Becoming Anti-Racist Resource List

This page is being actively developed and new content is added regularly to list below. Follow us on social media @RUDiversity for regular updates.

 

We encourage you to wrestle with, make sense of, and put into action what you learn from the resources shared here. To help you thoughtfully engage, we created active reflection prompts below. Be sure to check them out.

 

Understand How Race Shapes Experiences in Higher Education

Articles

  • White Academia: Do Better by Jasmine Roberts in Medium
  • 10 Signs of Institutional Racism by Robin L. Hughes in Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • Minoritized Senior Faculty in Higher Education, Please Stand Up in Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • “Missouri 3 Years Later: Lessons Learned, Protests Still Resonate” by Rick Seltzer in Inside Higher Ed
  • “Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate a research report” by the American Council of Education
  • “How to Subvert the Capitalist White-Supremacist University” by Debarati Biswas for Public Books
  • “Pushing Back Against Racism and Xenophobia on Campuses” by MarYam Hamedani, Hazel Rose Markus and Paula Mo in Inside Higher Ed
  • “Are Campus Leaders Prepared for the Impact of the Racial Crisis?” by Adrianna Kezar, Sharon Fries-Britt, and Lorelle Espinosa in Inside Higher Ed
  • “Diversity and Inclusion are Not Enough” by Benjamin D. Reese in Inside Higher Ed
  • “Is Your University Racist” by Bedelia Richards in Inside Higher Ed
  • “Teachers Are as Racially Biased as Everybody Else, Study Shows” by Madeline Will in Education Week

Books

Understand How Race Shapes Experiences in the Workplace

  • Working While Black: Stories from Black Corporate America in Fortune
  • Moving Beyond Diversity to Racial Equity in Harvard Business Review
  • Restructure Your Organization to Actually Advance Racial Justice in Harvard Business Review
  • Continuum on Becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization from Philanos
  • Why So Many Organizations Stay White by Victor Ray in Harvard Business Review
  • Towards a Racially Just Workplace by Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo in Harvard Business Review
  • Working While Black by Sam Louie in Psychology Today
  • Dear White People: Here Are 10 Actions You Can Take To Promote Racial Justice In The Workplace in Forbes

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Understand How Anti-Black Racism Shapes American Society

This list was curated in part from the following resources, visit them directly to view the complete and diverse list.

Who is this for? This anti-racist syllabus is for people realizing they were never taught how to be anti-racist. How to treat all the racial groups as equals. How to look at the racial inequity all around and look for the racist policies producing it, and the racist ideas veiling it. This list is for people beginning their anti-racist journey after a lifetime of defensively saying, “I’m not a racist” or “I can’t be a racist.” Beginning after a lifetime of assuring themselves only bad people can be racist.

Who is this for? Those looking to understand the struggle for Black rights and freedom, particularly, how the past informs the present—and the future. These eight books grapple with the current challenges we are facing as a nation and offer solutions and strategies for how we might build a more just and equal society. And in this moment of pain and despair, they may even offer some hope.

Who is this for? For those who actually want to learn, to get woke, and to stay educated, these books are downright essential and helpful to teach us about race, race relations, history, and progress.

Who is this for? These resources were compiled to be helpful during these frightening and frustrating times. Recognizing that understanding begins with all of us looking inward, reflecting on our own attitudes, and of course, having difficult conversations with family and friends. 

 

Read Now (Articles)

  • “The Function of Black Rage” by Mychal Denzel Smith in The Nation
  • “When Silence Is Betrayal” – What Must Be Said About The Killing Of George Floyd by Seth Cohen in Forbes
  • “The Death of George Floyd, In Context,” by Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker
  • “Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People,” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for the New York Times
  • The 1619 Project, in particular this essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones for the New York Times. 
  • “It’s exhausting. How many hashtags will it take for all of America to see Black people as more than their skin color?” by Rita Omokha for Elle
  • “How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change,” by Barack Obama in Medium
  • Next time someone tells you "all lives matter," show them this cartoon by German Lopez in Vox

Watch Now (Videos)

Listen Now (Podcasts)

Books

Active Reflection: Apply What You Have Learned 

  1. What are your initial thoughts and feelings on what you read/heard/watched? 
  2. What are your immediate takeaways/”aha moments” from the resource? 
  3. What parts of the resource affirmed what you “knew” to be true? What parts challenged what you “knew” to be true? 
  4. What parts of the resource inspired you to take action? What action(s) do you plan on taking? How will you apply what you learned as you take action(s)? 
  5. Did the resource help you to better understand your lived experience or that of those around you? Why or Why not? How will that understanding shape how you engage with others going forward? 
  6. What topics or issues raised in the resource are you invested in learning more about? Are there other items on the Becoming Anti-racist resource list that you can explore to support your growth?
  7. The resources point to the need for institutional change to interrupt systemic racism. What steps will you take to support that change?

 

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