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In June 2020, I created and made public this list of anti-racism works that I have either consumed or intend to consume soon not because there is a lack of lists like this – there isn't, and there is no lack of resources – but because I know that it can be easier to trust advice and commentary from a friend than from strangers or from a list of search results. This list is NOT an excuse not to heed the advice and suggestions of BIPOC over and above mine – that is not by ANY stretch what I mean by the words friend and stranger. I just know that it's nice to know you'll have someone to discuss and process things with. I'll update and add to this list as I continue my own work. Checkmarks indicate that I have watched/read/listened.

This document is view-only for everyone except me, so play with the order you're viewing things in all you want (A-Z by format, genre, length, etc.) – it won't mess it up for anyone else. If you want to discuss any of this content with me, or if there's something you think should be added to this list, please email me at rachel@rachelmarie.com.
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MovieHorror, ThrillerNetflixGet OutJordan PeeleBlumhouse Productions104 minutes20172017
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MovieComedy, Sci-Fi, FantasySorry to Bother YouBoots RileySignificant Productions112 minutes20182019
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MovieSci-fiRent or BuyAttack the BlockJoe Cornish (White)Big Talk Pictures88 minutes20112020Addresses intersection of socioeconomic status, race, and relationship with police; adultification of Black boys
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MovieDocumentaryNetflixDisclosure: Trans Lives on ScreenSam Feder (White), Laverne CoxField of Vision100 minutes20202020Addresses intersecions of queerness, transness, and Blackness
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PodcastConversationGood Content, Episode 2: Racism + Police Brutality as a Pro-Life IssueAlex + Erin– 1:10:3020202020Racism and police brutality, both in the world and in the Catholic Church, and how both of these are pro-life issues
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BookHistory, PsychologyCaste: The Origins of Our DiscontentsIsabel WilkersonPenguin Random House496 pages20202020Addresses the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human division
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VideoLectureYouTube
How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Peggy McIntoshTEDxTimberlaneSchools18:262012June 2020Excellent intro to white privilege, coming from the white woman who coined the phrase
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VideoPanelYouTubeBlack Feminism & the Movement for Black LivesBarbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene CarruthersNational LGBTQ Task Force50:482016June 2020A diverse panel of Black women activists
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VideoPoetryYouTubeDon't Call Us DeadDanez Smith (and Eve L. Ewing)Chicago Humanities Festival54:432017June 2020#queer
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VideoLectureYouTubeWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's DivideCarol AndersonEmory University51:472018June 2020
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PodcastInterviewFactually: Do Violent Protests Work? with Daniel GillionAdam Conover (White)Earwolf1:11:452020June 2020
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BookNon-fictionWaking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of RaceDebby Irving (White)Elephant Room Press288 pages2014July 2020This book reads to me like it's written for skeptics, for White folks who don't really believe in their role in systemic racism yet, and who would benefit from being guided privately by a (wealthy) White voice. There are journaling prompts at the end of each section.
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BookNon-fictionHow to Be an AntiracistIbram X. Kendi'sPenguin Random House320 pages2019July 2020Heavy focus on defining terms and pointing back to policy, which has been hugely helpful for me in approaching conversations with others and in being critical of my own mindsets and approaches.
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BookWorkbookMe and White SupremacyLayla Saad28 days2019July 2020I could not recommend this book more – it is the work literally anyone with white privilege can and must do.
