Anti-Oppression Resources (compiled by RESULTS Volunteer Leaders and Staff)
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TitleAuthorURLType of MediaDescriptionPoint Person/SuggestorHow much time needed?Notes
The Case for ReparationsTa-Nehisi Coates article outline systemic and systematic injustice against African Americans U.S. policy development and implementation, including redlining, Jim Crow, separate but equal, etc.; connects these policies to today's outcomes; and makes the case for reparations.Sara1 hour?Jos: Great article on history of racial oppression and its impact on African-Americans, especially financially.
A Tax on BlacknessJamelle Bouie article clearly explains redlining and racism in real estate, demonstrating how racist housing policies (including loans) created our divided neighborhoods and disenfranchised people of color. SaraAlicia: concrete examples of systmatic racism, brings up issues that we dont necessarily touch on in RESULTS (real estate & racism within this market) even though we talk about homelessness a lot in relation to food/wealth insecurity.
Why Freddie Gray RanEditorial Board is a short op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun shortly after Freddie Gray was killed and there were many uprisings across Baltimore City. I have used it with upper-level college students to unpack how community theories help explain behavior. Sara
Rethinking Historical Trauma
Laurence Kirmayer, Joseph Gone, Joshua Moses is an academic article published in Transcultural Psychiatry, so the language might not feel comfortable to all, but I think it does an excellent job examining how we conceptualize atrocities and how our dialogue influences the actions we take. These researchers are fantastic people in my field - I highly recommend the somewhat challenging read.Sara
I’m Not Your Racial Confessor
Jamelle Bouie, Gene Demby, Aisha Harris, and Tressie McMillan Cottom interviews unpack how white people often expect people of color to hold their emotions and anxieties for them, how publicly asking how someone for their thoughts can lay an immense burden on that person.Sara
Caitlyn Jenner, Social Media and Violent ‘Solidarity’: Why Calling Out Abusive Material by Sharing It Is HarmfulPrincess Harmony Rodriguez article (and follow-up pieces to it) explore how people engage in 'solidarity' and 'allyship' on social media, considering the self-serving nature of allyship and the issue of sharing disturbing material to 'call it out' can be harmful and oppressive in of itself. Sara
12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black PeopleJanee Woods article was written shortly after Michael Brown was killed and offers concrete recommendations about how white people can engage in anti-oppression work. Sara
White Racial Identity DevelopmentHelms might be useful for all of us to consider our racial identity development, particularly given that it is primarily White people on our anti-oppression working group. There are lots of models of racial identity development, and most theorists I'm aware of argue that white racial identity development is separate from any other kind of racial identity development due to systemic power. I personally find Helms's model useful. Sara
Organizing for Power, Organizing for ChangeMultiple website has a number of resources I have found useful in the past, particularly under the 'liberation' tab: Sara
Power, Privilege, and Everyday LifeMultiple website compiles and publishes microaggressions submitted by users. Sara
Unpacking the Invisible KnapsackPeggy McIntosh is a classic article that explores white privilege by outlining daily privileges experienced by white people. It's a fairly gentle article that can be useful for people exploring their white privilege for the first time. SaraGood 101 -- used for 1st RESULTS staff ongoing learning discussion in late 2017.
The CornerDavid Simon, Edward BurnsAvailable at most bookstores or your local library! - Also turned into a mini-series worth watching. BookThis is a book about West Baltimore, which examines the open-air drug trade in our city through multiple perspectives. If you haven't read it, it's a great way to be introduced to the social conditions that impact human lives and how people innovatively cope with life conditions. Sara
Hate RisingJorge Ramos is one of the most difficult documentaries I have ever watched in my life. It is about white supremacist groups - from the KKK to the so-called alt-right. You should make the best decision for you and watch it when you are in a safe space - both mentally and physically. Sara
Very Smart BrothasDamon Young, Dustin Seibert, Samantha Black, Jozen Cummings, Panama Jackson, many others is a blog about blackness and is written in an intentially conversational style. If you're opposed to cursing/foul language, this isn't the blog for you. I recommend starting here: if you're new to the site. Sara
Just MercyBryan Stevenson focused on juvenile justice issues but extremely enlightening in regard to criminal justice system biases, injustices, need for addressing structures and institutions of racism at root.KristyJos: Excellent read. Focuses on dealth penalty cases in the South and systemic racism that drives them. Uses more of a story format than stats (but has them too).
