Resources on Equity and Anti-Racism
We are providing resources on equity and anti-racism to help broaden the understanding of race and racism including how racism and anti-blackness have manifested and are manifesting in people’s lives – personally, societally, systemically, and institutionally – and how to cultivate anti-racism and better support black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), including queer people of color. The list also includes sections pertaining to the intersecting processes of inequity and oppression. The list culminates in a selection of self-care resources and sources for connecting with community. The ultimate goal of these resources is to provide overall support in response to recent violent acts of racism, as well as to promote awareness, responsibility, and action for the past, present, and future.
This list of resources on equity and anti-racism should not be thought of as the official list, but as a compilation of offerings from members of The Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers, who stand in solidarity to combat racism and to support the hearts of all those affected. Please continue to search beyond this list and explore the very rich and long history of anti-racism and scholarship that exists.
With gratitude, we acknowledge the following members of The Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers who provided resources on equity and anti-racism for this site:
Esther Calzada, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Shavonne Henderson, Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, School of Law
Christine Julien, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cockrell School of Engineering
Samuel Moore, Director of Outreach and Diversity Programs, Jackson School of Geosciences
Shelley Payne, Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences
Monique Pikus, Director of Diversity and Organizational Climate, College of Liberal Arts
Richard Reddick, Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education
Rene Salazar, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Dell Medical School
Ya’Ke Smith, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Moody College of Communication
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Director of Civic Engagement, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Raji Srinivasan, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, McCombs School of Business
Skyller Walkes, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy
John Yancey, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Fine Arts
UNDERSTANDING RACE AND RACISM
- A list of TED talks on racism and being anti-racist
- On The History of White Supremacy: “Introduction” and “Lynching in America: From Popular Justice to Racial Terror”; read section “Confronting Lynching”
- Project 1619 from the New York Times (and the associated podcast)
- Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Video: A very basic understanding of structural racism (this is accessible for kids, too!)
Segregation and Economic Inequality
- Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
- HOLC Redlining Maps: The persistent structure of segregation and economic inequality
- Housing Segregation is Everything
- Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America
- Segregated by Design (Digital cartoon version of Richard Rothstein’s Color of Law, produced by Austin digital creator Mark Lopez and narrated by Rothstein)
- Segregation Forever?: The Continued Underrepresentation of Black and Latino Undergraduates at the Nation’s 101 Most Selective Public Colleges and Universities – The Education Trust
- Systemic Inequality: How America’s Structural Racism Helped Create the Black-White Wealth Gap
DISCUSSIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
- A More Diverse and Welcoming Campus – Interim UT Austin President Jay Hartzell’s message announcing a series of initiatives to encourage a more diverse and welcoming campus
- “History of the Black Experience” – course by Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Austin
- “Managing in the Age of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor” – webinar by Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Austin
- UT Racial Geography Tour – Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Vice Provost for Diversity & Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, UT Austin
- The history of “The Eyes of Texas” from the Texas Exes and from Texas Monthly
- The Assault of 2 Pandemics – COVID & Racism: Grappling with Hurt, Rage,& Healing, a virtual talk hosted by UT College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Skyller Walkes, Ph.D.
- As Austin museums react to the Black Lives Movement, bigger issues emerge – by Mary K. Cantrell with comment from UT Austin’s African and African Diaspora Studies Chair Dr. Cherise Smith
- Black in Academia: An Interview with UT Astronomer Keith Hawkins, by Kelly P. Franklin
- Statues, Statues, They All Fall Down – Dr. Eddie Chambers, College of Fine Arts, UT Austin, writes about the removal of the statue of Edward Colston, and the links of this activism to the Black Lives Matter protests
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Emmanuel Acho
- We can’t breathe at work either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism, Dr. Richard Reddick, Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education, UT Austin, Fortune.com.
- When is Enough, Enough? (June 5, 2020), Dr. Kevin Cokley, Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, UT Austin, UT News.
