Tons of AntiRacism Resources to help you push for social change in this anti-racism resource roundup. Books, videos, courses, and organizations to support.
Below, you’ll find that we’ve brought together a handful of resources to help with self-education about anti-racism and some ways to help promote change.
Resources that you will find featured below include:
- Where to Start
- Learn About Racism and White Privilege
- Tools to Help With Conversations
- Stuff Around Kids
- Documentaries and Movies
- Perspectives from Minorities
- Racism in Canada
- Minority-Owned Businesses
- Groups to Donate to and Support
- Miscellaneous AntiRacism Resources
Thank You For Growing
Can I just start by saying “Thank you!”?
Thank you for being involved in the demand for social change. Thank you for having tough conversations with people who are in denial about the existence and abundance of systemic racism.
Thank you for taking a hard look at your own behaviors and whether or not you are doing as much as you feel you should to be anti-racist.
Thank you for not turning away and ignoring the uncomfortable.
And thank you to Black People for being the group to spearhead this.
Why Create The AntiRacism Resources Roundup?
This anti-racism resources roundup is a result of over 3 weeks of frustration and hope. It’s been time dedicated to reading news articles from the last decade and last month. Of watching videos of hate crimes including the murder of George Floyd and police hostility towards minorities in the US and Canada.
I’ve had many difficult and enlightening conversations, some more productive than others. My eyes have been opened to and heartbroken by the number of white people (including some friends) who continue to deny the existence of racism here.
I have spent time recalling my own experiences with racism in Canada from grade-school on.
I spent time exploring my own privileges as well as the frustrations of being what I call a minority minority (being a “halfer”, I don’t feel like I have the luxury of having a group who shares my cultural identity – which I plan to write about more in the next few weeks).
I assembled these antiracism resources because I have been dedicating a lot of time and energy to immersing myself in information around needed social change. I wanted to help you and others to easily find a path to do this difficult, heavy, and necessary work.
Fueling Social Change With HOPE & LOVE
I am extremely hopeful that we will make a change here and now. It is exciting to me that we are witness to, and part of, this time in history when we are looking to eliminate systemic racism.
It’s time to change the constructs that are holding back the human race.
I have a story to share with you about a recent BodyTalk/visualization session that I had recently:
Be Gentle With Yourself
Yes, this will be uncomfortable. Your heart should be broken. This education, enlightenment, and improvement will come with major growing pains.
Be gentle with yourself. You are working to improve and that is fantastic. Don’t shut down. Look after your health on all levels. Take breaks when you need to.
And as always, eat well. We’ve put together a roundup of Food For Fueling Social Change recipes. Healthy recipes that do not require a lot of hands-on time to make, so you have more time and energy to keep pushing for change.
There is a lot of information out there to help learn, contribute, and make a difference. Compiling this list has taken a lot of time and effort, but I think it was worth it. Please reach out with any resources that you found helpful with your experience(s).
- Educate yourself (and others).
- Work on understanding your privileges (this can be hard to see for yourself).
- VOTE in local, state, and federal elections. Some states have primaries for Congress. Seriously. Be heard.
- Donate to organizations whose values align with yours and are pushing for changes you want to see.
Here is an easy place to start:
Understanding race, racism, and white privilege: 11-Step Guide
10 things you should know about white privilege.
Implicit bias and structural racism.
The Antiracism Starter Kit – Self-Guided Education for Becoming Antiracist – Includes tips for staying committed and avoiding overwhelm.
Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time:
This isn’t just Trump’s doing.
What White People Can Do For Racial Justice
Don’t let making mistakes stop you from fighting for change:
– I’m Going to Mess Up… and That’s Not Going to Stop Me
And here are some resources to help when do run into problems:
– How to respond when attacked for making a mistake.
– Words to help enter a difficult conversation (Silence Breakers for White People)
– Rules of Engagement
Struggling to have conversations with people about race, especially over social media?
White Nonsense Roundup is a group of mostly white people who volunteer to address white supremacy & racism by fellow white people on social media. We are not experts, but as white people we are responsible for addressing racism in ourselves and in our communities.
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Me And White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- “White Fragility” reading guide
- Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- killing rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- 🍁 The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
- Becoming an Ally, 3rd Edition: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People by Anne Bishop
- 🍁 Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
- Books from Books Are Magic
- More books for kids
- “For White Parents”
DOCUMENTARIES AND MOVIES:
- 13th – Netflix
- When They See Us (and the Oprah interview) – Netflix
- Dear White People – series on Netflix
- The Hate U Give
- The Color Purple
- Malcom X
INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD FROM BLACK PERSPECTIVES
- 30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color
- “No, I Am Not OK.” Thanks for Asking.
