Across the nation, communities are feeling the weight of the recent tragic events with heavy hearts. The pain of these events is felt not only here in the United States but around the world.
As an educator and parent, it is important that I am attuned to the feelings and experiences of my children and my students. I have compiled this list of anti-racist resources so I educate myself and be a better advocate for diversity.
As a family, we do not condone racism of any kind. We value diversity and equity. We are committed to improving our community.
During times like this, it is important to look inward and recognize that we can do better and how we can improve. As a family, we pledge to find ways we can continue to learn and help make a difference in our community.
“I see your color and I honor you. I value your input. I will be educated about your lived experiences. I will work against racism that harms you. You are beautiful. Tell me how to do better.”~ CAROLOS A. RODRIGUEZ
We acknowledge that we have a long way to go in addressing the issues of diversity and equity, but we are committed to doing this work.
1. Know Your History
Educate yourself on anti-blackness, systemic oppression, privilege, and the role you and your communities play in upholding systems of white supremacy.
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Color of Money by Mehrsa Baradarn
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
- If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
- Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
- Stumped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
The national Black Lives Matter At School coalition’s brilliant Curriculum Committee put together lesson plans on each of the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter for every grade level.
Where do you fall on the Racism Scale
Anti-racism Resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
21st century, oh what a shame, what a shame~ PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL – “Dreamer”
That race, race still matters
A race 2 what, & where we going?
Listen to resources from Black women, Black community, Black leaders, Black activists, Black authors, Black podcasters. Do NOT put the labor on Black people to educate you.
In response to current events, Warner Bros. is offering free streaming of its film “Just Mercy“ throughout the month of June.
Watch these films:
- Hidden Figures
- When They See Us
- Dear White People
- I Am Not Your Negro
- American Son
- LA 92
- Just Mercy
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- The Hate U Give
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- Malcolm X
Follow these activists on Instagram:
Array 101 ~ A four-part film that tells the harrowing story of the wrongful arrest and incarceration of teenagers Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise in New York.
3. Stay Updated
Follow the hashtags to stay updated on continuing action.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”~ ANGELA Y. DAVIS
Call your family, friends, and community leaders in dialogue around anti-blackness and violence agains the Black community.
Unsure how to talk with little kids about racism, check out the post, Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
Also consider the ideas here, Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race
Donate to a cause:
I know the difficulties and pain of these events do not stop today nor tomorrow. Neither should the work that we are committing to do to ensure the values of diversity and equity.
If you have ideas or resources, leave a comment below.