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Resources for Anti-Racist Self Study

June 5th, 2020

Unsure about where to start educating away the racism that America has socialized us all into? This list is full of resources to help facilitate critical reflection, self-awareness, and introspection which are all essential skills in anti-racism work. They tackle criminal justice, the Black experience in America, and so much more. If you’re open to it, this literature could be the start of a beautifully evolving you. Consider, if you get the chance, LISTENING to “Between The World & Me” and “Just Mercy”! Hearing the words read by the authors is SO rewarding…also those two were my favs. Between The World & Me was the first time I felt seen in literature. I invite you to message me (either here or on one of my social media platforms) with resources you think can add to this list! 

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Book List:

  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • White Fragility By Robin Diangelo

  • Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson

  • White Rage By Carol Anderson

  • The Color of Law By Richard Rothstein

  • Slavery By Another Name By Douglas Blackmon

  • Been In The Storm So Long By Leon Litwack

  • Remembering Slavery Edited By Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, & Steven F. Miller

  • Talking To Strangers By Malcolm Gladwell

  • The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

  • Push Out By Monique Morris

  • How To Be An Anti-Racist By Ibram X. Kendi

  • Stamped By Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Half Has Never Been Told By Edward Baptist

  • Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis

  • When Affirmative Action Was White By Ira Katz Nelson 

  • In The Courts of The Conqueror By Walter R. Echo-Hawk

  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together By Beverly D. Tatum

  • The Fire Next Time By James Baldwin 

  • White American Youth By Christian Picciolini 

  • Race Against Time By Jerry Mitchell 

  • A Colony In A Nation By Chris Hayes

  • Doing Justice By Preet Bahara 

  • They Were Her Property By Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

  • The History of White People By Nell Irvin Painter

  • We Were Eight Years In Power By Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The Man-Not By Tommy Curry

  • Race Matters By Cornel West

  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois

  • Barracoon By Zora Neale Hurston

  • Rights Talk By Mary Ann Glendon

  • The Alchemy of Race & Rights By Patricia J. Williams

  • Killing the Black Body By Dorothy Roberts

  • Fatal Invention By Dorothy Roberts

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Documentary List:

  • 13th On Netflix

  • Slavery By Another Name on PBS

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome on Youtube

  •  I Am Not Your Negro on Amazon Prime

  • The Kalief Browder Story on Netflix

  • Traces of The Trade 

  • Crime and Punishment on Hulu

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Podcast List:

1. White Lies on NPR

2. Serial Season 3

3. Code Switch on NPR

4. The NYT 1619 

5. Yo, Is This Racist?

6. Pod Save The People with DeRay

7. Seeing White

8. Higher Learning

9. The Breakdown

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Article List (each item is hyperlink):

1. When Slave Owners Got Reparations

2. Feminism Is White Supremacy In Heels

3. The Case for Reparations

4. The NYT 1619 Project 

5. The Great Land Robbery

6. Mapping The Margins

7. When Blacks Tried to Unionize in The South

8. Not Just Racism, Anti-Blackness

9. With Racial Segregation Declining Between Neighborhoods, Segregation Now Taking New Form 

10. The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.

11. Neighborhoods and The Black-White Mobility Gap

12. You Want A Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument.

13. The 1968 Kerner Commission Got It Right, But Nobody Listened. 

14. How Hamilton’s Production Gets Race Wrong.  

15. Racism in Romancelandia

16. A History of Racism Imploded the Romance Publishing World. Can It Change?

17. The History of Racism in America’s Ice-cream Song

18. The Dictionary Changed The Definition of Racism & It Can Help Win Cases. 

19. What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo.

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Digital and Physical Spaces:

1. The Great Unlearn

2. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

3. The Whitney Plantation

4. National Museum of African American History and Culture

5. Jim Crow Museum

6. Without Sanctuary.org 

7. Ethical Reporting of Native Americans (hyperlink)

8. The African-American Policy Forum (hyperlink)

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Fiction Collection:

1. The Water Dancer

2. The Bluest Eye

3. The Deep

4. Broken Earth Trilogy

5. Marvel’s Black Panther

6. Mississippi Burning

The Aspiring Anti-Racist Short Videos:

1.Kimberle Crenshaw: Race, Gender, Inequality, and Intersectionality

2. Jody David Armour: Unconscious Bias: The Social Construction of Black Criminals  

3. What to My People is The Fourth of July?