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, and HistoryNew York Public Library recording from the NYPL presented Coates in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Really further illuminates Coates' work and can be listened to with or without reading his body of work before hand.Kristy
Racecraft: Barbara Fields & Ta-Nehisi Coates in ConversationBarbara Fields, CUNY Fields, professor of history at Columbia University, discusses her new book Racecraft—and the persistent illusions of a post-racial America—with the Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates.Kristy
James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)
James Baldwin, William Buckley debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"Kristy
Out of the House of Bondage, The Transformation of the Plantation HouseholdThavolia Glymph book views the plantation household as a site of production where competing visions of gender were wielded as weapons in class struggles between black and white women.Kristy
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American CapitalismEd Baptist haven't read this yet but many cite as foundational. Kristy
The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin' BTWAM is a pastiche/homage/continuation of this seminal work. Really great introduction to factual concept that race is a construct created by those in power (whites). Kristy
How Race is ConjuredBarbara Fields, Karen Fields
The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black NeighborhoodsProPublica
Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Is a Priority for National Economic Security
Center for Global Policy Solutions utilize this data a lot in our RESULTS work, worth re-reading, sharing. Kristy
Policy Agenda to Close the Racial Wealth Gap
Center for Global Policy Solutions September 2016 by the Experts of Color Network members Meredith
Five Ways to Disrupt Racism
Films for Action/Racial Justice Network (UK) video on what bystanders can doMeredith
Race & Wealth PodcastCFED many topics we discuss in our RESULTS work.Kristy
NPR Code SwitchNPR and identity, remixed.Kristy
Postbourgie; Race is Always the Issue
Gene Dembry, Tressie McMillan Cottom discussion on the narrative of the "good Black man," fallout of the Moynehan Report, race, politics, cities, and society.Kristy
Postbourgie; ‘How The $%*!& Is That Good Enough?’
Gene Dembry, Nikole Hannah-Jones episode focuses on education but explores larger themes on racism, RWG, etc. Kristy
The Urgency of Intersectionality (TED talk)Kimberlé Crenshaw more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both.
18 min
Ready to ditch white feminism? Here are 6 Black feminist concepts you need to knowMelissa Brown
Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice
Moving from Actor → Ally → Accomplice
Jonathan Osler chart with practical suggestions, links to other resourcesMeredithAlicia: I found this tool very helpful. So many suggestions that I believe we could reference to provide examples of tangible action to our volunteers who are looking to be an ally in anti-oppression work.
My Black Family, My White Privilege : A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Racial MinefieldMichael R. Wenger spoke on 12/19 Understanding Racial Bias webinar organized by CAP.Meredith
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander book examines the incarceration system as a form of racial control. By targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindnessAlicia20 hours? Jos: Excellent book; eye-opener on link between racism and mass incarceration
Meredith: amazing read (but long!)
Feminista Jones WomensMarch speechFeminista Jones (text) (video)
VideoRole of black women in women's movementsMeredith5 minAlicia: How can we support intersectional feminism as a predominantly white organization? Inspirational speech, lots of powerful rhetoric around "white feminism" and how black women have been stifled throughout history in social justice movements. Highlights imortance of being inclusive in our organizing.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial DivideCarol Anderson history of racism in AmericaJosJos: Fantastic book. Very short (pp.170 before end notes) so can get through in a day or two. Focuses on white backlash to racial progress from slavery to the present.
What Works: Gender Equality by DesignIris Bohnet far (on page 82), learning about behavioral science and implicit bias -- and can apply at times to other forms of bias, not just gender. Prob too academic for a big book club convo but would recommend based on my reading so far.Meredith
Slavery By Another NamePBS by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.KristyKristy: just saw this - excellent and enlightening background and context, brings in issues of economic inequality and the birth of the prison industrial complex.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -- Lesson Plans
Teaching Tolearnce: Southern Poverty Law Center
13thAva DuVernay: Director film about the history of mass incarceration going back to the inception of the 13th Amendmant. Gripping and educational.Ginnie1 hr 40 minThorough review of U.S. incarceration policies that were made based on racism and cemented by the criminalization of poverty and public health crises which turned America into the country with the largest prison population in the world. Excellent and compelling.
The Future of Race In AmericaMichelle Alexander Talk covering the main points made in "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"Ginnie25 minSuccinct and clear highlights with some personal notes from the author. Very good.
The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of a New Justice MovementThe Rev. Dr. William J. Barber IIBeacon PressBookThe story of how this time during and following the Obama Administration is becoming the Third Reconstruction necessitated by the backlash over the steps toward equality and the fear that a Black President has engendered. Historically relevant, somewhat religious but fascinating and hopeful in how a path is laid for working together based on values with the most vulnerable as the focal point. Much like Results.Ginnie
THe Future Race in America TedExMichelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow audio bookMichelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander
Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality TalkKimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
100 Black Dads In Photos And In Their Own WordsJamie Davis Smith
BLM Platform  Policy DocSuggested in final New Jim Crow book club
RAC Statement condemning BLM Platform Language release
JCRC statement on BLM Platform release
Jewish Groups Decry BlackLives Matter PlatfomJulie Zazmer
It's Time For Intersectionality to Include JewsBenjamin Gladstone
Tossing Jewish Women out of Dyke March is an Intersectional Fail
Amanda Kerr
US Anti-Semitism Incidents Spike 86 percent in 2017 Release
JCC Bombthreats Confirm That Jewish Parents are Right to be Afraid
Elissa Strauss
In Time of Trump,Millenial Jews Awaken to Anti-Semitism
Ben Woffor
5 Myths About Anti-SemitismYair Rosenberg
Does Your Progressivism Include Jews?MIrah Curzer
Skin in the Game: How Anti-semitism animates White Nationalism
Eric Ward
How to Survive the Plague in final New Jim Crow book club - on AIDS activism
The Condemnation of BlacknessKhalil Gibran Muhammad in final New Jim Crow book clubKristy
Toxic Inequality Tom ShapiroBookSuggested in final New Jim Crow book club
Snowfall ShowSuggested in final New Jim Crow book club
Dog Whistle PoliticsIan Haney Lopez by YolandaYolanda
White FragilityRobin DiAngeloDiAngelo, R. (2011). White fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy,3(3), 54-70.Academic Journal ArticleAbstract: White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and in-sulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protec-tion builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress be-comes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behav-iors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This paper explicates the dynamics of White Fragility. Tadeo
Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice SpacesDidi Delgado read on accountability (SURJ)Meredith
This is WHY Anti-Oppression is Good for You FrameworkYK Hong
White People Are the Villains in This Narrative
Talynn Kel specific framework for understanding anti-colonialism
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
5 min
So You Want To Fight White SupremacyIjeoma Oluo to consider white supremacy at a systematic level with a helpful series of questions/actions.