CONTEXT FOR CURRENT DEMONSTRATIONS
- Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages
- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
- Background Check: Investigating George Floyd’s Criminal Record (The question of past arrests often surfaces among people who want to rationalize police officers’ actions when Black men are killed in custody.) – Snopes
- “Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter” — an explanation
- #BlackLivesMatter Resources – curated by Dr. Tia C. Madkins, College of Education
- Don’t Talk to us about Looting Activist and Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory shut down any arguments against the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and explained what the uprising is really about.
- The emotional impact of watching white people wake up to racism in real time – by Natalie Morris
- How 2020 could shape the conversation on race in the U.S.? The PBS NewsHour asked Americans in person and through social media for their views on how the country should be talking about race during the 2020 presidential campaign.
- How Can We Win? On Saturday, May 30th, filmmaker and photographer David Jones of David Jones Media decided to use his art to try and explain the events that are currently impacting our lives. On day two, Sunday the 31st, he captured these powerful words from his dear friend author Kimberly Jones and felt the world couldn’t wait for the full-length documentary, they needed to hear them now.
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- Race Relations in the U.S. Gallup Historical Trends (through 2020) on Black and White perspectives on race relations and racial issues.
- Reproducing Racism by Daria Roithmayr
- Rayshard Brooks: Another Black Man Smeared in Viral Social Media Posts After His Death – Snopes
- A Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 ‘Fed Up’-Rising – by Michael Harriot When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
HOW TO BETTER SUPPORT BLACK, INDIGENOUS, PEOPLE OF COLOR (BIPOC), INCLUDING QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR THROUGH ANTI-RACISM AWARENESS AND ACTION
- On Abolition and the Call to #DefundthePolice: Mariame Kaba’s brilliant NYT op-ed, and the Zine and FAQ from MPD150. You may also reference 8toAbolition.
- Academics for Black Lives (There are various links to actions/steps non-Black academics can take as well as links to register for a week of training on undoing anti-black racism and white supremacy both within the academy and in general.
- On Anti-Blackness in South Asian Community:
- Blackness in Brown Spaces
- Indian Support for George Floyd, While We Remain Silent on Violence at Home, Is Hypocritical, Performative Wokeness
- South Asians in the US must support #BlackLivesMatter, but first undo your own anti-Blackness
- South Asians for Black Lives, a Call for Action, Accountability, and Introspection – on links between anti-Blackness and Casteism
- Steps Forward: South Asian and Black Lives
- We also encourage you to check out the links (also above) to South Asian organizations leading the work, like Equality Labs, Grassroots Asians Rising, and DRUM NYC.
- Anti-racism Resources for White People
- Asian Americans Reflect on Racism During the Pandemic and the Need for Equality
- #BlackLivesMatter Micro-Syllabus
- Dear White People: Here are 5 Uncomfortable Truths Black Colleagues Need You to Know – by Dana Brownlee
- How the civil rights movement opened the door to immigrants of color – on the links between Black struggle and Desi diaspora
- NAACP resources on coronavirus
- ON “SELFISH SOLIDARITY” – Beginning to talk to our communities
- The Relationship Between Structural Racism and Black-White Disparities in Fatal Police Shootings at the State Level
- The time tax put on scientists of colour
- Towards a Racially Just Workplace, by Laura Morgan-Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo
- We can’t breathe at work, either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism – by Dr. Rich Reddick, Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education, UT Austin
ANTI-RACISM WORK AND PRACTICING SOLIDARITY
- Addressing Racial Privilege: A Mental Model for White Anti-Racists
- Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma
- If You See Something, Do Something Instead of Calling the Cops
- Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work
- We are Living in a Racist Pandemic
- What to Do Instead of Calling the Police
Training (Click here for more options)
- These 7 Courses Will Teach You How To Be Anti-Racist – Lauren Steele, Fast Company (June 16, 2020)
- Advancing Equity: Maximizing Learning in Diverse Classrooms Watch this webinar for discussing practical, classroom-based strategies for teacher and child agency in the service of social and racial justice.
- Black Lives Matter At School The webinar is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.
- Courageous Conversation, Beyond Diversity: Introduction to Courageous Conversation & a Foundation for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Achievement Disparities.
