Teaching about Racism, Injustice and Structural Inequality, Resources

The focus of this resource is on dismantling anti-black racism.

WEBSITES WITH TEACHING MATERIALS

Edliberation

Teaching for Black Lives

Black Lives Matter at School

Teaching Tolerance 

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCES

Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity

Teaching Tolerance: Racism and Police Violence 

Facing History and Ourselves: Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans

PBS NewsHour: Death of George Floyd Sets Off Massive Protests 

Zinn Education Project: Two Thumbs Up: Movies to Use (and Avoid) When Teaching Civil Rights 

Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Hard History or Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Hard History

Digital Database African American Women Writers of the 19th Century from Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience from Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Abolition of the Slave Trade from Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Teaching Materials and Resources Related to Teaching for Black Lives compiled by ReThinking Schools (May 2018) 

SOCIAL JUSTICE MATH AND SCIENCE RESOURCES 

Social Justice Mathematics and Science Curricular Resources for K-12 Teachers compiled by Dr. Kari Kokka

TEACHING RESOURCES ABOUT RACISM

For Younger Children

For Middle and High School

For Educators Instructing Future Educators

SYLLABI

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (Catherine Halley, May 2020)

COMPILATIONS OF ANTI-RACIST/#BlackLivesMatter RESOURCES

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources (Document Created by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann & Bailie Gregory, updated June 2020)

Anti-Racism Resources (Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein, May 2020)

Critical Racial and Social Justice Resources (Robin DiAngelo PhD) 

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Research Roundup (Written by Katrina Michie, Oct. 2019?) 

#BlackLivesMatter Resources (Curated by Tia C. Madkins, June 2020) 

Education and Criminalization: Do #BlackLivesMatter in Schools? (Compiled by Subini Annamma, June 2020)

Compilation of Educational Resources, Books to Read, Books to Teach and Organizations to Follow (USC Rossier School of Education)

Uprooting Whiteness [Supremacy & Domination] (Compilation Resource Constructed by William Frey)

Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Staff, June 2020)

This Is Not a Riot: A Comprehensive List of Reading and Viewing Materials Broken Into 12 Sections (Credit to scholars, writers, and designers affiliated with MutualAid.NYC)

FACEBOOK GROUPS

  • CRESST Critical Resources for Elementary Social Studies Teachers (Private)

    • We are a collective of teachers, methods instructors, and researchers interested in building a robust set of resources for a critical social studies education in the elementary grades that specifically addresses issues of equity and justice. We advocate for the inclusion of people and topics that are too often misrepresented or left out of textbooks and standards for young children. We emphasize student choice and voice in classroom activities and opportunities for students to tackle real world problems. We aim to build classroom communities that are inclusive and democratic with students' lives and questions at the center.  

  • People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (Page)

  • South Jersey Women for Progressive Change

    • Facebook Group (Private)

    • Facebook Page 

      •  SJWPC is an action network for intersectional grassroots advocacy and activism, open to all who identify as female or were assigned female at birth. Together with our local, state, and national communities, we strive to be an agent of progressive change. Formed after the 2016 election, this group gives progressive women in South Jersey a place to connect to take action.  For now, the space is for those who have experienced life as a girl or woman, including trans and non-binary people.

  • Stand Up for Black People Challenge 

    • So you want to see positive change for Black people right?  You are now officially challenged to Stand Up for Black People.  This group was created for people, of all backgrounds, to share how they are uplifting the Black community, standing up against systemic hate and racism, and doing so in a non-violent, positive manner.  Only uplifting and action-oriented commentary will be permitted.  

  • Teaching on Days After: Dialogue & Resources for Educating Toward Justice (Private)

    • This group will share resources and offer a space for dialogue about teaching on days after injustice, traumas, and tragedies, on an international, national, or local scale. How do we as educators respond to these major events in our classrooms?

