Resources for learning and growth

Dip into any of these (mostly short) eye-opening readings/videos/podcasts:

Please note: This is a short list largely derived from the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, a structured program of anti-racism resources.  The information on the Challenge website will greatly further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. 

  • Read – White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Groundbreaking 1989 essay by Peggy McIntosh who lists the ways she’s beginning to recognize the way white privilege operates in her life and the lives of white people in America.
  • Watch – Racism is RealA split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience (3 minutes)
  • Watch – I Didn’t Tell You – Ever wonder what a day in the life of a person of color is like? Listen to this poem, written and spoken by Norma Johnson (7 minutes)
  • Watch –  A Trip to the Grocery Store In this story from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film from World Trust, author and educator Dr. Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic inequity. (4 minutes)
  • Listen – Black Like Me (podcast – any episode)
  • Watch – New York Times Op-Docs on Race (any episode) Multiple videos with a range of racial and ethnic perspectives on the lived experience of racism in the US (each video about 6 minutes)
  • Watch – Race in America – By Phil Vischer, the creator of “Tom the Tomato” of Veggie Tales fame, a quick history of race and racial (in)justice in America (18 minutes)
  • Watch – How ‘white fragility’ reinforces racism Robin DiAngelo explains what white fragility is and how it functions (5 minutes)

Explore these books and films:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Waking Up White by Debby Irving 
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
The 13th, a Netflix documentary, directed by Ava DuVernay
The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the staff of the New York Times Magazine
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Between the World and Me, Ta-Naheisi Coates



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