- Eight Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racial Justice As we strive to improve conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in this country, the environment in which we’re speaking seems to be constantly shifting. Yet, these conversations are more important than ever. We’ve put together some advice on finding entry points based on research, experience, and the input of partners from around the country. This is by no means a complete list, but it is a starting point for moving these discussions forward.
- A History of Race and Racism in America A selection of readings from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi of the historical impact of slavery in the United States. The list provides a broad historical sweep and includes literature related to health outcomes and biology.
- How do families raise actively anti-racist children? A new uprising across the country demanding racial justice is a powerful reminder that families of all backgrounds need to be pro-active in raising children to understand racism and discrimination, and helping our kids to be a force for anti-racist change in the world.
- Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students The webinar will provide guidance on how to have relevant and rigorous conversations with students about race, racism and other important topics.
- Moving Your Organization to be Anti-Racist Webinar National Juvenile Justice Network has committed to engaging in self-analyses to reflect on how our organizations can better undo the systemic racism in society.
- Project Implicit, Harvard Implicit Association Test.
- Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History – by James D. Anderson, University of Illinois (available virtually or for free)
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Day of Racial Healing Conversation Guide (January 22, 2019).
INTERSECTIONALITY BETWEEN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND HONORING PRIDE MONTH
- 7 black LGBTQ leaders in honor of Juneteenth and Pride month – CNN.com
- 8 Inspiring Queer Black Icons You Should Know About – Pride.com
- Andrea Jenkins, the first black trans woman in the U.S. to hold public office, on what we need to do to stop violence against trans women – NBC News, THINK
- Bayard Rustin: The Man who Organized the March on Washington – NPR, Code Sw!tch
- Five Trailblazers You Should Know: Pride Edition, National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Honoring Black LGBTQ Icons – GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders blog New Smithsonian places African American LGBT community in full view, Center for Black Equity
RACIAL TRAUMA AND OTHER HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS AND RESOURCES
- Anti-racism in Medicine Collection – The Association of American Medical Colleges website provides resource readings that speak to structural racism and oppression in healthcare, while underscoring actionable knowledge. You’ll find their explanation contained in this blurb from the website: “The new Anti-racism in Medicine Collection within MedEdPORTAL provides educators with practice-based, peer-reviewed resources to teach anti-racist knowledge and clinical skills, elevates the educational scholarship of anti-racist curricula, and aims to convene a community of collaborators dedicated to the elimination of racism within medical education.”
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion That Matter
- Majority Taxes — Toward Antiracist Allyship in Medicine
- The Weathering Hypothesis and the Health of African-American Women and Infants: Evidence and Speculations
- This Is What Racial Trauma Does To The Body And Brain
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States – by Paul Ortiz
- America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America – by Jim Wallis
- Art and Culture in Communities: Systems of Support, Policy Brief No.3 of the Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program – by Maria-Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., Joaquin Herranz, Jr., and Florence Kabwasa-Green (2003),The Urban Institute, Washington DC The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther – by Jeffrey Haas
- Beloved (1987) – by Toni Morrison
- Between the World and Me, – by Ta-Nahesi Coates
- Black Feminist Thought (1990) – by Patricia Hill Collins
- Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, African American Policy Forum (2015)
- A Black Women’s History of the United States (2020), The University of Texas, Department of History – by Daina Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2013) – by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
- The Bluest Eye (1970) – by Toni Morrison
- Born A Crime by Trevor Noah: Noah’s book reads like an episode of his late night show which is to say it’s informative, compelling, and well researched. This is a must read for those looking to understand race and class.
- Children of Blood and Bones – by Tomi Adeyemi: Science fiction is a powerful tool for exploring problems from the distance we normally aren’t afforded with day-to-day life. This first part of the electric new trilogy explores issues of fear, revenge, and what it takes to build a new future.
- Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) – by Claudia Rankine
- Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015), The University of Texas at Austin, African and African Diaspora Studies – by Simone Browne
- Don’t Call Us Dead (2017) – by Danez Smith
- Diversity across the Curriculum: A Guide for Faculty in Higher Education (2007) – by Jerome Branche, John Mullennix, and Ellen Cohn
- Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – by Adrienne Maree Brown (2017)
- Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion – by Tiffany Jana and Ashley Diaz Mejias
- Fatal Intervention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century – by Dorothy Roberts (2012)
- The Fire Next Time (1963) – by James Baldwin
- Free Cyntoia – by Cyntoia Brown-Long: Everyone from Rihanna to Kim Kardashian was tweeting about Cyntoia Brown-Long, the young woman incarcerated for defending herself against her abuser and a sexual predator. Cyntoia’s story is one that many women share—and this book sheds light on how systems set up to protect us, fail us time and time again.
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, – by Angela Y. Davis
- Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? By Mumia Abu-Jamal
- The Hate U Give, – by Angie Thomas
- Hidden Figures (Young Reader’s Edition), – by Margo Lee Shetterly
- How to be an Anti-Racist, – by Ibram Kendi
- How We Fight for Our Lives – by Saeed Jones
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness – by Rhonda B. Magee (2019)
- Just Mercy – by Bryan Stevenson: You’ve likely heard the story of someone who served decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. How does that happen and how do we ensure people don’t disappear behind the bars and into bureaucratic systems that value process more than justice?
- King Me (2013) – by Roger Reeves, The University of Texas, Department of English
- Lab Girl – by Hope Jahren
- Lies My Teacher Told Me – by James W. Loewen
- Maud Martha (1953, novel) – by Gwendolyn Brooks
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor – by Llayla Saad
- The Meaning of Freedom (2012) – by Angela Davis
- Memoir of a Race Traitor (1994) – by Mab Segrest
- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward: America often equates Black to mean urban America when more of us live in “middle America” and the deep South than anywhere else. Ward is a literary artist who spins the stories of Black men in Mississippi with so much love and a deep desire to protect those she loves.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness (2010) – by Michelle Alexander
- People’s History of the United States – by Howard Zinn
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, – by Joy a Degruy
- Race and Real Estate (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) (2015) – by Adrienne Brown and Valerie Smith
- Race in the College Classroom (2002) – by Bonnie TuSmith and Maureen T. Reddy
- Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience – Laura Morgan Roberts, Anthony J. Mayo, and David A. Thomas
- Racial Formation in the United States 3rd Edition (2020) – by Michael Omi and Howard Winant
- The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing – by Anneliese A. Singh (2019)
- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (2016) – by Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah
- Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women, African American Policy Forum (July 2015)
- Seeing White – by Jean Halley/Amy Eshleman/Ramya Mahadevan Vijaya
- Sister Outsider (1984) – by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: This book unpacks some of the biggest racial issues facing the United States today, including white privilege, microaggressions, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and so much more. Simple, straightforward, and razor-sharp, this book is an accessible and friendly user guide for anyone trying to understand identity, representation, and racism in modern day America.
- Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson (1970) – by George Jackson
- Stamped from the Beginning, – by Ibram Kendi (and the young adult version: Stamped, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi) The author uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.
- Unafraid of the Dark – by Rosemary L Bray: Racism feels like this big scary monster which can make some of us feel like we don’t know where to begin in dismantling it and others feel it’s not relevant to them at all. Bray sets the record straight with these vignettes and anecdotes about what racism looks like in practice but also how police interventions can work to alleviate the pressures.
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Asha Bandele
- Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What we Can Do, – by Claude M. Steele (a book to read to understand stereotype threat and implicit bias)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson: The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide – by Carol Anderson
- White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America – by Nancy Isenberg
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? – by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- A Young People’s History of the United States – by Howard Zinn
Other Suggested Books
- An Anti-Racist Reading List (lots of books here)
- Books to help you talk to your kids about racism
- Delve into this antiracist reading list.
- Fiction & Non-Fiction Books (Click here for a more complete list)
- Mine these reading lists posted to Medium, Goodreads, Johns Hopkins, UC Davis, She Geeks Out, and the American Library Association to find your next great read.
