Articles / Compilations
- The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List– Compilation by Brea Baker, Parade Magazine.
- The suggestion from Lori Lander is to read or listen or watch one thing every day. Lori Lander is one of those people who knows everyone and opens her home once a month for breakfast meetings on topics of interest to the Cambridge community. Once she started doing Zoom, they have been weekly. In one of her emails, there are links to kids from the Cambridge High School Black Student Union talking about the micro-aggressions she feels occur at the school. I found that interesting to hear from these kids and to see how things eventually evolved in a better direction.
Access Lori’s Breakfast Gathering Racial Justice Resources.
- Here is a good social justice book list for adults from the Skokie, Illinois Public Library and another for kids from EmbraceRace.org.
- Les médias américains ne comprennent pas la gravité de la lutte dans laquelle la France est engagée
- The Axios Hard Truths newsletter is a year-long project to go deeper and explain how race and inequality holds us back (in areas of politics, education, voting, …) https://www.axios.com/hard-truths
- America’s Lost Towns of Black Affluence https://www.messynessychic.com/2020/08/21/americas-lost-towns-of-black-affluence/
- Kwanzaa’s Principles and Traditions https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/21/dining/kwanzaa-seven-principles.html
- To Dismantle Tyranny, We Need Racial Integration
- Prince Henry Finally Takes on White Privilege: His Own: NYT
- Ibram X. Kendi Likes to Read at Bedtime: NYT
- Opinion: The Way Out of American’s Zero-Sum Thinking on Race and Wealth, NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/opinion/race-economy-inequality-civil-rights.html?fbclid=IwAR1HcYUGVlFJDW5fqr6r-SoqCspnay8HuDb-QK05uG0JMM79pD0QTb3n1iM
- A Drained Swimming Pool Shows how Racism Harms White People, too, CNN https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/us/heather-mcghee-racism-white-people-blake/index.html
- Opinion: We Need To Put A Name to this Violence: NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/opinion/asian-american-violence-race.html?referringSource=articleShare
- How a Rapping Librarian Became a Right-Wing Anti-Cancel Culture Hero, Rolling Stones https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/jodi-shaw-smith-college-bari-weiss-rapping-librarian-1132010/
- Inside a Battle over Race, Class, and Power at Smith College, NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html?fbclid=IwAR3ORdraP8OgsUQKrOkmCc-eDFJuLeIeoKfF4LwArea5MHKA5F0QtOStLDA
- The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew. NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/magazine/waged-housework.html?referringSource=articleShare
- How Can White Teachers Teach Black History? Six Things You Need to Know, Ed Week https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-how-can-white-teachers-teach-black-history-six-things-you-need-to-know/2021/02
- The Scars of Solitary: Albert Woodfox on Freedom after 44 years in a Concrete Cell, the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/19/albert-woodfox-interview-solitary-confinement-44-years
- Opinion Anti-Asian Racism Isn’t New, NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/asian-americans-racism.html?referringSource=articleShare
- Guardians of the Year, Time
- Rembrandt and Slavery: Did the great painter have links to this abhorrent trade?, The Guardian
- Will America’s Ideas tear France Apart, NYT
- George Floyd’s Killing Forces Wider debate on France’s Slave-Trading Past, NYT
- Voting Laws Round-Up, Brennan Center for Justice
- A Painter Explores his Royal Roots, NYT
COVID-19 mortality rates by race/ethnicity and age, Family Inequality
Napoleon Isn’t a Hero to Celebrate, NYT Opinion
Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents, The Washington Post (.pdf below)
History of Maine Statehood, Heather Cox Richardson, Mar 14, 2021
- Four Hundred Soulsedited by Keisha N. Blain & Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk about Raceby Ijeoma Oluo
- A Class Divided: Then and Nowby Williams Peters – About a teacher’s experiment in teaching racial consciousness to third-graders in 1970. It’s intense.
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontentsby Isabel Wilkerson
- There Thereby Tommy Orange
- Witnessing Whiteness: First Steps Toward An Antiracist Practice and Cultureby Shelly Tochluk
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- A People’s History of the United Statesby Howard Zinn – There is also a website, https://www.zinnedproject.org/ for the Zinn Education Project about how to teach this in schools.
- Americanahby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Warmth of the other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migrationby Isabel Wilkerson
- What does it mean to be white?; Developing White Racial Literacyby Robin DiAngelo
- The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Proper Togetherby Heather McGhee
- A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration and the Future of Americanby Calvin Baker
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeousby Ocean Vuong
- The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm Xby Les Payne & Tamara Payne
- Raoul Peck published a companion bookto his documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro (see Film/TV/Video section) also entitled, I Am Not Your Negro. Raoul Peck is a Haitian filmmaker, of both documentary and feature films, and a political activist.
- The Autobiography of Malcolm Xis really a good read to understand his point of view and the evolution of his beliefs.
- The AAWE Bookniks have discussesIf Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
- The book that really helped me understand racism is Native Sonby Richard Wright. Required reading for every American I say.
- Two books by Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Toni’s characters allow us to experience their trauma, at two different times in American history.
- Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire– The Sunday Times bestseller by Akala.
- Black and British: A Forgotten Historyby David Olusoga
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race– The Sunday Times bestseller by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment, by Amelia Gentleman.
- How To Be an Antiracist,by Ibram X. Kendi.
- How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality, byAdam Rutherford.
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,by Robin DiAngelo.
- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the Worldby Layla Saad.
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemptionby Bryan Stevenson.
- A Collar In My Pocket: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise, by Jane Elliott.
- Black History Month Library (African American)
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Manby Emmanuel Acho
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divideby Carol Anderson
- Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in FranceBy Jean Beaman
- Pedagogy of the Oppressedby Paulo Freire
- From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Centuryby William A. Darity & A. Kirsten Mullen
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessby Michelle Alexander
- Beyond your Bubble: How to Connect Across Political Divide, Skills and Strategies that WorkBy Dr. Tania Israel
- The Vanishing Halfby Brit Bennet
Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County Schools by Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle, David A. Thomas
Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Tim Wise’s books:
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Days without End by Sebastian Barry
They were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Film / TV / Video
1. Woman’s Monopoly analogy explained – One woman has come up with a simple way to explain how centuries of economic hardship have impacted black Americans. Kimberly Jones was cleaning up the streets during the George Floyd protests when her Monopoly analogy was filmed by a friend, shared and went viral.
- The Danger of a Single Story, TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story
- Rethinking the Good Liberal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jyjhnKDT9c&list=PLEsJsfpx0K50qnMjbAKm6osXwZyqZjJKD&index=6
- Amend, The Fight for America is a Netflix six-part docuseries about the 14th amendment. Trailer
- Reaping What You Sow: A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Alice Walker
- I Am Not Your Negro(2016), which received an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017, is a 93-minute feature documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mid-1970s. The unpublished memoir recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers. James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.
- Deconstructing White Privilegewith Dr Robin DiAngelo.
- Netflix documentary “13th”(about the impact of the 13th Amendment).
- Netflix series on the Central Park Five – “When They See Us”
- “Dear Mr. Governor ” also discusses the cradle to grave incarceration track for Black men.
- Just Mercy– The film, “Just Mercy takes us inside America’s broken criminal justice system and compels us to confront inequality and injustice. Based on the bestselling book, the Just Mercy movie presents the unforgettable story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and the case of Walter McMillian (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.”
