An Essential Anti-Racist Resource List

Ashley Quic

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“Don’t ask the wounded to do the work.” 

That’s what Dena Simmons, a scholar, and practitioner of social-emotional learning and equity wrote in her upcoming book White Rules for Black People.  

The change starts with us as individuals and we have to push against the resurfacing wave of racism. One key step to do this is educating yourself on the issue. White people need to listen to the voices and issues that people of color have been expressing to them for years. 

Cornelius Minor, an educator and author told Vox, “One of white folks’ favorite thing to do is claim that they didn’t know.”

But it’s not the job of people of color to instruct white individuals about prejudices they face, racism, or anti-racism. POC have all been a victim of racism at least once in their life. Privileged people expect POC to try to solve the problem since it is “their problem” but the responsibility isn’t within them, it lies within the system which white individuals benefit from. 

So educate yourself on America’s racist past or current events. Don’t just go by what you heard from your friends, or what you saw on the news or Twitter. Look up the movement and read about it, as well as why it was created. If you want to support a movement, you need to learn and know about it. Now you might be asking yourself: How can I seek out resources available on anti-racism to educate myself? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I can lead you to some of the many resources available.

 

Books:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Information:

  Pages | 176

Genre | Autobiography/Biography

Price | Ranges from $13.11-$26.00 

Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

Rating | 4.4 on Goodreads

Summary | Written in the form of a letter- Ta-Nehisi Coates to his teenage son. It’s almost like a diary of Coates’ life growing up as a young Black man in Baltimore and his journey in becoming a writer. 

Review | “This book was freaking stunning and written so beautifully, the writing is so raw and honest and I can’t put into words how this moved me. This should be required reading as it is very educational and eye-opening and I strongly urge everyone to read this,” Gaby Gibson, a YouTuber who reviews books. 

 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Information:

  Pages | 320

  Genre | Coming of age novel 

  Price | Ranges from $15.50-$20.99

  Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.2 on Amazon

Summary | This book brings you into the issue rather than discussing it. An incident in a grocery store sparks a series of events, but at the center is Emira, who throughout is clear about what she wants in life but it falls on deaf ears.

Review | “Kiley Reid has written the most provocative page-turner of the year…[Such a Fun Age] nestl[es] a nuanced take on racial biases and class divides into a page-turning saga of betrayals, twists, and perfectly awkward relationships….” said Entertainment Weekly, a new outlet for pop culture. “The plotting is breezy and surprising. Plus, while Reid’s feel for both the funny and the political is undeniable, she imbues her flawed heroes with real heart.”

 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Information:

  Pages | 288

  Genre | Non-Fiction 

  Price | Ranges from $14.99-$16.50

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.7 on Amazon

Summary | This book is for people who want to understand how structural racism works. It covers a range of topics such as black history, race and class, racial bias, white-washed feminism, and why we have white dominance in politics. Eddo-Lodge wrote this book inspired by her frustration of the ignorance of white people when it comes to discussing race and racism.

Review | “This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we’ll no longer need such a book. Essential,” Marlon James, a Jamaican novelist. 

 

How to Be an Antiracist by Iram X. Kendi

Information:

  Pages | 320

  Genre | Autobiography 

  Price | Ranges from $16.29-$27.00

  Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.8 on Amazon

Summary | In this New York Times Best Settler Kendi, the founder of Antiracism Research and Policy Center, explains to his readers why neutrality isn’t even an option- we have to fight back against racism and be anti-racist. This book is an instructional manual to help readers see racism clearly in the system we live in but also in ourselves.  

Review | “A boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are . . . [Kendi’s] prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations.”Publishers Weekly

 

 

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendal

Information:

  Pages | 288

  Genre | Autobiography/Collections of Essays 

  Price | Ranges from $15.00-$26.00

  Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.9 on Amazon

Summary | This book is written with a collection of critical essays. The essays specify how the modern-day feminist movement is failing to have equality for all women. Kendall talks about her personal experience in the “Hood” facing violence, hunger, the stigma on mental health, and many more struggles that the feminist movement has had a blind spot for.

Review | “Elicits action by effectively calling out privilege . . . This can be a tough read, even for the most woke and intersectional feminist, and that’s exactly how it should be.” —Bust

 

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing brown

Information

  Pages | 192

  Genre | Autobiography/Biography/Christian Literature 

  Price | Ranges from $16.48-$25.00

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.8 on Amazon

Summary | In this book, Brown talks about growing up as a Black woman in the white suburbs and her journey to find self-worth/love in her blackness. She also speaks up about intersections of racial injustices and religion. 