- Check out a book from the UT Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) lending library
Articles by author
- Aronson, J., Fried, C. B., & Good, C. (2002). Reducing the Effects of Stereotype Threat on African American College Students by Shaping Theories of Intelligence, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 38(2), 113–125.
- Balko, R. (2020). There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal justice system is racist: Here’s the proof, Washington Post.
- Chimimba Ault, S. (2020). 10 Ways for Non-Black Academics to Value Black Lives, Medium.
- Coates, T. (June 2014). The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic.
- Coates, T. (2017), The First White President, The Atlantic.
- Cokley, K. (June 5, 2020). When is Enough, Enough?, UT News.
- Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics, University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1, 139.
- Gewin, V. (2020). The time tax put on scientists of colour, Nature. (How diversity efforts burden those who try to help: The ‘cultural taxation’ of scientists from under-represented groups and how to curb it.)
- Gurin, P., Dey, E. L., Hurtado, S., & Gurin, G. (2002). Diversity and Higher Education: Theory and Impact on Educational Outcomes, Harvard Educational Review, 72(3): 330-366.
- Harris, C. L. (1993). Whiteness as Property, Harvard Law Review 106, 1707.
- Hartwell, E., Cole, K., Donovan, S. K., Greene, R. L., Burrell Storms, S. Li & Williams, T. (2017). Breaking Down Silos: Teaching for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Across Disciplines, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, (39)143-162.
- Hockings, C. (2010). Inclusive Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: A Synthesis of Research, York: Higher Education Academy. (Downloadable.)
- Kendi I. X., Atlantic articles
- Klotz, S., & Whithaus, C. (2015). Gloria Anzaldúa’s Rhetoric of Ambiguity and Antiracist Teaching, Composition Studies 43(2), 72-91.
- Lawrie, G., Marquis, E., Fuller, E., Newman, T., Qiu, M., Roelofs, F., & van Dam, L. (2017). Moving Towards Inclusive Learning and Teaching: A Synthesis of Recent Literature, Teaching & Learning Inquiry 5(1), 1-13.
- Matthew, D. B. (2019). On Charlottesville, Virginia Law Review Association, (105)269.
- McIntosh, P. (1988) White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- Quaye, S. J., & Harper, S. R. (2007). Faculty Accountability for Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy and Curricula, Liberal Education, 93(3), 32-39.
- Reddick, R. (June 22, 2020). American companies wouldn’t have as many racist logos if C-suites were more diverse, CNN Business Perspectives.
- Reddick, R. (2020). We can’t breathe at work either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism, Fortune.com.
- Roska, J., Kilgo, C. A., Trolian, T. L., Pascarella, E. T., Blaich, C., & Wise, K. S. (2017). Engaging with Diversity: How Positive and Negative Diversity Interactions Influence Students’ Cognitive Outcomes, The Journal of Higher Education 88 (3), 297-322.
- Solorzano, D., Ceja, M., & Yosso, T. (2000). Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of African American College Students, Journal of Negro Education, 69(1/2), 60-73.
Articles by title
- Blacks in Leadership: Harder Than It Should Have Been – survey data of 28 Black Executives
- Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture – identifies 13 damaging characteristics (practices) within organizations
- COVID-19: Investing in Black Lives and Livelihoods – insights on the disproportionate impact on Black communities
- Diversity Practices: Challenges and Strategies – From Darden’s Ideas Blog
- “The History and Meaning of Juneteenth“
- How US Companies Can Support Employees of Color Through the Pandemic – identifies several practices to engage within any organization
- “Juneteenth is a Reminder That Freedom Wasn’t Just Handed Over,”
- Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is…. A LotYour Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
- Black Employees Deserve a Day – Insights from Upwork’s Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and their inaugural Black Excellence Summit
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom, Faculty Focus,
- Showing Up for Racial Justice, How to Show Up.
- Stop Asking People Of Color To Explain Racism–Pick Up One Of These Books Instead
- Why So Many Organizations Stay White – 5-Part HBR Series
Documentaries, Movies, Videos, Podcasts & Ted Talks
Documentaries (Click here for more options)
- 13th (available on Netflix) – directed by Ava DuVernay. Many cite The New Jim Crow (book by Michelle Alexander) as what woke them up to the extreme injustice in our criminal justice system and arguably 13th would be the documentary version of that, exposing how deep-rooted institutionalized racism is in our society. 13th is an examination of the U.S. prison system and how the country’s history of racial inequity drives the high rate of incarceration in America. The documentary combines archival footage with testimony from activities and scholars.
- Ethnic Notions (1987) Marion Riggs – a documentary of racial stereotypes in America. Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. (Available in UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts Library.)
- I Am Not Your Negro (available on Prime Video): James Baldwin has provided novels, personal essays, and prose to last many lifetimes. The film adaptation explores the extended history of racism through Baldwin’s recollections and personal observations.
- King in The Wilderness (available on HBO): A portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the last years of his life, from his part in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to his assassination in 1968.
- LA92 (available on Netflix): It’s important that we never lose sight of the legacy of police violence. To understand the righteous anger of the Black community, learn more about the LA riots following the Rodney King trial.
- Overview of Juneteenth.
- Race: The Power of an Illusion – A PBS 3-part series on Race
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (available online until 7/4/2020): It is the first feature-length documentary to shed light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: The Black Liberation movement of the late 20th century is riddled with stereotypes and propaganda causing many to believe that the movement died following the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. This documentary sets the record straight from the source with powerful interviews and recollections.
- The Kalief Browder Story (available on Netflix): For many of us, protesting is a right we take for granted. For those in the belly of our criminal justice system, advocating for yourself can be deadly. We must honor Kalief’s sacrifice by knowing his story and ending cash bail.
- The Uncomfortable Truth (available on Prime Video): When the award-winning filmmaker of “An Ordinary Hero”, Loki Mulholland, dives into the 400 year history of institutional racism in America he is confronted with the shocking reality that his family helped start it all from the very beginning.
- Thoughts on this Week’s Events from Trevor Noah
- Understand the history of enslavement and its link to modern mass incarceration: for example, view the Peabody Award-winning documentary True Justice and the Michael B. Jordan movie Just Mercy, both available for free this month.
- Werk Documentary – Experiences of Black women working in predominately white workspaces.
- When I Rise – a documentary about the experiences of Barbara Smith Conrad, Precursor and opera superstar, regarding her removal from the College of Fine Arts’ annual opera.
Movies (Click here for more options)
- American Son (Netflix)
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011), Göran Olsson
- Bless their Little Hearts (1983)
- Blindspotting (available on Hulu): Blindspotting takes a hard look at race and gentrification. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
- Bush Mama (1979), Haile Gerima.
- Daughters of the Dust (1991), Julie Dash.
- Do The Right Thing: Eric Garner and George Floyd have both drawn connections to a fiction character who preceded them both: Radio Raheem of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. The film masterfully highlights where unrest stems from and what leads to the rage felt in uprisings and rebellions.
- Eyes on the Prize: American’s Civil Rights Era 1954-1965 (1987), Henry Hampton
- Fruitvale Station (available on Netflix): When advocating around police brutality, we often lose touch with the humanity of those we fight for. In this masterful film, we see a glimpse of what is stolen from us each time police use excessive force.
- The Hate U Give (Free rent on Youtube): The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’s first novel about a teenage girl who grapples with racism, police brutality, and activism after witnessing her black friend murdered by the police.
- Hidden Figures
- If Beale Street Could Talk (available on Hulu): Activism can be very glorified by those privileged to be advocating from the abstract. This film—part love story, part drama—gives us a look into what is truly at stake for those facing wrongful incarceration head on.
- The Innocence Files (Netflix)
- Killer of Sheep (1978), Charles Burnett
- Malcom X (1992), Spike Lee
- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix.
- Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix)
- Within our Gates (1920), Oscar Micheaux
- Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist – UT alumna and 2020 University Commencement Speaker Brené Brown talks with professor Ibram X.
- Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the
- Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University
- Dear Bruh: A Eulogy. A Baptism. A Call to Action (2020) – Dr. Ya’Ke Smith, The University of Texas, Department of RT
- Fighting Hate from Home: Fighting Racism as a Multiracial Jewish Community – Video discussion hosted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on fighting racism as a multiracial Jewish Community with Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the
- Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Gamal Palmer, Schusterman Fellow 2019, Ginna Green, political consultant and strategist, and ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
- How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion (Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools) — YouTube.
- Juneteenth 2020: Educating Texans About the Emancipation Holiday – by Karina Kling, Spectrum News (June 19, 2020)
- What is Systemic Racism?
Podcasts (Click here for more options)
- About Race
- Cite Black Women Collective Podcast A bi-weekly podcast, discussing the acknowledgment of Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions both inside and outside academia.
- Code Switch Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. It explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
- Fare of the Free Child Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.
- Intersectionality Matters! Host Kimberlé Crenshaw (a leading scholar of critical race theory) explores different topics through an intersectional lens. The most recent episodes are part of a series about COVID-19, titled “Under the Blacklight.”
- Joy, Pain and Juneteenth – an New York Times interview with Daina Berry, UT Austin, Department of History
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast Learn from the people at the frontlines of the racial justice movement–organizational leaders and community activists–with hosts Chevon and Hiba.
- Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is “About Race.”
- Pod Save the People
- Seeing White Scene on Radio is a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke
University and is distributed by PRX. Season 2, the Peabody-nominate Seeing White, Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika explored solutions and responses to America’s deep history of white supremacy.
TED Talks (Click here for a more complete playlist)
- Eve Abrams’s The Human Stories Beyond Mass Incarceration: The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That’s 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers — predominantly African American. Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.
- Kimberle Crenshaw on The Urgency of Intersectionality: Following 2016, ‘intersectionality’ became quite the buzzword, yet gets used out of context often by both the Right and Left alike. Hear from the black woman who coined the term in the ’80s as to how we use intersectionality to defend Black women.
- T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison on The Trauma of Systemic Racism is Killing Black Women: Racism is traumatic. Oftentimes we are focused so much on legislative changes and urgent calls to action, that we neglect the emotional well-being of Black people everywhere facing PTSD from this cyclical violence. Dive more into self-care as radical preservation with this joint TED talk.
- Rayna Gordon’s Don’t Be A Savior, Be An Ally: Sometimes with the best intentions we still fall short. Hear from Rayna about thoughtful allyship that seeks to uplift and support not take over or “save.”
- Heather McGhee’s Racism Has A Cost for Everyone: My liberation is bound in yours. This is not a feel good statement but a reality when it comes to how racism impacts policy, budgets, and prevents us from achieving a society that works for us all
- Verna Meyers on How To Overcome Our Biases? Walk Towards Them: #AllLivesMatter is the new color blind and both terms are proof that people fear being accused of biases more than they feel committed to addressing them. Let’s lose the shame and take bold steps deeper into your allyship.
- Bryan Stevenson’s We Need To Talk About An Injustice: Bryan Stevenson is one of the leading racial justice advocates, working with people incarcerated on death row. If anyone can diagnose recent injustices and understand the steps forward it would be him.
- Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?: We can trace the difficulty many adults have in talking about racism to the silencing of their questions in childhood. You can’t solve the problem of racism in our society without talking about it. Age-appropriate conversations with young children are one way parents and teachers can begin to interrupt the cycle of racism.
- Baratunde Thurston on How To Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time: Racism isn’t funny, but in this TED talk you’ll learn about the pervasive nature of racism and laugh out loud way more times than you’ll be able to count.
We each bring our own beliefs, experiences, and feelings to our anti-racist work – a work that is difficult and demanding. Our ongoing commitment to actively think about and take action against racism, combined with a sense of urgency and deep caring, adds pressure and stress to our daily lives. The emotional impact of this work is real, therefore it is vital that we all practice “self-care” to benefit our overall health and quality of life.
- For people taking action against racism
- For Black people
- For Black academics
- For Girls of Color in Academia
- For White people
- Self-Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling with this Very Painful Week
- Students of Color Are Not OK. Here’s How Colleges Can Support Them
- Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color
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