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BOOKSAUTHOR(S)RECOMMENDATION (add a short review + your name)
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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessAustin Channing BrownMemoir, great book. -Sara
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Just MercyBryan StevensonCompelling narrative using different cases Stevenson was involved in and exposing the rife injustice in our "justice" system -Sara
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The New Jim CrowMichelle AlexanderDescribes how the present criminal justice system is just a continuation of the Jim Crow laws which were put in place after Reconstruction was ended to ensure that Black people were "kept in their place." Kathryn LIss
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White FragilityRobin DiAngelo
if you prefer to listen to her, this is a good summary in the context of church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGM6SVwcvm0 Kathryn
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Stamped from the BeginningIbram X. KendiVery interesting thesis that it isn't racism that creates prejudice, but that racism was intentionally created to maintain power by the wealthy -- very academic with lots of details; the introduction is well worth reading. Kathryn Liss
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How to be an AntiracistIbram X. KendiNOT OUT UNTIL AUG 2019
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The Cross and the Lynching TreeJames H. ConeTheologically complex, rich history, Christocentric. -Sara
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirPatrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha BandeleMemoir, great book. Quick read. -Sara
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Killing the Black BodyDorothy Roberts
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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the CafeteriaBeverly Daniel TatumMakes the point about how to make a relationship of integrity with people of color
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Racism Without RacistsEduardo Bonilla-Silva
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***Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi CoatesDifficult and painful book. -Sara
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The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin
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My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our BodiesResmaa Menakem
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I Am Troy DavisJen Marlowe
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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race & Racism to People Who Don't Want to KnowTema Okun
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White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided AmericaMargaret A. Hagerman
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AmericanahChimimanda AdichieAmerican racism seen from an African's experience - Kathryn
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Post Traumatic Slave SyndromeDr. Joy DegruyA brilliant analysis of how the history of slavery has created trauma which has turned on epigenetic behaviors that can be understood when you think what was life affirming under slavery. Kathryn
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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her SuperpowerBrittany Cooper
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Thick: And Other EssaysTressie McMillan Cottom
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About RaceReni Eddo-Ledge
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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the USRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance TodayJacqueline BattaloraIf you are looking to explain how legal history created whiteness, this is your book. Battalora is both a lawyer and an historian and she paints an important picture of how things got the way they are. A quick look at this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM6ehzu3p4c will give you the essence of the book. Kathryn
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***So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma OluoEssential first book!
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An African American and Latinx History of the United StatesPaul Ortiz
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The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model MInorityEllen D. Wu
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Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of RaceDebby IrvingA powerful and vulnerable look at someone coming to recognize how whiteness operates. Kathryn
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This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on TerrorMoustafa Bayoumi
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The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive EconomyAndrea Flynn, Susuan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren, Felicia J. Wong
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Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce RacismSafiya Umoja Noble
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Native VoicesEditors: Grounds/Tinker/Wilkins
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The Positive Investment in Whiteness: How white people benefit from identity politicsGeorge Lipsitz
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***Understanding Racism...Joseph BarndtIncludes exercise and practical strategies to live into a new identity
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Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward WholenessJoseph Barndt
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White Like MeTim WiseTim Wise is a very insightful anti-racist and this was one of the first books that recognized the importance of looking at whiteness instead of blackness. Kathryn
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Unraveling the white cocoonJeff HitchcockWritten in 2001 by the founder of the Center for the Study of White American Culture
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White RageCarol AndersonShe chronicals the negative ways that white people have reacted to advances made by blacks in this country. Kathryn
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In Between: Memoir of an Integration BabyMark Morrison-ReedA black Unitarian minister, Mark tells his story of growing up during the time of the Civil Rights Act. Kathryn
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It's the Little ThingsLena Williams"What blacks and whites say about each other, bu not to each other." Everyday interactions that anger, annoy and divide the races. Kathryn
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Uprooting RacismPaul Kivel
Provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, directly engaging the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action. Kathryn
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PODCASTSPRODUCER(S)RECOMMENDATION (add a short review + your name)
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Good Ancestor PodcastLayla F. SaadIncredibly powerful conversations between black women about what it means to be a good ancestor and about how to center people of color (rather than whiteness) in our work. - Melissa Garrett
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***Seeing WhiteJohn Biewen & Chenjerai Kumanyika
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The Problem We All Live WithThis American Life
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How the Systemic Segregation of Schools in Maintained by Individual ChoicesFresh AirIf you're interested in how our individual choices about what's "best" for our kids is impacting the entire system of educational inequality (very relevant to Asheville given reports on the massive achievement and discipline disparity gaps between white & black students), this is a really powerful listen. - Melissa Garrett
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Three Miles This American LifeDevasting discussion of school inequity
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Miss Buchanan's Period of AdjustmentRevisionist HistoryImpact of Brown vs. Board; unintended consequences of integration of schools; progress on the backs of the marginalized.
