Antiracism Resources

In an essay for the New York Times, acclaimed professor, award-winning author, and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi dove into the topic of how to combat racism:

“No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way.
We can only strive to be “anti-racist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”

“No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “anti-racist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.

We learn early the racist notion that white people have more because they are more; that people of color have less because they are less. I had internalized this worldview by my high school graduation, seeing myself and my race as less than other people and blaming other blacks for racial inequities.

To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing.”

In order to do this, we have to educate ourselves. We can learn about covert white supremacy, follow organizations leading the way for racial equity and justice, watch films, listen to podcasts, and read books. This doesn’t need to be seen as a chore, but can instead be seen as an opportunity — an opportunity to better understand ourselves, love our neighbors, and become the change we wish to see.

This list was adapted from the Anti-racism Resources for White People Google Doc compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein. Because the document was being shared by so many people so quickly, the link from our viral post kept breaking. For those having problems accessing the document, we’ve pasted here.

Any resource additions made based on community feedback are indicated with a *. We’ve linked to Amazon for maximum accessibility, but if you’re able, please support local (black-owned) bookshops by using Bookshop.org. Some links are affiliate links — 100% of commissions from this page during the month of June will be donated directly to organizations doing important work for racial justice and equality. (Here are the receipts) Leave a comment on Instagram if you have more recommendations.

Antiracism articles to read:

Podcasts for learning about racial justice & equality:

Books to read to learn about antiracism:

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Resources for white parents to raise antiracist children:

Books for Teaching Kids Antiracism:

Podcasts for Parents to Learn About Antiracism:

Articles for Parents to Learn About Antiracism

Films & TV series to watch to learn about the history of racial justice and equality:

Netflix

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay)
  • American Son (Kenny Leon)
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien)
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)

Hulu

  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada)
    via Cinemax
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
    via Cinemax

HBO

  • King In The Wilderness
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality*

Rent

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
    Free in the U.S. in June
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
    Also available on Kanopy via your library
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)

Organizations to follow on social media & donate to:

Videos to watch:

More antiracism resources to check out:

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