Review | “Takes readers on a journey through the racial divide in a way we’ve truly never seen before. Powerful, haunting, and impossible to put down, [Brown’s] account of what it’s like to grow up black, middle-class, and female in modern America is not to be missed.”PopSugar

 

 

One Person, No Vote by Carol  Anderson

Information

  Pages | 368

  Genre | Nonfiction

  Price | Ranges from $13.79-$18.00

  Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.8 on Amazon

Summary | This is an informative book that teaches us about voter suppression and how it’s unfolding right before our eyes. It covers a range of topics such as voting rights, African American participation in previous elections, voter suppression laws, and many more. She also speaks about the resistances and organization fighting against voter suppression and how we need to restore the voting rights to all Americans. 

Review | “A clear, concise, and compelling exploration of racialized voter suppression from Jim Crow through today . . . This book is impeccably researched and perfectly argued.”BookRiot, Best Books of the Year

 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Information

  Pages | 192

  Genre | Self-Help book

  Price | Ranges from $9.60-$16.00

  Link to Buy | Target, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.5 on Amazon

Summary | A New York Times bestseller written by anti-racist Robin DiAngelo that examines the phenomenon of “white fragility”. The book teaches white people how to dismantle their privilege, listen to our Black communities, and how not to overstep their voices. It also teaches what the phrase “white fragility” means, why it exists and the emotions it provokes white people to feel. 

Review | “A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work.” Library Journal

 

Books for Your Younger Siblings or Kids:

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Anna Hazzard

Information

  Price | Ranges from $15.29-$16.99

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.7 on Amazon

Summary | This book is written to teach kids about Police Brutality in America and how they handle racism in their daily lives. The story is based on an incident where a Black man was killed by police officers and the kids asking their parents questions. 

Review | “This is a difficult subject, and I think this book handles it well. The language is age-appropriate and gentle. The illustrations are beautiful, and the message is positive: kids can start a ‘better pattern’ by including kids who are different than themselves.” —Five Star Review, San Francisco Book Review

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Information

  Price | Ranges from $8.99

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.6 on Amazon

Summary | This is an instructional, easy to understand book for kids on how to be anti-racist and how they can create a better world.

Review | Such a cute & important work. Our kids should learn early how to see each other as equal human beings. Kendi is a prolific writer & thought leader in the subject and I’m excited to add this to our library” – Whitney R, Barnes, and Noble Reviewer

 

I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer 

Information

  Price | Ranges from $15.99

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.9 on Amazon

Summary | This is a kid-friendly bibliography, telling the story of the fundamental role Rosa Park played in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s 

Review | “Meltzer must really understand kids because he creates books that they not only LOVE, but that explain complex cultural and social ideas (and hugely embarrassing moments in US history) and break them down in a way that is clear to small children but that does not sugarcoat or try to justify/explain.” Amazon Reviewer

 

We’re Different, We’re The Same & We’re Wonderful by Bobbi Kates

Information

  Price | Ranges from $4.29-$4.99

  Link to Buy | Barnes & Nobles and Amazon

  Rating | 4.9 on Amazon

Summary | This is an educational picture book that lists the differences between Sesame Street characters and it shows that no matter how different we look, everyone’s needs and feelings are important. 

Review | “This is a great book, our 1.5 year old loves it! It teaches about all types of differences/similarities between people from facial features, to body type and skin color. It is read often in this house. An important read in these times.” -Barnes and Nobles Reviewer

 

Movies/Documentaries/TV Shows:

13th directed by Ava DeVurnay

Information

  Time | 1:40:03

  Genre | History/Crime Film

  Price | Netflix subscription or free

  Link to Watch | Netflix, and Youtube

  Rating | 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | This documentary is about systemic racism through the lens of mass incarceration and how prisons benefit off of it. It is heavily informative with lots of facts and statistics on the following topics: policing, the criminal justice system, politics, racial oppression. It also revolves around the idea that slavery was never abolished but instead reformed. The documentary contains different perspectives from your everyday politicians to revolutionary activists (Angela Davis). The whole documentary ties together the harsh reality that Black Americans face and the oppressive system that is long overdue for a change. 

Review | In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America.” -Common Sense Media

 

The Hate U Give Directed by George Tillman Jr.

Information

  Time | 2:13:06

  Genre | Drama/Crime Film

  Price | $3.99

  Link to Watch |  Youtube, Amazon Prime, and Google

  Rating | 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | This is a movie inspired by a fictional book about a young Black woman, Starr, coping with the loss of her childhood best friend who was murdered by a police officer. Star also faces a social struggle trying to juggle her life as a Black person going to a predominantly white urban school.

Review | Yes, it’s a teen melodrama, but it’s also an elegantly constructed piece of worldbuilding, a love story, a family history, a sociological spider web of cause and effect of hate. – Vulture

 

Just Mercy Directed by Desstin Daniel Cretton

Information

  Time | 2:17:51

  Genre | Legal Drama/Adventure

  Price | $3.99

  Link to Watch |  Youtube, Amazon Prime, and Google

  Rating | 84% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | This is a movie inspired by true events. It focuses on the racial bias in America’s criminal justice system. Michael B. Jordan stars as the defense attorney who just graduated and moved to the south to help the wrongly convicted get off of death row. He works on a case to appeal the wrongfully convicted and incarcerated Walter McMillian. 

Review | Although ‘Just Mercy’ takes its time to get there, the conclusion is unquestionably impactful. –Times of India

 

When They See us Directed by Ava DeVurnay

Information

  Time | 4 part series each about 1:10:00

  Genre | True Crime/ Crime film

  Price | Netflix subscription

  Link to Watch |  Netflix

  Rating | 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | This is a series inspired by true events. It tells the story of the 1989 Central Park jogger case where five young Black and Latinx men around the ages of 14-16 were found guilty for the rape of a white woman. The Central Park Five were wrongfully convicted and after years in prison, their stories were finally told. This series highlights the racial bias in America’s justice system in a heartbreaking take.

Review |  “More than anything, this miniseries reminds us that what happened to those five boys three decades ago could just as easily happen today, in the name of what some powerful figures would perceive as justice.” – Vulture

 

Dear White People directed by Justin Simien

Information

  Time | 3 seasons, each 10 episodes

  Genre | Satire/Comedy Drama

  Price | Netflix subscription

  Link to Watch |  Netflix

  Rating | 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | This series follows a group of Black at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League school. It touches topics such as social injustices, racial bias and so much more. It tells it in a brutally honest but funny way.

Review | I think Dear White People, the show, is a tremendous artistic achievement. It’s always hinting that there is something beyond the pleading and wokeness, something that the show’s more militant characters can’t see. Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Malcom X (1992) Directed by Spike Lee

Information

  Time | 03:22:00

  Genre | romance/Historical Drama

  Price | subscriptions, $2.99-$3.99

  Link to Watch |  Youtube, Amazon, Sling, and iTunes

  Rating | 88% on Rotten Tomatoes

Summary | Malcolm X is a powerful, three-hour tribute to which the man movie names itself. This biographical film guides its viewers through the evolution of Malcolm X’s philosophy in each phase of his life. It is a tribute to Malcolm X, a Black activist, and leader of the struggle for black liberation.

Review | A loyal and timeless classic from Spike Lee. Stellar performances by Denzel Washington and the crew. Doubt any other biopic about Malcolm X could top this.” -Michael Bolls a Google Critique

 

 

Podcasts:

Still Processing Hosted by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham

Information

  Link to Listen |  Apple and Spotify

  Star Rating | 5/5 on Apple podcast

Summary | This is a New York Times cultural podcast that talks about movies, music, art, etc. The hosts talk about their emotions towards these pieces whether it’s feeling angry or feeling in awe. Review | “The back and forth of this product is like 2 Olympic figure skaters performing outside, during a hurricane in the Antarctic And NEVER FALLING. Sooooo good!!” -Apple Podcast User

 

 

 

Code Switch Hosted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby

Information

  Link to Listen |  NPR, Apple, and Spotify

  Star Rating | 4.5/5 on Apple podcast

Summary | This is an NPR conversational podcast that talks about race and how it impacts politics, pop culture, history, and many more. 

Review | “I like to think of myself as a woke white girl – but a few years ago I realized I didn’t have many black and brown voices in my news and media feeds. I started listening to Code Switch, feel in love with the stories, AND learned a lot in the process (totally humbling in the best way) – Jenna Albany

 

 

 

Pod Save the People Hosted by DeRay Mckesson, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe

Information

  Link to Listen |  Apple and Spotify

  Star Rating | 4.5/5 on Apple podcast

Summary | Activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics.

Review | “Wonderful podcast that educated and informs” – Apple Podcast User

 

 

 

 

Once you have educated yourself, the next step is to take actions that benefit the members of your community. This could include calling out friends and family on their racism and helping them become educated.  Beyond educating, you can go out and vote to elect officials that will benefit not just white people but communities of color as well. Additionally, you should vote against certain laws and policies that might be prejudiced against a certain group.

This work against racism cannot stop, even when the movement is not “trendy” anymore, whether that’s in a month or a couple of years. We need to strive to live in a world where everyone is treated equally. Make that commitment to be anti-racist to transform our society. 

The change starts with you.

More Anti-Racism Resources to Check Out:

Anti-racism resources for white people

A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages

Anti-Racism Resources: Educate Yourself

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’ (1:23:30)

How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race | NPR

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh