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Get Woke: Anti-Racism Resources for White People Looking for Answers

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I've always figured that if I didn't want my kids to grow up racist, then one thing I needed to do was to provide dolls that came in a variety of shapes and colors, and storybooks that were inclusive. Years ago there wasn't as much to choose from, but Ezra Jack Keats' "The Snowy Day" and Leo and Diane Dillon's books were always in our libraries.

Today there are lots more, two of my favorites are "Sulwe" and "Grace for President."

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Privilege comes with responsibility. This helpful list was compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May, 2020.

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Books:

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

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Podcasts:

Parenting Forward podcast episode 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

Fare of the Free Child podcast

Integrated Schools podcast episode "Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey"

Articles:

PBS's Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good

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

General 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 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

"Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?" by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)

"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 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 Kimberle' 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 to read:

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 and TV series to watch:

13th (Ava DuVernay) Netflix

American Son (Kenny Leon) Netflix

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 Available to rent

Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) Hulu with Cinemax or 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 for free in June in the U.S.

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

Organizations 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

The [White] Shift on Instagram

"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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