- Surviving a Lynching-Ashes to Ashes- New Yorker Documentary: https://youtu.be/-2Q97pXZE2g
- When They See Us, Netflix docuseries in 4 parts: Trailer
- Nancy Hanks Lecture 2009: Wynton Marsalis
- Steven Kniffley Examines Race-Based Trauma
- Racial Trauma and Communities of Color: Assessment and Treatment, Dr Steven D. Kniffley Jr, PsyD, MPA, ABPP, HSP
- Ted Talks: Meeting in the Middle, Dr.Julie L Williams & Dr. Steven Kniffley
- White Americans Confront Legacy of Housing Discrimination, CBS News
- WCAPS: Race Across the Pond: How to Talk about Race in France Part 2
- “It’s Our Turn!”, French Youth Unite against Anti-Semitism, Racism, France 24
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho, Video series
- Peut-on mesurer le racism en France?, Le Monde
- Cracking the Codes:
- Talks at Google: Decoding Race Series & Equity Talks:
- Responding to Racism: White People’s Role & Responsibility, Tim Wise , …
- Racism and Equality, Lilian Thuram (in French)
- Decoding Race, Van Jones
- Mzamo Masito: Faith, Opportunity and Reconciliation
- Ijeoma Oluo: So You Want To Talk About Race
- Nikole Hannah-Jones: Modern Day Segregation, How and Why Public School are (Still) Divided by Race The Problem we all live with
- How White People Invented Race in America Series, PBS
- TED Talks on Racism (here are a few to get you started):
- The Real Story of Rosa Parks – and why we need to confront the myths of black history, David Ikard
- The Path to Ending Systematic Racism in the US, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D Romero
- A Blueprint of Reparations in the US, William “Sandy” Darity
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, Baratunde Thurston
- We Need to Talk About Injustice, , Bryan Stevenson
- Why is it so hard to talk about the N-word, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
- The Lie that Invented Racism, John Biewen
- The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System, Adam Foss
- How we are priming some kids for College – and others for prison, Alice Goffman
27. Hello Privilege. It’s me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler: Netflix 2019 documentary29. UC Berkeley Conversations – Straight Talk: A Conversation about Racism, Health Inequities and Covid-1931. TEDx: Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color, Jamila Lyiscott32. The Doll Test – The Effects of Racism on Children (done in Italy)
33. Classified X – Classified X is a 1998 French-US documentary movie written by Melvin Van Peebles, directed by Mark Daniels and narrated by Van Peebles, that details the history of black people in American cinema throughout the 20th century.
- NPR’s Throughline on American Policing: Jun 04, 2020 · American Police : Throughline
Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
- Code Switch, NPR: “What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.”
- Nice White Parents, NYT: A five-part series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.
- Do the Work: Do the Workis a podcast hosted by Brandon Kyle Goodman, about race and our personal relationships. Each episode is an intimate conversation between two people who know each other well — family, old friends, lovers or colleagues. We bring them together so they can finally have a real conversation about race, and we can all learn how to be anti-racist in our daily lives. We all have bias; let’s talk about it!
- Fresh Air, NPR: What Racism Costs Everyone – “In her book, ‘The Sum of Us,’ Heather McGhee examines the cost of racial discrimination in the U.S., and draws on a wealth of economic data to make the case that discriminatory laws and practices that target Black people also negatively impact society at large. McGhee says when racial barriers to voting, employment, and housing are broken down, white working people are among the beneficiaries.”
- By the Book, Stitcher: Summary of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- About Race: An excellent podcast by Reni Eddo-Lodge – author of the Sunday Times bestseller; Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Explores matters of race and identity, from a UK perspective.
- 1619: From the New York Times. History of the Trans Atlantic slave trade (relates to some shared aspects of Caribbean slave history). Clarifies the existence of people of African origin, in the Americas and their continued presence in North America.
- Scene On Radio: From the Centre for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. The podcast is mostly about race from an American perspective however, some episodes particular those about the notion of “race” itself, are absolutely fascinating.
- I would highly recommend Into America, hosted by a thoughtful black journalist named Trymaine Lee. His podcast is a deep, honest look into the issues that make life for African Americans so difficult. It is very well done and has helped me with understanding the issue better.
- The Daily: France, Islam, and Laicite, NYT on Apple podcasts
- Rough Translation, NPR: Episode: We don’t Say That
- Rough Translation, NPR: Episode: Brazil in Black & White, Update
- Take on America, Ozy, PBS– Groundbreaking town hall series with a twist OZY travels across the US to confront today’s most pressing issues by exploring the diversity of opinions among groups often pigeonholed for voting as a bloc.
Serial Season 3: here
ThisAmericanLife.org:Warriors in the Garden, 2021
Still Processing, NYT: Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. Available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, …
Other Resource Lists / Miscellaneous
- Implicit bias test at Harvard
- Facebook group:White People Doing Something
- Anti-Racism Daily Newsletter:https://www.antiracismdaily.com/
- Resource List from Democrats Abroad: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc-black_history_month
- Transform White Racism Community & Racism Literacy Quiz by Kathleen Dameron (She has done workshops for AAWE): https://transform-white-racism.mn.co/
- If you are interested in walking a mile in her shoes, listen to what Cynthia Coutu with Delectabulles has to say.
- Resource List America & Mooreby Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.
- White People 4 Black Lives: Resource List
- FAWCO Diversity, Inclusion and Equality BookList: here
- Instagram Acct: @Privtoprog