Educate

In order to do the work that is needed to foster anti-racism, education is often the necessary first step. There are a tremendous number of resources available, and this is in no way intended to be comprehensive.  The Diocese of Michigan also has several resources and actions to take available on their website.

BOOKS

If you are ordering books, consider purchasing from a black-owned bookstore, like Midtown’s Source Booksellers.

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis

The Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

The Cross & The Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone

My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

PODCASTS

1619 – Podcast companion to the New York Times’ 1619 Project

Code Switch – NPR’s long-running series on race

Unlocking Us: Brene Brown & Ibram X. Kendi – a conversation with the author of “How to be An Anti-Racist”

The Ezra Klein Show

Ta-Nehisi Coates on why political power isn’t enough for the Right

Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Floyd, police brutality & hope

Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal

On Being with Krista Tippett

Resmaa Menakem –  Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence

Resmaa Menakem & Robin DiAngelo –  In Conversation

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris – this podcast is about meditation, and has been intensely focused on racial justice for the past several weeks. Many are worth a listen, but especially the one with Resmaa Menakem.

ARTICLES

Slavery is Detroit’s Big Bad Secret, by Bill McGraw

The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

MOVIES

Thirteenth – Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States

I Am Not Your Negro – documentary based on James Baldwin’s life & late works.

KIDS STUFF

Talking to Children about Race: These resources were compiled by the Children’s Community School in Philadelphia, PA and provide age-appropriate resources for kids from infancy to 6+