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
11 min
Dear White People feeling called to action after #Charlottesville:Well-Examined Life post
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
4 min
How White Americans’ Hatred of Racism Actually Supports Racism Instead of Solves ItJon Greenberg
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
5 min
The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left BackIjeoma Oluo
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
6 min
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
8 min
White Economic Privilege Is Alive and WellPaul Campos
Stephen Blobaum (posted by Meredith)
5 min
Unemployment in Black and WhiteNYT Editorial Board Vogts5 minutesDiscussed on Sept 2017 AO call
Donald Trump is the First White PresidentTa Nehisi coates foundation of Donald Trump's presidency is the negation of Barack Obama's legacy.
Ginnie Vogts (Meredith 2nds)
30 minutesExerpted from a book about to be released We Were Eight Years In Power
Race in the U.S. - A Free Public Course at The New SchoolThe New School Public CourseThe objective of the course is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of participants on how “race” is constructed in US society, it’s implications for policies, outcomes and discourse and to develop greater critical analysis of race in the US.Kristy16 week course, you can watch online, participate in "homework"
8 Ways People of Color are Tokenized in NonprofitsHelen Kim Ho articleTough and important questions for staff to considerMeredith10 min
Adventures of a Radical HillbillyMyles Horton, Bill Moyers with Myles Horton about the Highlander School. Discusses the civil rights movement and Horton's view of education, learning, advocacy and organizingAlly2 hours

We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change
Myles Horton, Paulo Friere
BookConversation between Myles Horton and Bralizian education and organizer Paulo Freire about social change and their views of empowerment and liberationAllyDepends on reader
Speak up! Responding to everyday bigotrySPLC that describes strategies to respond to everyday bigotry, especially microagressions.AllyDepends on reader
10 ways to fight hateSPLC resource guide that focuses on how to respond to hate in one's community.AllyDepends on reader
The Resegregation of Jefferson CountyNikole Hannah-Jones one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America.KristyLong read but not too longPublished Sept 2017
The End of the Postracial MythNikole Hannah-Jones piece: "But racial anxiety is always close to the surface — and can easily be stoked."MeredithLong read but not too long
Color of Money: Race, Wealth, and Communities on the Front Lines of Economic JusticeNew America Foundation (of live event)Meredith
The Disturbing History of the SuburbsAdam Ruins Everything the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.

Watch an all-new @Adam Ruins Everything on truTV every Tuesday 10/9C! #AdamRuinsEverything"
Meredith (via Asia)
6 min
White Fears Stifle Honest Dialogue On RaceChris Ladd GOP on white racism history, why dont we confront
Meredith (via John Odenwelder)
5 min
Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be SilencedEditors of GQarticleSummary of Kaepernick's activism qnd interviews of supporters and other justice activists.Ginnie 30 minutes
Anti-Racist GlossarySyracuse Peace Council glossary of some termsKristy2 minutes
Tweet thread on allyship with Jewish organizations@clapifyoulikeme threadTweet thread on allyship with Jewish organizations, why there shouldn't be conditions on allyship with Jewish organizations, the importance of not excluding Jews from intersectional organizing, a history of Jewish organizations involvement in anti-oppression movements throughout history
Psychology of OppressionE.J. David and Annie Derthick's a book, long read; though written by academics, it's relatable
Is equity the new coconut water?Vu Le ArticleMeredith5 min
We Can't Train Our Way to Racial Equity – FAKEQUITY
Heidi Schillinger min
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaKendi, Ibram X. *BookI highly recommend this book -- I learned so much about the history of racism in the US and more about some of the key players, and I really liked the construct of focusing on 5 key players, and how some of their thinking evolved over time. This is a long and dense read but well worth it.Meredith10 hours? long
26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & ResistanceEmbrace Race reading listMeredithquick for reading the list, obviously books take longer
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