On this page I am assembling a list of resources for becoming anti-racist. I am creating this as much for my own benefit as for others'. I need a place to collect everything so that I can give each item the time and attention it deserves.
By its nature, this page is dynamic and incomplete. If you have suggestions for additions or would like to engage in conversation about these topics, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out via my Contact page.
Definitions, from Ibram X. Kendi's book How to Be an Antiracist
Racism: A powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value
Racist: One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea
Antiracist: One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea
If you aren't sure where to start, take a look at the Quick Start sections immediately below. Otherwise keep scrolling for content sorted by format.
Quick Start: Beginner
VIDEO (1.5 min): How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This short video introduces the idea of antiracism. Dr. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He will become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.
ARTICLE (4 min): "Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people", Ijeoma Oluo, March 28, 2019. Ijeoma Oluo is an esteemed writer, speaker, and thinker. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, TIME, the Guardian, and many others.
VIDEO (22 min): Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin DiAngelo. This video is a brief introduction to White Privilege and how to begin thinking about your role in it. Dr. DiAngelo is a professor at the University of Washington researching Whiteness and racism and has written multiple books, including White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
Quick Start: Intermediate
WEBSITE: Talking About Race: Being Antiracist, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution). This is an enormous resource, complete with an introduction to antiracism, activities, videos, and what we can do right now and every day to promote antiracism and be antiracist.
ARTICLE: James Baldwin, July 1968, "How to Cool It" First published in 1968, Esquire republished this interview in 2017 because of its continued relevance today.
FILM: 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. Titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this documentary shows how the American prison system perpetuates the oppression of Black people.
James Baldwin, July 1968, "How to Cool It" (First published in 1968, Esquire republished in 2017.)
President Barack Obama, June 1, 2020, "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change"
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, June 1, 2020, "The American Nightmare": To be black and conscious of anti-black racism is to stare into the mirror of your own extinction.
Ijeoma Oluo, March 28, 2019, "Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people"
Ibram X. Kendi, December 6, 2018, "This is what an antiracist American would look like. How do we get there?"
Theodosia Cook (CU), June 4, 2020, "Reflections on race and the times"
Ijeoma Oluo, August 14, 2017, "So You Want To Fight White Supremacy"
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., June 19, 2020, "The History That James Baldwin Wanted America to See"
Tim Wise, June 16, 2020, "Code of Ethics for White Anti-Racists"
Jaswinder Bolinda, June 30, 2020, "American, Indian"
Books from Black Authors and/or on Black Themes and Racism
Thank you to Dwight Browne and Lucy Van Kleunen for contributing to this list.
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin (1963)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou (1969)
So You Want To Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo (2018)
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones (2018)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem (2017)
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi (2018) (National Book Award winner)
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952)
Native Son, by Richard Wright (1940)
Oreo, by Fran Ross (1974)
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (2015)
Why We Can't Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr. (includes his Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963)
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches, by Dr. King, edited by James M. Washington
Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900, edited by Jaqueline Jones Royster
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (2016)
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland, by Jonathan M. Metzl
The Ways of White Folks, Langston Hughes
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, by Lothrop Stoddard (1920, available for free from Project Gutenberg, linked here)
The Negro, by W.E.B. DuBois (free on Kindle)
The N***** of the "Narcissus": A Tale of the Forecastle, by Joseph Conrad (1897, available for free from Project Gutenberg, linked here)
The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois (1903, available for free from Project Gutenberg, linked here)
Soul on Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver (1968)
The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom (2019)
Of Color, by Jaswinder Bolina (2020)
How to Be an Antiracist (Interview)
What IS antiracism? What does antiracism look like?
Jemele Hill (staff writer for The Atlantic) interviews Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival presented by the Aspen Institute.
How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history
The United Daughters of the Confederacy altered the South's memory of the Civil War and helped lead the "Lost Cause" movement.
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Dr. DiAngelo is a white woman whose research is in racism and white privilege. This is a short 22-minute video that is a good starting point for white folks just starting to explore their role in antiracism.
13th (A Documentary)
"Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America."
Netflix has currently made this available for free on YouTube.
Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future for Kids
This panel discussion from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, facilitated by Julie Lythcott-Haims, explores personal stories of experienced racism with actions that we can take to be antiracist. This is extremely useful for parents and non-parents alike.
A Conversation on Race and Privilege with Angela Davis and Jane Elliott
Let's get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier
"The New Jim Crow" Author Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture 2013 at the University of Chicago
Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Resmaa Menakem, "Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence" - from On Being with Krista Tippett. As with most of Ms. Tippett's shows, this one is insightful, emotional, and thought-provoking. Menakem has worked with the military and the police, and he also wrote a book: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
Ibram X. Kendi, "How to Be an Antiracist" - from Unlocking Us with Brené Brown. This episode focuses on Dr. Kendi's book of the same title, which was published in 2019.
1619, an audio series from the New York Times
'Whistling Vivaldi' and Beating Stereotypes - an NPR segment from Talk of the Nation. Claude Steel discusses his book, Whistling Vivaldi, which addresses stereotype threat.
Talking About Race: Being Antiracist, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution). This is an enormous resource, complete with activities, videos, and what we can do right now and every day to promote antiracism.
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus, from JSTOR Daily
Anti-racism resources for white people compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge from Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
Guide to Allyship by Amélie Lamont
Official and Unofficial University of Colorado Communications and Resources
This does not include all communications. Only ones that contain useful, actionable information are shared here.
from Amy Moreno, Director of Inclusive Culture, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS)
from Amy Moreno (Director of Inclusive Culture) and Tanya Ennis (Director of the BOLD Center), both from CEAS, on Celebrating Pride Month, Black Lives and LGBTQ+ Communities
DiversifyCUnow, a group working to amplify and support actions of CU BIPOC students, staff, and faculty
DIVEST2INVEST, a demand from BIPOC students to CU administrators that CU divest from police and invest in BIPOC students
Specific to Computing and Computer Science
Because this is my field, and we have a long way to go towards promoting antiracism.
Birhane & Guest. 2020. "Towards Decolonising Computational Sciences"
ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Shared Community Resources on Anti-Racism
Ko, Oleson, Ryan, Register, Xie, Tari, Davidson, Druga, & Loksa. November 2020. "It Is Time for More Critical CS Education," Communications of the ACM.
Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones. June 10, 2020. "What Can CS Departments Do?" From medium.com. This short article has specific, actionable suggestions. The most important recommendation he makes is to "rethink all of your assumptions."
Washington, N. November 5, 2020. "My Work Is My Protest," a lecture hosted by NCWIT Conversations for Change.
An Open Letter & Call to Action to the Computing Community from Black in Computing and Our Allies, June 8, 2020. See also this related Action Item List with very specific actions to take at every level.
Any of the Algorithmic Justice League (AJL) talks: https://www.ajl.org/library/multimedia
No Justice, No Robots: An Open Letter. This open letter about the ethical use of artificial intelligence has been signed by over 100 researchers so far.
Ogbonnaya, Smith, To, & Toyama. 2020. "Critical Race Theory for HCI." CHI 2020. https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3313831.3376392
Abebe, Barocas, Kleinberg, Levy, Raghavan, & Robinson. 2020. "Roles for Computing in Social Change." FAT* 2020. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1912.04883.pdf
Ko. 2020. "CS education in higher education." Presentation to Microsoft. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15UxfJnjI8P0N33xGlTqY1A39SQdxBUwQ2jflkVMmF7Q/edit?usp=sharing
Mitchell, Wu, Zaldivar, Barnes, Vasserman, Hutchinson, Spitzer, Raji, & Gebru. 2019. "Model Cards for Model Reporting." FAT* '19. https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.03993
Vincent. 2020. "What a machine learning tool that turns Obama white can (and can't) tell us about AI bias." The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/21298762/face-depixelizer-ai-machine-learning-tool-pulse-stylegan-obama-bias. About the PULSE algorithm.
#ShutDownSTEM, resources for antiracism and inclusion in STEM and academia
Shared Community Resources on Anti-Racism from ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
Mélise Edwards, May 10, 2020, "Cognitive Reserve and Racial Privilege in STEM"
Effective Teaching is Anti-Racist Teaching from Brown University's Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning: https://www.brown.edu/sheridan/teaching-learning-resources/inclusive-teaching/effective-teaching-anti-racist-teaching
ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Shared Community Resources on Anti-Racism
This draft syllabus statement from Dr. Brenda Allen, Professor Emerita of CU Denver
Is Lecturing Racist? article from Inside Higher Ed by Scott Freeman and Elli Theobald