Ibram X. Kendi, an American historian and an expert voice in racism, explains:

“What’s the problem with being ‘not racist’? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: ‘I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.’ But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle…One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’ The claim of ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.”

Anti-Racism Resources:

 

Articles to read:

“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 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)

“75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” by Corinne Shutack

Videos to watch:
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)
The Combahee River Collective Statement
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

 

 

Anti-Racist Book Stack by Artist: Jane Mount

 

Anti-Racism Booklist for Adults

  • America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Mindful of Race by Ruth King
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • 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 Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand
  • 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
  • When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

 

 

Anti-Racist Book Stack for Children by Artist: Jane Mount

 

 

Anti-Racism Booklist for Children

  • A Child’s Introduction to African American History by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Lynn Gaines
  • A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing, illustrated by Paulina Morgan
  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
  • Born a Crime (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham & Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
  • Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
  • Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo
  • I Am Not a Number by Dr. Jenny K. Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Skin Again by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano PhD, Marietta Collins PhD, & Ann Hazzard PhD, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • The Power Book by Claire Saunders, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, Minna Salami, Mik Scarlett, & Hazel Songhurst, illustrated by Joelle Avelino
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand
  • This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
  • When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  • Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko & Sean Qualls
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne, illustrated by Theodore Taylor, III
  • You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson