This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources. UPDATED 06/12/20
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Documents containing resources used in this list:
Anti-racism Resources for White People (Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein - May 2020)
Summary of the Stages of Identity Development -- this document includes white identity development models, as well as models for people of color
A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have - provides the framework for white identity development (Janet E. Helms)
A link to this document was shared on June 11, 2020 and was attached to the image below. This image was not created by the authors of this scaffolded document and the creators of the image were not cited. This image can be found in the reintegration section of this document. An earlier partial attribution has been updated to include the necessary citation additions, which are listed here: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005). Adapted: Ellen Tuzzolo (2016); Mary Julia Cooksey Cordero (2019); The Conscious Kid (2020)
Stage of white identity development (Helms) and their corresponding beliefs/thoughts/actions
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What to do next?
How folks move from this stage: by being confronted with active racism or real-world experiences that highlight their whiteness.
Educating yourself is important -- utilize resources about racial inequality and biases.
Reject the desire to ask Black folks, Indigineous folks or people of color (BIPOC) to explain racism for you. Instead, find resources created by BIPOC to help educate yourself, or offer to financially compensate BIPOC folks who are educating you!
How folks move from this stage: by participating in anti-racist work.
*Big caution for this stage: be aware that sitting in guilt or shame might move us to the reintegration stage.
Do not let guilt (white guilt) or shame stop you from doing anti-racist work.
Find a way to do the work of anti-racism. Some examples might include attending a training, joining an allies group, participating in a protest. Keep working to grow, instead of settling into shame, and ask folks how you can grow.
How do folks move past this stage? By combating these feelings of defensiveness, shame or superiority.
[image source: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (2005). Adapted: Ellen Tuzzolo (2016); Mary Julia Cooksey Cordero (@jewelspewels) (2019); The Conscious Kid (2020)]
Remember that moving forward is important. It might be helpful to revisit some of the previous resources to help remind you of why this work is important.
Continue to find a way to participate. Some examples might include attending a training, joining an allies group, participating in a protest. Keep working to grow, instead of settling into shame.
Begin having difficult conversations with white friends and family about racism and inequality.
Begin to think about how you might use your privilege to support anti-racist work.
Reflective Journal Prompts
Complete the journal prompts and consider completing some of the action items laid out in these resources!
Answer these questions (written by Nii Addo Abrahams, M.A., M. Div. / Twitter & Instagram @_nickyflash_)
The End of Policing (Alex Vitale)
Social media accounts to follow in any stage:
For those who want to be a better anti-racist in thier faith traditions
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Jemar Tisby)
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. (Lenny Duncan)
Disunity in Christ (Christena Cleveland)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Cone)
Reconciliation Blues (Edward Gilbreath)
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (Michael Eric Dyson)
Trouble I’ve Seen (Drew G. I. Hart)
I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (Chanequa Walker-Barnes)
Dear White Christians (Jennifer Harvey)
Divided by Faith (Michael Emerson and Christian Smith)
*We are thankful for all of you who have shared links from your faith traditions. The shared links below have been suggested for addition.
Jewish Racial Justice Resources
Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
Race & Racism (Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative)
Anti-Racism Guide for White Muslims
If you’d prefer to read a novel:
For those in education:
Accessible resources for the youth:
Antiracist Baby (Ibram X. Kendi)
This Book is Antiracist (Tiffany Jewell)
Crossover Series (Kwame Alexander)
Young Adult Literature:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
New Kid by Jerry Craftf
Resources for parents:
Raising White Kids (Jen Harvey) -- article here: 'Raising White Kids' Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race
Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy
Document created by:
Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022)
Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021)
Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.