Anti-Racism Resources

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”   – Angela Y. Davis

We know many of you are looking for ways to engage more deeply with anti-racism. To assist you as you begin, or deepen, your understanding and work on anti-racism topics, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity has put together some of our most recommended resources for addressing this critical concept. For a list of resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion more broadly, visit our office’s Continuing Education Resources List. 

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad. This workbook is small but powerful. Each chapter describes an aspect of white supremacy that many of us, knowing or unknowingly, may be propagating. At the end of each chapter are a series of discussion questions to help you dive deeper and apply what you’ve learned. As the book’s author Saad says, “This isn’t a book you read. It’s a book you do.” Saad’s Instagram also offers a whole host of educational resources and posts about white supremacy and anti-racism.
  • How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Author of the National Book Award winner Stamped From the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, another keystone read for understanding racism, Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist uses personal examples to lead the reader to deeper understanding around how each of us may be acting in racist ways and supporting racist policies, and, in turn, how we can own this history to help us become anti-racist.
  • Rachel Cargle’s The Great Unlearn. Rachel Cargle, activist, educator, speaker, and writer, has created a brilliant self-priced and self-paced learning community to unlearn racism and step fully into anti-racism that features downloads, live events, and new resources each month. Visit patreon.com/thegreatunlearn to join. Cargle’s Instagram is also full of her antiracist writing and reflections on the world.

 

The following list of resources is pulled from the Anti-Racism Resources document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

Resources for parents to raise anti-racist children:

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Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out: