There have been many, many decades of coherent & moving public arguments and non-violent actions led by BAME groups, yet racism still persists and runs deeply within Western culture & institutions.

It is essential for (especially white) people to understand what racism & white privilege is, how they work, why so many of us are blind to it and to choose to open our eyes.

Educating ourselves and looking within will lead us to actions and choices that support a better world.  As always, self-awareness is the seed of change.

If you want to dive into the resources scroll below the purple and get started! 

It’s an excellent list created by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein  {brought to my attention by Elena Brower} with  resources to use with your children as well.  Please share with others.  

Or ~ to go a little deeper into the nature of racism, why it is so pervasive and mostly unconscious act…please read this amazing quote from Scott Woods:

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that.

Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not.  

Racism is an insidious cultural disease.  It is so insidious that it doens’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it is still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you.

Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation.  Privilegde is another.  Access is another.  Ignorance is another.  Apathy is another.  And so on.

So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we are immediately born into.  It is like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe.

It is not a cold that you can get over.  There is no anti-racist certification class.  It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world.

It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it.  I know it’s hartd work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
– Scott Woods

Anti-Racism Resources

Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

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SPECIFIC RESOURCES FOR WHITE PARENTS TO RAISE EQUALITY MINDED, PRIVILIDGE AWARE, ANTI-RACIST CHILDREN:

BOOKS:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

PODCASTS:

Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Fare of the Free Child podcast

ARTICLES:

PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

{For ADULTS}

ARTICLES:

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists

”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

The Combahee River Collective Statement

“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

VIDEOS:

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)

“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)

PODCASTS TO SUBSCRIBE TO:

1619 (New York Times)

About Race

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:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

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

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

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

FILMS & TV SERIES:

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

 

ORGANISATIONS TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Antiracism Center: Twitter

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

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

RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

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

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

MORE ANTI_RACISM RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT: 

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Anti-Racism Project

Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)

Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources

Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism

Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac

Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits

“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie

Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials

 

Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

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