"Where can I start?" Resources for Your Anti-Racist Journey
At this moment in history, many are seeking information and deeper understanding. Compiled by the College of Social Work’s Diversity and Social Justice Committee, the following list includes resources and organizations committee members know, recommend, or have on their own “to read/watch/listen” lists. This list is merely a starting point, one which we hope you surpass.
Books (organized alphabetically by [first] author)
Most of these books can be purchased through your favorite local bookseller, or online from independent shops through www.bookshop.org (included links).
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
- The Color of Money: Black Banks & the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions & Diversity in Schools by Angelina E. Castagno (about a research study conducted in Salt Lake City)
- Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
- Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
- Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
- How Not To Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People by D. L. Hughley & Doug Moe
- Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
- White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
- Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
- This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell
- Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew R. Kay
- How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
- Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audrey Lorde
- We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
- Black Appetite. White Food.: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom by Jamila Lyiscott
- Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities by Zach Norris
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
- Talking About Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems edited by Ellen L. Short & Leo Wilton
- The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese A. Singh
- How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resist by Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Underminded Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
- Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
- Rabbit: A Memoir by Patricia Williams & Jeannine Amber
- White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
- Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male by Tim Wise
- Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect edited by George Yancy
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Anti-Racism Starts with Me!: Kids Coloring Book by Kadeesha Bryant
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard
- Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
- Skin Again by bell hooks
- AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
- Who Belongs Here?: An American Story by Margy Burns Knight
- Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
- Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
- A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
- Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
- Racism and Intolerance by Louise A. Spilsbury
- The Skin I’m in: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
- Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
- Intersectionality Matters!, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Kimberle Crenshaw
- A podcast that brings intersectionality to life.
- 1619, The New York Times
- An audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
- Code Switch, NPR
- Hosted by journalists of color, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. It explores how race impacts every part of society.
- In the Thick, The Futuro Media Group
- A political podcast where journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. This podcast features the conversations about race, identity, and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.
- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge, Arts Council England
- From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further.
- Detroit (Hulu) directed by Kathryn Bigelow
- A drama based on the rioting and civil unrest that took place in Detroit in the summer of 1967 that ended with the deaths of three unarmed men. This film was released in 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original events.
- The 13th (Netflix) directed by Ava DuVernay
- A film that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States with particular emphasis on the nation’s prisons, which are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
- Selma (free rental on all US digital platforms in June '20) directed by Ava DuVernay
- A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
- When They See Us (Netflix) directed by Ava DuVernay
- The story of the Central Park Five—five black men charged with the assault and rape of a jogger in 1989, who maintained their innocence throughout their trial. After years fighting the conviction, they were exonerated, and years after that reached a settlement with the city. A miniseries dramatization of true events.
- LA 92 (Netflix) directed by Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin
- This documentary film is about the 1992 Los Angeles Riots in the tumultuous period following the Rodney King verdict.
- The Black Panthers (Amazon) directed by Stanley Nelson
- An examination of the rise of the Black Panther party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.
- New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community
Policing by the Policing Campaign at the Leadership Conference Education Fund.
- This toolkit was developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and based on the work of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
- The Social Justice Origins of Hip-hop by Joaquin Galvan, The West View
- This article in a (SLC) west side community newspaper looks at how the origins of hip-hop are connected to social justice.
- What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialists Can Do to Strengthen the Impact
of Utah Women of Color by the Utah Women & Leadership Project
- A primer to answer the question: “What can I personally and/or professionally do to strengthen the impact of Utah women of color?”
- How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change by Barack Obama, Medium
- An article by former president Barack Obama on both lessons learned and direction action folx can take to address racial disparity in America.
- NASW has a partnership with VotER, a nonpartisan group that provides a simple way for people to register to vote. Through their organization, you can get a free healthy democracy kit that allows for social workers in all settings, including online, to make registration easier.
- National Organizations on the Front Lines of Social Justice:
- Black Lives Matter Utah chapter
- The local chapter of the national organization seeking to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
- NAACP Utah Branch
- This is a civil rights organization focusing on discrimination.
- Salt Lake City Office of Diversity and Human Rights
- The purpose of this office is to elevate the protection of basic human rights for all Salt Lake City residents through policy, education, advocacy, and celebration. They intend to support diversity and human rights efforts, legally and through education outreach, to ensure and expand the diversity of our city.
- Council on Diversity Affairs (Salt Lake County)
- This is an advisory board to the Salt Lake County mayor.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
- Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability, and works to connect people across the country whilesupporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
University of Utah Organizations/Groups
- Black Cultural Center
- Using a pan-African lens, the Black Cultural Center seeks to counteract persistent campus-wide and global anti-blackness. The Black Cultural Center works to holistically enrich, educate, and advocate for students, faculty, and staff through Black centered programming, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies.
- Privilege, Whiteness, and Critical Praxis Study Group
- In collaboration with the dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Services, Jude McNeil, Stephanie Michelle Shiver, and David Derezotes have been leading voluntary study groups for University faculty and staff on Privilege, Whiteness, and Critical Praxis, for several years. Classes are offered to folx who identify as White and include monthly in-class meetings, readings, and online resources. Materials and meetings are provided free of cost to participants. For more information, email David Derezotes .
- Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity
- The Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity provides leadership and expertise to the University community in promoting diversity in their various roles and activities and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the University.
- Call your local police station. Find out what training officers receive (e.g., racial
bias, de-escalation, etc.), what equipment they have and equipment polices (including
camera operation). Ask how citizens can get involved in seeking change. We recommend
learning more about the #8CantWait:
- Ban chokeholds & strangleholds
- Require de-escalation
- Require warning before shooting
- Require exhausting all alternatives before shooting
- Duty to intervene
- Ban shooting and moving vehicles
- Require use of force continuum
- Require comprehensive reporting
- Sign a petition
- Justice for George Floyd: Although the involved officers have been fired and charges have been filed, the petition's organizers are still seeking signatures to show that justice is about systemic change—about people feeling safe in their daily lives.
- Justice for Breonna Taylor: Calls on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine to fire and charge the police officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor.
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery: Calls for Travis and Greg McMichael to be charged related to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
- #WeCantBreathe: This petition demands justice for George Floyd and his family.
- Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund in the Black Cultural Center at the University of Utah. This fund support students and programs committed to advancing the interest of the next generation of aspiring Black leaders such as the Black Student Union, Black Graduate Student Association, African Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers and other.