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VideoLectureYouTubeThe Great Migration and the power of a single decisionIsabel WilkersonTED17:552018October 2020
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TV SeriesDramaHuluQueen SugarAva DuVernayOWN4 seasons2016-present2019-presentQueer representation, long-term effects of slavery, immigration and ICE
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VideoConversationYouTubeHow to be an AntiracistIbram X. KendiThe Aspen Institute54:532019
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VideoConversationYouTube
On the Road With Abolition: Assessing Our Steps Along the Way
Dean Spade, Woods Ervin & Kamau WaltonHaymarket Books2:07:542020
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VideoYouTubeWe Need to Talk: The Race Issue Between Lesbian CreatorsJade Fox20:21
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BookNon-fictionSister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in AmericaMelissa Harris-PerryYale University Press400 pages2013
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BookNon-fictionWhite Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About RacismRobin DiAngelo (White)Beacon Press192 pages2018
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BookNon-fictionSo You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma OluoSeal Press272 pages2018
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MovieDocumentaryNetflix13thAva DuVernayKandoo Films100 minutes2016
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PodcastConversationCode SwitchNPR journalists of colorNPR2016-present
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PodcastAmerican history1619New York Times5 episodes2019An audio series from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
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MovieLegal DramaNetflixJust MercyDestin Daniel Cretton (writer/director)Endeavor Content137 minutes2019
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Short-run SeriesDocumentaryPBSReconstruction: America After the Civil WarHenry Louis Gates Jr.PBS4 hours2019
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MovieHistorical DramaRent or BuyHarrietKasi Lemmons (writer/director)Perfect World Pictures125 minutes2019
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MovieHistorical DramaNetflixSelmaAva DuVernay (director) Plan B Entertainment128 minutes2014
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TV SeriesDramedyNetflixDear White PeopleJustin SimienSisterLee Productions3 seasons2017-presentI've watched Season 1
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MiniseriesCrime Drama, TragedyNetflixWhen They See UsAva DuVernayHarpo Films4 episodes2019Central Park 5
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BookNon-fiction, ChristianStand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of GodRev. Kelly Brown DouglasOrbis Books256 pages2015
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Web SeriesConversationYouTubeUncomfortable Conversations With A Black ManEmmanuel Acho7 episodes, 10-20 min2020
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PodcastConversationPause on the Play: Now What - Your Brand After The Black SquareErica Courdae, India Jackson00:33:592020
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BookHistory, ChristianityThe Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in RacismJemar TisbyHarperCollins Publishing250 pages2019
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BookAnthropologyThe Journey of Man: A Genetic OdysseySpencer Wells (White)Princeton University Press256 pages2002
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BookHistorySapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah HarariHarperCollins Publishing464 pages2015
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BookSpiritualThe Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldDalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton AbramsAvery384 pages2016
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PodcastPsychology, SpiritualityHidden Brain: Creating God (episode)Shankar VendantamNPR00:53:182018
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PodcastHistoryScene on Radio, Season 2: Seeing WhiteJohn Biewen (White), Chenjerai KumanyikaCenter for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University14 episodes2017
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BookChristianityJesus and the DisinheritedHoward ThurmanAbingdon Press, Beacon Press112 pages1949October 2020In a very pragmatic way, addressing the question: "Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion, and national origin?"
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BookFictionThe Vanishing HalfBrit BennettRiverhead Books352 pages2020October 2020I LOVED this book. Set from the 1950s to the 1990s. Amazing characters who I got very attached to (including a trans character). Awesome storytelling. Addresses anti-Black racism and colorism, passing versus lying, and identity on the whole.
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BookNon-fiction, legal materialThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessMichelle AlexanderThe New Press312 pages2010The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.
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VideoDocumentaryStreamingSmoke: Marijuana + Black AmericaNasBET< 2 hours20202020Brilliant. Convinced me I need to cancel my subscription for CBD sleep gummies and support a Black-owned company instead. (Tranparency: my cousin, Jay Batchler, is an assistant editor)
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BookNon-fictionBring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary AmericaKathleen Belew (white)Harvard University Press352 pages2018Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.
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BookNon-fictionFearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat PhobiaSabrina StringsNYU Press291 pages20192020
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BookNon-fictionRaising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New FrontlinesJenna ArnoldBenBella Books269 pages2020
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BookNon-fictionDo Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy
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BookNon-fictionWhite FragilityRobin DiAngelo (White)
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VideoDocumentaryStreamingThe Black ChurchHenry Louis Gates, Jr.PBS< 4 hours20212021
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BookNon-fictionWhy Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
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TV SeriesSketch comedyStreamingThat Damn Michael CheMichael CheHBO Max1 season2021
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BookSelf-helpMy Grandmother's HandsResmaa MenakemCentral Recovery Press, LLC300 pages20172021This book blew my mind and changed my life. In addition to learning loads about racialized, generational, and historical trauma, I now understand better and have more tools to settle my body and understand how important that is, and how to see things as trauma responses that I never have before, and how to get through situations that feel difficult or threatening.