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Quick Reads

"The First White President" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

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"No, I Won’t Stop Saying 'White Supremacy'" by Robin DiAngelo

Article on the ways white supremacy captures the all-encompassing centrality and assumed superiority of people defined and perceived as white.

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"White Supremacy and Trump Cannot Have Our People" by Chris Crass

Article on the differences between middle-class and working-class orientations to the work of ending racism.

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Longer Reads and Listens

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

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"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" by Michelle Alexander

Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander examines how Jim Crow laws morphed into a racist system of mass incarceration.

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"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing" by Dr. Joy DeGruy

An exploration of the ongoing impact of slavery on African Americans in the United States and throughout the diaspora. Based on twelve years of qualitative and quantitative research, Dr. DeGruy shows how intergenerational trauma, continuing oppression, internalized racism, and other factors combine to create Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

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"Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups" by the Western States Center

Contents include:

  • The Context of Dismantling Racism Work
  • Developing Shared Language and Analysis
  • From Internalized Racist Oppression to Empowement
  • From Internalized White Supremacy to Anti-Racist White Ally
  • Anti-Racist Organizational Development
  • Moving Racial Justice Organizing

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Slate Academy Podcast: "The History of American Slavery"

America's defining institution, as told through the lives of nine enslaved people. Enroll in the college course you wish you'd taken, learning from acclaimed historians and writers, alongside Slate's Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion.

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Slate Academy Podcast: "Reconstruction"

The era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War was our best chance to build an American democracy grounded in racial equality. Its failure helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our politics today.

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"Seeing White" Podcast series

Just what is going on with white people? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions.

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Resources for Children

"Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice" from the Oakland Library

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"#RaiseUpJustice Diverse Books Starter Kit" by SURJ National

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