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
How Racism Makes Us Sick:
- “Black skin, in many ways, granted advantages over being of Asian descent.” “Approximately 30 percent of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders reported that they had endured discrimination in the workplace, the highest reporting percentage of any racial group. Blacks were second at 26 percent.”
- Citizen Thind – Indian immigrant from the 1920s.
- ***Anti-Racism Resources for Asian People in America – inspired by Anti-Racist Resources for White People
🍁 RACISM IN CANADA
- There is a lot of denial about the existence of racism and white privilege here in Canada – even among some of my friends (What the actual fuck?!).
- “Dear White People, Wake Up: Canada is Racist”
- Remember that white woman, Amy Cooper who called police on black man bird-watching in Central Park? I’m sad to say, she is Canadian. (BTW, she got her dog back…).
- “The history of Canadian slavery goes back 400 years, except we’re blind to it.”
- White supremacists and neo-Nazis are an increasing threat in Canada. Another article from 2017.
- “‘Cogs in the colonial wheel’: Why racism in Canada’s police force is as old as policing”
- “Yes, there is systemic racism in Canada — our history is filled with it”
- OK, one more: “Racism not a big problem? Activist says survey shows Canadians ‘in denial'”
SUPPORT MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES
- Intentionalist – directory, guides, and events, to make it easy to find and support local businesses and the diverse people behind them for everyday decisions about where to eat, drink, and shop.
- Black- and Indigenous-owned bookstores
- 🍁 POC Writers
- Black Lives Matter Global organization working to end white supremacy and the oppression of Black communities.
- 🍁 Black Lives Matter (local chapters)
- Campaign Zero. Research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
- The Conscious Kid. “Education, research, and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth.”
- The Equal Justice Initiative. Legal advocacy organization working to end mass incarceration and racial injustice in the U.S.
- The Antiracism Research & Policy Center. Mission: “examine racial problems anew, innovate and broadcast practical policy solutions, and work with policymakers to implement them.”
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund Civil rights organization working against race-based discrimination and toward political, educational, social, and economic equality.
- Reclaim the Block Coalition advocating for Minneapolis to “divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives.”
- Southern Poverty Law Center Legal advocacy organization fighting bigotry and hatred.
- Black Women’s Blueprint Nonprofit organization empowering Black women and girls and breaking down gender and race barriers.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice “National network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice.”
- Center for Antiracist Research
- 🍁 Urban Alliance on Race Relations – a charity that works to provide educational programs and research, to address racism in society.
- 🍁 NIA Centre for the Arts – Toronto-based charity that supports, showcases, and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.
- 🍁 Black Women in Motion – Empower, celebrate, and support the advancement of Black womxn.
MORE MISC. ANTIRACISM RESOURCES:
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Characteristics of White Supremacy
- Frame of Reference Exercise
- Racial Equality Tools
- Three inspiring young women of color pushing for environmental changes.
- Teaching Tolerance: many resources for teachers and schools, as well as many informative articles for everyone.
- eg. White Anti-Racism – Questions and conversation around “colorblindness”, privilege, and anti-racism.
- White Awake Manual — a set of educational resources
- How to be Anti-Racist – 40 Ways White Women Can Help Fight Racism and Do Anti-Racism Work
- Silence is Not an Option CNN Podcast
- Seeing White Podcast
- Pod Save the People Podcast
- Pod For The Cause Podcast
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- The Diversity Gap Podcast
- 🍁 Canadian Antiracism Network does a number of things including monitoring hate groups, providing victim support services, and offering education.
- 🍁 Canadian Anti-Hate Network – monitors, exposes, and counters hate groups.
- 🍁 Black Youth Helpline – Helpline & Services for Children, Youth, Families, School Boards & other youth-serving organizations.
- 🍁 A Different Booklist – a Canadian multicultural bookstore specializing in literature from the African and Caribbean Diaspora and the Global South.
#EndWhiteSilence #BLM #WeCantBreathe
One more huge thank you: I want to thank Holley for being on the same page. For being an amazing advocate willing to work to be a strong anti-racist voice.
We both agreed that putting other projects and activities on hold to share these antiracism resources and do our own learning was important.
She is one of many incredible people in my life who are powerful support, and I want YOU to know that you have access to support from Holley and myself.
Lynn seal says
Thank you so much for all the effort , time, energy and caring you put into this! I have just read part of it so far and am very moved. And motivated to read more. Big hugs to you Raj, and to Holly. Stay well. Love Auntie lynnxxoo
Thanks Aunty Lynn! Hope you find it helpful.