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Running List of Suggested Antiracism Resources

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The Shortlist: Top 5 Resources We Recommend for Beginners

Supporting Black Lives

Resources For White People Seeking to Practice Antiracism

Specific Subjects

Land Acknowledgements

Ingrained Biases

Parenting and Teaching

Higher Education

Religion and Spirituality

Racism in Policing

Racism and Healthcare

Racism in Lending and Housing

Racism in the Workplace

Talking to Kids About Racism

General Resources



Social Media: Follow These




Video Clips


Entertainment Media Featuring BIPOC Leads


The Shortlist: Top 5 Resources We Recommend for Beginners

  1. Podcast Playlist: Antiracism Podcast Playlist
  2. Book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
  3. Film: 13th
  4. Self-paced educational experience: Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Series
  5. Webinar: White Backlash - Why It Happens And How We Fight Back

Supporting Black Lives

Support The Movement for Black Lives 

Support with Accountability (for white people)

Guidelines for Participating in Organizing

Donate to black-led organizations

Support Black Owned Businesses:

List of Local BOBs

Online at WeBuyBlack

Download the App: The Black Wallet 

Official Black Wall Street- platform for black businesses

Shop Etsy hosts many BOBs. Ask if it’s black owned before buying

Black-Owned Bookstores: Semicolon, Mahogany Books, Ashay by the Bay, Uncle Bobbies, Key Bookstore

Engage in Black History All Year Long:

Beginner’s Guide to Black History Month Overview

Black History Cards Educational Tool

Black History Daily Email

Black History in Two Minutes Podcast

Supporting Black Lives Toolkits and Tips

Reparations Toolkit

M4BL National Demands for COVID-19

Talking Points for Calling People In About “Violence”

26 simple charts to show friends and family who aren't convinced racism is still a problem in America by Business Insider

Resources For White People Seeking to Practice Antiracism

Info About SURJ National

Info About SURJ SB

Local Radio Interview About SURJ SB

Zoom Presentation: Moving From Ally Accomplice

Find us on the web 

Toolkit For White Antiracism Study Groups: Disrupting Racism: Foundations for Concerned White People

What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?

White Allyship 101: Common Missteps in Racial Justice Work

Tools for White Anti-Racist Organizing developed by the Catalyst Project
Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed

Notes on Racial Justice from an Aspiring White Ally/Accomplice/Collaborator

White Responses to Discussions About Racism

White Fragility- original article

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack & WP Checklist  by Peggy McIntosh  White Liberals Still Don’t Understand White Supremacy

How White Americans’ Hatred of Racism Supports Racism Instead of Solves It

Why Talk About Whiteness

Books Especially for Aspiring Allies

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

Uprooting Racism (2017) by Paul Kivel

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2017) by Carol Anderson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

White Like Me by Tim Wise

But I’m NOT Racist! Tools for Well-Meaning Whites by Kathy Obear

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk

Websites for White People

White Ally Toolkit

White People Challenging Racism

The Whiteness Project 

Specific Subjects

Land Acknowledgements

A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

'I regret it': Hayden King on writing Ryerson University's territorial acknowledgement

Example of a Meaningful Land Acknowledgement- not for copying, just for and example

Ingrained Biases

Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Series

Podcast: In the Air We Breathe

10 Ways White People Are More Racist Than They Realize

What is Implicit Bias?  

Take the Implicit Association Tests

Parenting and Teaching

(*See end of this document for resources on HOW to talk to kids about racism)

Dear Non-Black Teens of America…

It’s My Job to Raise Children Who Are Not Only Not Racist But Actively Anti-Racist

I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn’t Even Know It

How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race

The Hard Talk: White Parents Discussing Racism with White Children

On Being White: A Raw, Honest Conversation

Miss Buchanan's Period Of Adjustment

Forget Grit. Focus on Inequality

Higher Education

Whites Dominate California College Faculties While Students Are More Diverse, Study Shows

Why Are You Shoving This Stuff Down Our Throats?

Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom 

Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate
Facing History and Ourselves

Religion and Spirituality

When Spiritual Bypassing Meets Racism Meets Gaslighting

Jennifer Harvey's Dear White Christians  
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Michael Emerson and Christian Smith’s Divided by Faith

Lenny Duncan’s Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.

Christena Cleveland’s Disunity in Christ

Curtiss Paul DeYoung's Coming Together in the 21st Century

Edward Gilbreath’s Reconciliation Blues

Michael Eric Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Trouble I’ve Seen 

Racism in Policing

SURJ Defund the Police Resource Guide 


What is policing?

What do we mean by ‘defund the police’?

What do we mean by the ‘prison industrial complex’?

What do we mean by divest and invest?

What do we mean by abolition?

Resources and Examples of Local Defund Police Campaigns

Resources and Examples of Alternatives to the Police

Creating alternatives ways of dealing with conflict and harm

Interested in Continuing to Learn More about Policing, Imprisonment & Abolition?

Curated Podcast Playlist on Policing

The Washington Post: Fatal Force

The Marshall Project: Policing

Real Time Map of Police Violence: Mapping Police Violence

Police Violence Report

The Code Switch Guide To Race And Policing

Racism and Healthcare

Article: New mom Serena Williams had to talk her hospital staff through saving her life

Code Switch Podcast Episode: This Racism Is Killing Me Inside

Article: Finding Good Pain Treatment Is Hard. If You’re Not White, It’s Even Harder.

TED Talk: The problem with race-based medicine

Podcast: A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers

Racism in Lending and Housing

The red line: Racial disparities in lending

Location, Location, Location (Code Switch addresses Redlining)

Hate on the march: White nationalism in the Trump era

Racism in the Workplace

White Supremacy Culture by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun

Strategic Questioning Manual

Talking to Kids About Racism

(From SBUSD Student Engagement TOSA)

Parent Toolkit • How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism (Spanish)

Common Sense Media • How to Talk With Kids About Racism and Racial Violence (Spanish)

Children's Alliance • Talking About Racism and Bias

Teaching Tolerance • Beyond The Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Race Conscious Children • 100 Race-Conscious Things you can Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justice

NYTimes • Talking to Kids About Racial Violence

Children's Community School • They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race

Kojo for Kids • Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism and the Protests (24 minute podcast)

NPR • Talking Race with Young Children (20 minute podcast)

Healthy Children • Talking to Children About Racial Bias (also in Spanish)

American Psychological Association • Talking to Kids About Discrimination

Penn GSE • Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

Raising Race Conscious Children • 100 Race-Conscious Things you can Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justice 

Children's Community School • Social Justice Resources

Books for Littles • Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race

Embrace Race • 31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

General Resources


Purchase online from a Black Owned Bookstore or borrow free from the public library:

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race (2017) by Beverly Daniel Tatum

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi


Santa Barbara Public Library • Anti-Racist Reading List

NYTimes • These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

Common Sense Media • Books About Racism and Social Justice

Common Sense • Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Oakland Public Library • Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice reading list for all ages

Social Media: Follow These

Healing Justice: BLM SB

Color of Change

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

Black Youth Project 100

Huff Post Black Voices
BeVisible Latinx



Showing Up for Racial Justice

Showing Up for Racial Justice, Santa Barbara

White Nonsense Roundup
White People Challenging Racism 


Scene on Radio Presents: Seeing White


It’s Been a Minute

The Stoop

Our National Conversations About Race


The Nod

Historically Black

Us and Them


Border Crossers 

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond 

Race: The Power of an Illusion 

Class Action


I Am Not Your Negro. Feature length film.

13th: An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. Available for streaming on Netflix.

Raised in the System. Actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system.

Two Fists Up. An examination of how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked activism at the University of Missouri, its football team, and across the rest of the United States.

A Class Divided. PBS film featuring Jane Elliot's Brown Eyes Blue Eyes Exercise showing intergroup dynamics.

The Spies of Mississippi.  A documentary about the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, 57 min.. This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

Video Clips

The Unequal Opportunity Race

 How Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites

5 Things You Should Know About Racism | Decoded | MTV News

5 Tips For Being An Ally


Some of these are free and others are paid:

White Awake

SEED trainings

Black Lives Matter syllabus

Understanding the System of Racial Inequity

World Trust: Social Impact Through Film and Dialogue

Developing Transformative Leaders To Support Everyday Antiracism Practices

Scaffolding Anti-Racism Resources

Entertainment Media Featuring BIPOC Leads

Queen Sugar


Dear White People

The Carmichael Show




 2 Dope Queens

Black Panther

A Wrinkle in Time

Get Out

Girls Trip


How to Get Away with Murder


The Cloverfield Paradox

Sorry to Bother You




If Beale Street Could Talk

Queen and Slim

PBS’ Great Performance of Much Ado about Nothing