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ARTICLES/BLOG POSTSAUTHOR(S)RECOMMENDATION (add a short review + your name)
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***White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible KnapsackPeggy McIntoshClassic article examining what makes up white privilege. -Melissa Garrett
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Me & White SupremacyLayla F. Saad
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***The Case for ReparationsTa-Nehisi Coates
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“Qallunology 101: A Lesson Plan for the Non-Indigenous”
Derek RasmussenAn exploration of whiteness and colonization that explores how uprootedness and savior mentality undergirds colonization--Heather Laine Talley
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***White Supremacy CultureA primer on the ways of thinking and behaviors that reflect unhealthy ways of doing power and navigating difference in cultures characterized by white supremacy. This piece asks us to reflect deeply about how internalized supreriority shows up. --Heather Laine Talley
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Qallunology 201Derek Rasmussen
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MOVIESPRODUCERSRECOMMENDATION (add a short review + your name)
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***13thAva DuVernayAn amazing film tracing ongoing legacy of slavery and its impacts on the criminal justice system-- Heather Laine Talley
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I Am Not Your NegroJames Baldwin
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Race: The Power of An IllusionPBS Documentary A three part series that shows how race is a social construct. The first part looks at DNA and shows how our DNA doesn't vary based on "race." The third part is my favorite, showing how race has been differently determined at different times in U.S. history and giving a vivid representation of how difficult it has been for black people to accumulate wealth through home ownership, largely as a result of the GI bill after WW2. Kathryn
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United Skates - HBO DocumentaryGreat documentary on how roller skating rinks became a cultural mecca for POC and different parts of country developed differnt styles of skating. Skating rinks started disappearing with zoning issues and rules enacted that targeted POC types of skates, dress etc. that kept certain groups out.
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***Do the Right ThingSpike Lee
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SHORT VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINEPRODUCERSRECOMMENDATION (add a short review + your name)
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***The Unequal Opportunity RaceThe African-American Policy ForumShort (4 minutes), powerful illustration using the model of a track event of how structural racism continues to have a powerful impact on our country. -Melissa
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***NY Times Video Series on Implicit BiasNY TimesSet of 6 short videos that illustrate various aspects of implicit bias. These are quick and powerful for both adults and kids.
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Unpack That: What Are Reparations?The RootShort intro to the concept of reparations, the history of discourse and policy around reparations and what reparations could look like in the here and now.
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Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture - Part 1CNNSeries of segments produced by CNN (Anderson Cooper) about racial bias in children.
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Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture - Part 2CNNSeries of segments produced by CNN (Anderson Cooper) about racial bias in children.
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Subconscious Racial Bias in ChildrenCNNSeries of segments produced by CNN (Anderson Cooper) about racial bias in children.
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Marley Dias and structural racismNational Education AssociationThis video was created to introduce kids to the idea of structural racism - it's just a beginning, but appropriate for 2nd grade and up. - Melissa
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Understanding Unconscious BiasThe Royal SocietyIntro from the UK about how understanding our brain can help see how/why unconscious bias exists in all of us.
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Reperations: From Conversation to ActionFellowship of Reconciliation and the Truth Telling Project
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LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING
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Hood Huggers Tourhttps://www.hoodhuggers.com/Hood Hugger International, LLC builds greater communication, connection and wealth in systemically marginalized neighborhoods in the Affrilachian region through the arts, environment, and social enterprise.
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Racial Equity InstituteThe first part is a two day intensive of information about race relations. The group is always about 40 people with two or three trainers of different backgrounds. There is a volunteer committee locally which recruits participants and contracts with the trainers who come from Greensboro (or other parts of the state). Kathryn
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Building BridgesThis program is the original space for looking at race relations in Asheville. Having grown over the 25 years of existance with regular updates, it has current information and a space to process that information. Each of the 9 nights of a session provides as opportunity to learn more about the specifics of race relations in Asheville (historic and contemporary) as well as a small group environment in which to discuss what you have learned. Kathryn
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Coming To the Tablehttp://comingtothetable.org/groups/local-affiliates/asheville-nc/Vision: Our vision for the United States is of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned. Mission: Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.
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