offend, ask the wrong questions, talk when we should be listen; but history has proven that NOT having the conversations are far more dangerous than having UNCOMFORTABLE conversations.

Below is a list of resources to take action with your mind, your money, your time, your vote and your parenting. This list evolved out of conversations, frustration with not knowing what to do or how to do it. This list has contributions from men, women, people of color and white. This list is daunting, yet just the tip of the iceberg of available resources. This list is also proof that you can take steps for justice within the walls or your own home.

Not all of us have been called to be major change-makers, taking up big space in the world and making a monumental difference in history. However, the principal of the butterfly effect is applicable in the fight to change systemic racism in our country. The concept is that small things have non-linear impacts on complex systems. The seemingly small choices we make in our homes, neighborhoods, churches, schools, businesses, political systems can promote change on a much larger scale.   

Rather than continue to wonder how we can help, browse this list. Commit to take action in one or two areas. Be patient with yourself and kind to others. As Dr. King encouraged us, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” 

TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR MIND:

ARTICLES TO READ:

America Must Listen to Its Wounds by Rev. William Barber

Are You Sure You Aren’t Racist? by Jodi Picoult

The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi

What You’re Seeing is People Pushed to the Edge by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Explainer: White Nationalism

VIDEOS TO WATCH:

Black Feminism & Movement for Black Lives

How to Make Racism a Solvable Problem – and Improve Policing 

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion  

My Descent into America’s Neo-Nazi Movement 

Revolution Now 

Ted Talks to Help Us Understand Racism in America 

PODCASTS TO SUBSCRIBE:

1619 (New York Times)

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White

BOOKS TO READ:

NON-FICTION

Biased by Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

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

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century by Grace Lee Boggs

Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

White Rage by Dr. Carol Anderson

Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

FICTION

The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

TV SERIES AND MOVIES TO WATCH:

Documentaries/Docuseries

13th — Netflix

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — PBS

I Am Not Your Negro — Rental

Time: The Kaliff Browder Story – Netflix

The Story of Us – Netflix

King In The Wilderness  — HBO

TV Series

Dear White People— Netflix

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – Netflix

When They See Us — Netflix

Movies

American Son — Netflix

The Best of Enemies – Rental

If Beale Street Could Talk  — Hulu

Blackklansman – Rental

Just Mercy — Rental

The Hate U Give — Hulu 

Fruitvale Station — Rental

Selma — Rental

See You Yesterday — Netflix

ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW:

Antiracism Research and Policy Center: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Action PAC: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Grassroots Law Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Good Black News: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The North Star: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Southern Poverty Law Center: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR VOTE:

Register to Vote

Vote By Mail

Voter Registration Deadlines

When We All Vote

Get Election Reminders

TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR MONEY:

ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO:

American Civil Liberties Union

Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Blackout Collective

Campaign Zero 

Know Your Rights Camp

Minnesota Freedom Fund

My Block My Hood My City

NAACP

Off the Street Club

Open Books

Reclaim the Block

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SUPPORT MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

Black-owned Fashion and Beauty Brands

Find Black-owned Businesses Near You

TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR TIME:

REGISTER VOTERS:

Millions of Americans miss the opportunity to vote because they don’t know how to register or they miss their state’s deadline to register.  

Host a Social Media Registration Event

Get Three Friends to Vote

CHALLENGE RACISM:

Call Out Racism When You See It

Six Steps to Speak Up

Respond to Racism: Racism. It Stops with Me

SIGN PETITIONS:

Color of Change – Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People 

Black Futures Lab – Sign The Black Agenda 2020

VOLUNTEER:

Search Volunteer Database

Mentor – Big Brothers Big Sisters

TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR PARENTING:

VIDEOS TO WATCH:

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory 

Life of Privilege Explained in a $100 Race

Systemic Racism Explained 

The Doll Test

BOOKS TO READ:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance

PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:

Parenting Forward with Cindy Wang Brandt

Fare of the Free Child Podcast

Teaching Your Kids About Racism and Bias

Why and How to Talk to Your Kids About Skin Tone and Race

How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist 

ARTICLES TO READ:

PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

White Parents: Here’s How to (and How Not to) Talk to Your Kids About Racism

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids  

SITES TO FOLLOW:

MORE ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES