45+ Antiracist Resources To Read, Watch, Listen, and Donate To Right Now

Angela Davis said, “It is not enough to be not racist, you must actively be anti-racist.” Here are a few tools and resources to up your activism.
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It isn't easy to know where to begin. And, perhaps, we shouldn't begin immediately with a tally of "what we've done" or tangible steps to "make it better". Maybe what we should do first is listen and sit with our own discomfort, pain, anger, and history, to reflect and also own where we are responsible. It is shameful what we face in our nation right now—we support public outcry and uprising, but hope that our white allies will also be brave enough to face guilt in accepting our intrinsic biases and thought patterns, intentional or not. For those holding white privilege it may just be our time to follow—follow without speaking, with unwavering support, and protect those who have been doing the work (in both the virtual world and the real world—those protesting in person). Work has been done, credit deserves to be given, so please look to those first before asking again and again for guidance. 

We have compiled a list of books, interviews, articles, and organizations worthy of your time and resources. PLEASE: READ, LISTEN, ACT, GIVE, and VOTE! 

"If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform." How To Make This Moment The Turning Point For Real Change

"All of a sudden, I became one of the hundreds of black women who have watched a video of a loved one being accosted." Chris Cooper Is My Brother. Here Is Why I Posted His Video

"Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the black community, but we can hardly take the time to sit with that horror as we are reminded, every single day, that there is no context in which black lives matter." Remember, No One Is Coming To Save Us

"I’m a history guy. I’ve been studying this country’s history pretty much all my life. It’s pretty sordid in some areas. But that history ought to inform us. Everybody’s not going to learn the lessons. The ones who learn, you hope they change the world." James Clyburn On The Role of Race In The Coming Election

"The people who have had the luxury of ignoring this particular issue is the white community, which has had the privilege of not questioning—on a large scale—whether the systems they live in are detrimental to their livelihoods, based on their skin color." Why You Need To Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"

"You learn—or, at least I, a black, cisgender man, learned—that there will be moments, random and unbidden, where to save your life you must convince a stranger that you are in some amorphous way good. And at the same time you learn that it probably will not make a difference." It Does Not Matter If You Are Good

To Donate & Support

Sign petitions here and here demanding justice and protection

15% Pledge 

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites 

NAACP

Equal Justice Initiative 

Black Visions Collective

Black Mamas Matter Collective

Be the Bridge

Know Your Rights Camp

BYP100

Color Of Change

Local Black Lives Matter chapter 

Elected Civilian Review Board (to hold police accountable)

#BirthdayForBreonna

How to support Black businesses: WeBuyBlackThe Black WalletOfficial Black Wall Street; list here

To Read

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (in full)

The New York Times 1619 Project

Where To Begin by Cleo Wade

We Live For the We by Dani McClain

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendell

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (and find her anti-racist reading list here)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (primer here)

Stamped by Kendi and Jason Reynold 

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell 

This booklist is anti-racist and so is this one, and this one is for kids

good visual booklist

1000 Black girl books resource guide

Resources

75 things white people can do for racial justice

Test yourself for hidden bias

How white parents can talk to their kids about race

Help for parenting and educating through a critical race lens 

They're not too young to talk about race 

Anti-racist resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein

To Follow 

@rachel.cargle

@ijeomaoluo

@mspackyetti

@chrissyford

@iamrachelricketts

@sonyareneetaylor

@laylafsaad

@melissadtoler

@diversespines

@hereweeread

A Guide To White Privilege (@courtneyahndesign)

How To Be Actively Antiracist (@goodgoodgoodco)

Black-Owned Small Businesses You Can Support From Anywhere (@roohiamber)

This is an ever-evolving list, so please check back as we will be adding in the coming days. 

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