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS 

Twitter Thread of Resources for All Parents to Discuss Race, Racial Violence, adn Social Justice with their Kids (Creator Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, EdD @TheParentScoop) 

Video Interview with Ibrahim X. Kendi on How to Raise Kids to be Anti-Racist and Talk to Them About Racism (CBS Morning Show, June 2020)

Article 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice (Raising Race- Conscious Children, June 2016) 

20-Minute Podcast Talking Race with Young Children (NPR, Apr. 2019) 

Book Raising White Kids -- Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Article Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Research Roundup (Written by Katrina Michie, Oct. 2019?) 

Resource Black Lives Matter Instructional Library, with Embedded Read-Aloud Children’s Books

Resource EmbraceRace Collection of Resources: Children’s Books

VIDEO RESOURCES

10 Documentaries to Watch About Race Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things for You (Ben Clay, June 2020)

Interview with Ibrahim X. Kendi on How to Raise Kids to be Anti-Racist and Talk to Them About Racism (CBS Morning Show, June 2020)

How to Talk to Kids About Race (The Atlantic, Oct. 2018)

Systemic Racism Explained

Dr. Bettina Love Explains the Difference Between Allies and Co-Conspirators in the Fight for Justice (C-SPAN, March 2019)

The Color of Fear: 

Life of Privilege Explained in an $100 Race (LinkYear, Oct. 2017?) 

How to Talk to Kids About Race (The Atlantic, Oct. 2018)

PODCASTS

1619 (New York Times)

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White

The Diversity Gap

ANTIRACISM RESOURCES FOR WHITE PEOPLE

Showing Up for Racial Justice (Organization)

White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy (Teaching Tolerance Q&A with Diane Flinn, Georgette Norman, Sejal Patel, and Yvette Robles) 

Uprooting Whiteness [Supremacy & Domination] (Compilation Resource Constructed by William Frey)

What's My Complicity: Talking White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo (Teaching Tolerance Interview, Summer 2019)

Constructive White Conversations: A Growing Anti-Racist Community (Resource Hub, 2020)

Divided No Longer: Calling out White Supremacy, Understanding It, and Dismantling It (Blog/Resource Hub by Karen Gaffney)

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge (Dr. Eddie Moore)

Me & White Supremacy: a 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (Workbook by Layla Saad) 

People’s Institute for Survival And Beyond (PISAB) (Organization)

Anti-Racist Alliance (Organization)

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor, to Ally, to Accomplice (Resource Hub)

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Research Roundup (Written by Katrina Michie, Oct. 2019) 

“Let’s Talk: Discussing Whiteness” (Teaching Tolerance Webinar Series)

KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators (Resource Hub, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, June 2020)

Articles:

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (Connit Shutack, Aug. 2017)

Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life (Zyahna Bryant, June 2020)

Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW (Luvvie Ajayi, Sept. 2016)

Doing the Work: White People Must Invest in Anti-Racism (Jenn Jackson, Dec. 2017)

For White People Who Must Take Action When ‘Good Intentions’ are Not Enough (Jamila Lyiscott, Aug. 2017)

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating for People of Color (Kesiena Boom, Apr. 2018) 

11 Things White People Need to Realize About Race (Emma Gray/Jessica Samakow, July 2015)

5 Ways White People Can Fight White Supremacy (Michael Harriot, Oct. 2017)

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies (Country Ariel, Aug. 2017)

SCHOLARSHIP

Ahmed, Sara. 2005. The Politics of Bad Feeling. Australasian Journal of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 1, pp. 72-85.

Alexander, M. (2010). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York, NY: New Press.

Anderson, C. (2017). White rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Baldwin, J. (1993). The fire next time. New York, NY: Vintage International.

Bonilla-Silva, E. (2016) Racism without racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America (5th Ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Burrell, T. (2010). Brainwashed: Challenging the myth of Black inferiority. Carlsbad, CA: Smiley Books.

Coates, T. (2015). Between the world and me. New York, NY: Spiegel and Grau.

Davis, A. Y. (1983). Women, race & class. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Dyson, M. E. (2017). Tears we cannot stop: A sermon to white America. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.

Eberhardt, J. L. (2020). Biased: Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do. London, United Kingdom: Penguin Books.

Hill, M. L. (2017). Nobody: Casualties of America’s war on the vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and beyond. New York, NY: Atria Books

hooks, b. (2000). Where we stand: Class matters. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kendi, I. X. (2017). Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. New York, NY: Nation Books.

Kendi, I. X. (2019). How to be an antiracist. New York, NY: One World.

King, M.L. (1963). Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Retrieved from: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/letter-from-birmingham-jail/552461/

Love, B. (2019). We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Menakem, R. (2017). My grandmother's hands: Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.

Moore, E., Michael, A., Penick-Parks, M. W., Singleton, G. E., & Hackman, H. (2018). The guide for White women who teach Black boys: Understanding, connecting, respecting. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Morris, M. W., Conteh, M., & Harris-Perry, M. (2018). Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools. New York, NY: The New Press.

Oluo, I. (2019). So you want to talk about race. New York, NY: Seal Press.

Roberts, D. E. (1997). Killing the black body: Race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Saad, L. F. (2020). Me and white supremacy: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Sturkey, W. (2019). Hattiesburg: An American city in black and white. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Tatum, B. D. (2017). "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" and other conversations about race. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Washington, H. A. (2008). Medical apartheid: The dark history of medical experimentation on Black Americans from colonial times to the present. New York, NY: Anchor Books, a division of Random House.

Watts-Jones T. D. (2010). Location of self: opening the door to dialogue on intersectionality in the therapy process. Family process, 49(3), 405–420. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01330.x

West, C. (1994). Race matters. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Wiencek, H. (2000). The Hairstons: An American family in black and white. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin.

ORGANIZATIONS/PROJECTS

  • Anti-Racist of Alliance 

    • ARA is a movement for racial equity. We are an organizing collective of human service practitioners and educators whose vision is to bring a clear and deliberate anti-racist structural power analysis to social service education and practice.

  • Assata’s Daughters

    • Assata’s Daughters is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. AD organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. 

  • The Black Youth Project 

    • The Black Youth Project will examine the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics.

  • Color of Change

    • Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. By designing strategies powerful enough to fight racism and injustice—in politics and culture, in the workplace and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist—we are changing both the written and unwritten rules of society. 

  • COLORLINES

    • COLORLINES is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion and curation. COLORLINES is published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice.

  • The Conscious Kid 

    • The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

  • The Conciliation Project

    • Based in Richmond, Virginia, The Conciliation Project produces original plays that inspire, inform, and include everyone in a conversation around race. Their mission is to promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy. 

  • Dr. Barbara Love

    • Coach, Author and Educator, Dr. Barbara Love offers a framework, liberatory consciousness “to maintain an awareness of the dynamics of oppression characterizing society without giving in to despair and hopelessness about that condition and enabling us to practice intentionality about changing systems of oppression”.

  • Dr. Kira Banks

    • Psychologist and Educator, Dr. Banks has created a series called Raising Equity, which explores what it means to intentionally raise children with “an equity mindset”, knowledge and an understanding of systemic inequalities.

  • Dream Defenders

    • The Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 after the tragic killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Today, the Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision we have for the state. Our agenda is called the Freedom Papers. Through it, we are advancing our vision of safety and security -- away from prisons, deportation, and war -- and towards healthcare, housing, jobs, and movement for all. 

  • EMBRACERACE 

    • Co-founded by Andrew Grant-Thomas & Melissa Giraud, EmbraceRace is multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. There are a lot of great resources, particularly webinars on talking to kids about race and racism and an incredible list of books for both kids and caregivers.

  • Emmett Till Memory Project

    • The Emmett Till Memory Project is your complete guide to the legacy of Till’s murder. The app takes users to the most important sites in the Mississippi Delta and beyond. By telling Till’s story from the perspective of each site, the app encourages users to wrestle with different versions of Till’s story and think critically about how it has been passed on.

  • NJ Cultural Competence Training Center 

    • For all mental health professionals in NJ there are cultural training centers in the Northern, and Central and Southern regions that provide trainings and address organizational cultural competency, funded by DMHAS

  • PISAB- The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond 

    • PISAB is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. Through Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing Workshops, technical assistance and consultations, The People’s Institute helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.

  • Rutgers University Cultivating Inclusion and Transformational Excellence Learning Communities (CITE)

    • Rutgers University is committed to fostering a campus climate where every student, faculty, staff member, alumni, and visitor feels welcomed, affirmed, included, and valued. To realize this vision, all members of the campus community must be engaged in this important work. In the spirit of cultivating this environment, the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement offers a yearlong sustained dialogue program for faculty and staff.

  • Southern Poverty Law Center

    • The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

  • SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice 

    • SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability..

  • Truthout

    • Truthout is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to providing independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues. Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing for progressive and transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis.

  • Volunteer Counseling Services 

    • Based in New City, NY VCS saves lives every day by providing counseling services and mental health treatment with an anti-racist, social justice mission .

WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS, AND WEBINARS

  • Educate Yourself: Online Racial Equity Workshops

    • Collection of workshops from Eventbrite

    • Ticket fees waived for events “in this collection”

  • “Let’s Talk: Discussing Whiteness” (Teaching Tolerance 4-Part Webinar Series)

    • This series covers a range of critical topics that can be difficult to discuss with students and colleagues. We'll discuss whiteness as a racial identity with the understanding that acknowledging whiteness and the privilege and power attached to it is a necessary step in working toward racial justice.

  • NJ Cultural Competence training centers:

    • Cultural Competence Training Center

      • Center For Family Services, in partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addictions, is proud to offer professional development trainings to behavioral healthcare professionals in New Jersey's southern region. The Cultural Competence Training Center offers a variety of training opportunities, as well as technical assistance, for contracted agencies of DHMAS in New Jersey's central and southern regions. Contact us for more information. 

    • Culture Connections: Cultural Competence Training and Coaching (Managed by Family Connections)

      • The program does this through the provision of  cultural competence resources, on-site and virtual training, and technical assistance consultation for agencies, self-help centers, and community wellness centers seeking to develop cultural proficiency plans and improve organizational cultural competence.

  • Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others (Pepperdine University's online Master of Psychology program)

  • People's Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB): Programs 

    • "Undoing Racism" Workshop 

      • 2-3 day-long, powerful workshop that stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities of color, creating, networks, undoing internalized oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gatekeeping in perpetuating racism. 

    • European Dissent Groups

      • They are open to White people only who understand the analysis and give space for Whites to process these issues of Internalized Racial Superiority, without having to subject POC to more trauma and help prepare White people to become better allies in order to follow the lead of POC in this movement.

  • Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome Workshop (Dr. Joy DeGruy)

    • The Theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggest that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors - some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience, and other that are detrimental and destructive. In brief, Dr DeGruy presents facts, statistics and documents that illustrate how varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned veridical stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery.

  • Volunteer Counseling Services: Social Justice Programs and Trainings

    • ​Social Justice Training in the Workplace

      • Professional trainers are available for consultations and/or presentations for any interested agency, institution, organization, business or community group. Programs will be tailored to your specific needs and can cover domestic violence, racism, sexism, heterosexism/homophobia, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) education and awareness, bias-related incidents and cultural sensitivity. 

    • Working Together for Racial Justice

      • A continued monthly discussion to offer each other mentoring, ideas and support informed by the tenets of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond's Undoing Racism Workshop.

PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle 

Brittany Packnett Cunningham @mspackyetii 

From Privilege to Progress @privtoprog

Michelle Saahene @michellesaahene

Melissa DePino @thewildsister

PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER

Brittany Packnett Cunningham @MsPackyetti

DeRay McKesson @deray

Clint Smith @ClintSmithIII

Sam Sinyangwe @samswey

Treva Lindsey @divafeminist

Ibram Kendi @DrIbram

Derecka Purnell @dereckapurnell

Heather McGhee @hmcghee

Bernice King @berniceking

William Barber @RevDrBarber

Bree Newsome Bass @BreeNewsome

Nikole Hannah Jones @nhannahjones

Johnetta Elzie @Nettaaaaaaaa

Opal Tometi @opalayo

Alicia Garza @aliciagarza

BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES

https://afrotech.com/10-black-owned-online-bookstores-to-support-while-at-home

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/g32782756/black-owned-bookstores/

https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php