Anti-Racism Tools and Resources
In order for us to evolve into a society that views each and every person equally, we must be willing to unlearn the lessons taught to us by a system of oppression.
This resource guide is invaluable but it is just a supplement to the actual work that needs to be done.
These articles, podcasts, and books listed below, and many more, will make you uncomfortable.
That is the point.
They are meant to make you sit and listen to unamplified voices.
You will learn about the prejudices, injustices, and violence imparted on the BIPOC community. About the cunning ways society has worked to belittle communities that built and sustained this country. What these stories will not do is give you an exact blueprint about how you go out and fight racism.
This is a journey you will have to take on your own. Through self reflection. Through conversation. These resources will not only broaden your knowledge, they will broaden your perspective. While you read and listen, pay attention not only to the words flowing, but to your own thoughts that might arise.
Are you questioning why something is being said?
Do you agree or disagree with something?
How is it making you feel?
Ask these questions of yourself then reflect on why you are asking these questions or having these feelings. Through this journey, you will begin to learn about your own biases; we all have them.
When you start to learn them, and address them, only then will you be able to start your journey towards anti-racism and pull away from the single point-of-view mindset.
Some terms to know before you start
Black Indigeounous and People of Color
“A conversational tactic that dismisses the ideas being communicated when they are perceived to be delivered in an angry, frustrated, sad, fearful, or otherwise emotionally charged manner.”
Trauma that occurred several generations removed from the current generation but is still being felt, impacting emotional, mental, and physical health.
Taking and adopting as one’s own the cultural practices of another cultural group without the specific consent of that group. You may have heard about this in the music, food (and this one by the BBC), fashion, and other creative fields/industries. This is almost always done without acknowledgment of the history and meaning behind what is being appropriated.
“Racial gaslighting often comes about when a victim is led to doubt and question their own sense of reality with regard to racism”
– Angelique Davis to the BBC.
Books are a means to step into a different world. Everyone’s story is different and yet, you will find in these books, there is much overlap. We encourage you to read these through the lens of an active reader; read outloud, take notes, highlight. At the end of each chapter, summarize what you just read. As you continue to read these books and many more during your journey, you will build a foundation that will help you recognize injustices and fight back.
- Me and White Supremacy- Layla Saad. Buy from here
- Read her interview with TIME here
- Check your privilege**-Myisha T. Hill (follow their insta) Buy from here, here or from an indie store near you
- The Bluest Eye- Toni Morrisson. Buy from here, here, or from an indie store near you
- Sister Citizen- Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America- Melissa V. Harris-Perry. Buy from here, here, or from an indie store near you
- Brown Bohemians: Honoring the Light and Magic of Our Creative Community- Vanessa Vernon and Morgan Ashley. Buy from here, or from an indie store near you
- Twisted:The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture – Emma Dabiri. Buy from here, or from and indie store near you
- So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
- Waking Up White Debby Irving
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
- How to be an Antiracist Ibram X Kendi
- Friends on the Path Thich Nhat Hanh
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown
- Mindful of Race Ruth King
- The Inner Work of Racial Justice Rhonda Magee
- Emergent Strategy adrienne maree brown
- Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (Justice, Power, and Politics) Monica M. White
- Pan-African Social Ecology: Speeches, Conversations, and Essays Modibo Kadalie
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Swami Satchidananda
- Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma Dr. Gail Parker
- Gather Octavia F. Raheem
- Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Rage Lama Rod Owens
- Why a White Space? AWARE-LA
- Roots Deeper than Whiteness David Dean, with White Awake
- 10 Things Everyone Should Know About White Supremacy Alter Net
- Too Many POC Feel Uncomfortable at Work Harvard Business Review
- Why I’m Done Talking About Diversity Literary Hub
- Being Black–but not too Black–In the Workplace The Atlantic
- Asian Americans Feel Held Back at Work by Stereotypes The Atlantic
- The Case for Reparations The Atlantic
- Summary of White Supremacy Culture Changework
- Racial Equity Stages CORE
- The Key to Healing Whiteness is Understanding Cultural Somatic Context Selfish Activist
- Power Dynamics: The Hidden Element to Effective Meetings Kelly Bates, Curtis Ogden, Cynthia Silva Parker
- Understanding Whiteness Calgary Anti-Racism Education
- Racism is Killing the Planet Hop Hopkins, Sierra Club
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You’ve read the books and the articles, now here’s what you can do with it
- Create a “safer space” (“safe” looks different for everyone) for everyone. The article was specifically meant for larger conference-like settings, but the steps to create an inclusive, safer space, can be scaled down for smaller groups.
