Ok people! I know it is tough out there trying to navigate through the scary world wide web for resources on race and diversity. Luckily, I like you and want to help you learn how to be a better ally, how to understand whiteness and privilege, how to be antiracist, and how to start conversations with your kids about race. Go through the resources and read or watch a few of them. The insight you gain will help you when in conversations with people about these subjects. It will allow you to have better answers to race-based questions people will pose. Enjoy and this will be updated semi-regularly (when I remember my password).

Here is a great starting point for many people who are wondering what books they should read regarding the wide variety of topics on race, privilege, bias, history, policing, school, work, housing, and more.  

Are you not sure of where to start with creating an inclusive culture within your department? If this is an issue, consider contacting Jen to bring her in for help your department create an inclusive culture. 

Now looking for next steps? Are you in need of more language to help facilitate uncomfortable conversation such as: 

1. I’m really nervous/scared/uncomfortable saying this and/but …

2. From my experience/perspective as (identity) …

3. I’m afraid I may offend someone, and please let know if I do, but …

4. It feels risky to say this and/but … 

For more ideas of how to facilitate uncomfortable conversations please go to Silence Breakers for White People in Cross-Racial Discussions or Responses to Racist Comments Collected From the Field.

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  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • How to be an Anti Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to be an Anti Racist Book Club Kit by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • A Spectacular Leap by Jennifer H. Lansbury
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America 1st Edition by Richard Rothstein
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • But I Am Not Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites by Kathy Obear
  • White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill
  • Yellow: Race in American Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu
  • Privilege, Power, and Difference (Chapter) by Allan Johnson
  • Recitatif by Toni Morrison
  • The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
  • Possessive Investment in Whiteness by George Lipsitz
  • The Bridge Called My Back Edited by Cherrie Morage and Gloria Anzaldua
  • Aint I a Woman by bell hooks
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considerd Suicide When the Rinbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  • Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  • A Taste of Power byb Elaine Brown
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Whiteness of a Different Color by Matthew Frye Jacobson
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • Some of Us Are Brave edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull,  Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith
  • Women, Race, and Clas by Angela Y. Davis
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
  • Free Cyntoia by Cyntoia Brown-Long
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • How We Got Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collection by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor
  • Unafraid of the Dark by Rosemary L. Bray
  • Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi
  • When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan Cullors
  • Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice by Paul Butler
  • Pushout by Monique Morris
  • Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers | Charis Books & More and Charis Circle
  • The Tale of O (Free Pdf)
  • 17 Books On Race Every White Person Needs To Read
  • College Student Creates A Mobile Directory Of 600 Books That Prioritize Diversity
  • Diversity Book Finder
  • 15 History Books You Didn’t Get Assigned In School But Definitely Need to Read
  • We Need Diverse Books
  • Let’s Talk About Race
  • 56 Books by Women and Nonbinary Writer of Color to Read in 2020

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