- Learn how to be a better ally here
- Create (or join) an affinity group
- Create an equity discussion group
- Why We’re All Suffering from Racial Trauma (Even White People) — and How to Handle It Resmaa Menakem on Ten Percent Happier
- Whiteness is Deified Trauma Tad Hargrave on Healing Culture Podcast
- Seeing White (series) from Scene on Radio
- 1619 Project (series) from NYTimes
- The Black (Un)Conscious Dr Justin Hopkins
- “The Man Who Teaches Our Cops To Kill” from Behind the Bastards
- Historically Black APM Reports & The Washington Post
- Nice White Parents New York Times x Serial. Read the partner piece here.
- Practicing Self-Care While Dismantling Everyday Racism w/ Monique Melton from Balanced Black Girl Podcast
- What is Anti-Racism and Why You’re Not Doing it Part 1 and Part 2 from Shine Brighter Together
John Powell- Othering and Belonging from Mind and Life
Videos, Music, and Movies
- Bom Bom Shankara Marti Nikko and D.J Drez
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary)- Netflix, Amazon Prime
- There Is No Neutral with Michelle Johnson Michelle Johnson discusses how she has combined her passion for social justice with her yoga and healing practice. She discusses how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit, and heart and how spiritual spaces and yoga communities can have a restorative impact on lives. Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an activist, author, yogi, healer and social change influencer.
- Race: The Power of an Illusion (three 1-hour episodes from PBS, rent on Vimeo for $4.99 for 1 week)
- Fruitvale Station- Rent on Amazon, Youtube, or Apple Movies
- Ken Burns- The Central Park Five- Watch for free on PBS
- The Hate U Give- Hulu, HBO Max and Go, Amazon Prime
- Clemency — Rent on Hulu or Amazon
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Community Conversation | The Intersectionality of Yoga for Black Teachers and Practitioners In this edition of Community Conversations, a BIPOC panel including Yoga Alliance employees will engage in open conversation about how racism has affected their lives as yoga teachers and practitioners and their experiences navigating yoga spaces.”
Talking About Race with Kids
- This TEDx talk with Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race”.
- NPR talk with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to break the cycle of white silence
- NPR talk to Jeanette Betancourt and Beverly Daniel Tatum about discussing race with children
- 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
- Nat Geo’s “Talking to Kids about Race”
- Strategies for talking about race with kids
- Time article on why white parents need to do more than talk talk to their kids on racism
- Research on bias starting in infancy to back up bias starting in infancy- here and here
- Antiracist Baby- Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky. Buy here, here, or at local indie shop near you
- Amazing list of resources compiled by PBS, from books to articles and even a couple videos, on the importance of discussing race and diversity with your children.
- 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race
- The Golden Rule– Talking about diversity and tolerance, while also navigating the topics of racism and prejudice can be difficult, but it is a lifelong journey, one that starts in early childhood. The Golden Rule helps parents have these discussions with their kids, breaking it down by age group.
- 30 Books on Diversity to Read to your Child
- Diverse storylines– There doesn’t necessarily have to be a lesson- just showing kids a diverse cast of characters and protagonists can make a huge difference!
- ADL article on how to talk about race with kids
- AHA! Parenting post on talking (broken down by age group) about racism, police brutality, and protests
- WhenWeAllVote has put together amazing resources, from knowing your rights to state-by-state information. Not sure if you’re registered? You can check here!
- Vote.org lists polling stations, gives you election reminders, and helps you register to vote, and more! Better yet, they have broken it up by state.
- 2020 is more than the Presidential election. State legislators and governors will also be up for election this November. These are just as important, so it is extremely important that you read up on the candidates in your state!
- There is A LOT of information floating around regarding the elections. Every media outlet has something to say about what is going on in the political sphere. While it is super important to stay up to date, it is equally as important to know what it is you are reading (media literacy)
- The GoodTrade has listed a few news resources and podcasts, as well as apps that are more neutral in their reporting.
- CNN listed 25 ways to be (and stay) politically active, no matter which direction you might lean
- Donate- If you have the financial ability, this may seem like an obvious first step, but donations, no matter how small, can be incredibly helpful!
- You can support these 50 Black Yogis and Yoga Studios
- Buy from the BIPOC community
- @Buyfrombipoc– Instagram account that promotes BIPOC creatives
- Rachel Rickettes (@iamrachelricketts) put together an amazing list of places you can shop to boost the BIPOC economy
- Continue to uplift marginalized voices
- Don’t stay silent- Silence=complicity. If you see something, say something. If you’re not sure how to be an effective bystander, take a bystander intervention training, IHollaback offers great, free trainings. Make sure to check back periodically to see their updated schedule. They also have great resources for you to check out!
- This is a lifelong journey! Anti-Racism Daily created a document with “Lifestyle Changes to Help You Do Sustainable, Long Term Anti-Racist Work”
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