Research Guides: Anti-racism resources

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We intend this guide for our entire community as we-- individually and collectively-- learn, reflect, and engage in conversations about race, and take anti-racist action.

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This resource guide was constructed by librarians Maric Kramer & Rosalind Bucy, and faculty members Jenne Powers & Gillian Devereux in November & December 2015. It will evolve over time, and Wheelock community, we need your help!
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Selected Websites

Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. Unrestricted Resource
This organization's stated mission is "to build an equitable society in the United States by decentering white culture and centering an anti-racist multiracial culture free of white supremacy." Website includes a database of books on white privilege and white American culture.

National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) Unrestricted Resource
NCRA is based at Wheelock College, and its mission is the promotion of race amity. It has several initiatives, including "Campus Conversations on Race," a program that trains college students to co-facilitate discussions on race and ethnicity on their campuses.

The White Privilege Conference Unrestricted Resource
This annual conference seeks "to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformation." Each conference brings together activists, social workers, high school and college students and faculty, among others. The conference also publishes an open, online journal titled Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

Author Matthew Salesses speaks at Wheelock

Author Matthew Salesses spoke at Wheelock Convocation 2015 and engaged issues of race and racism, belonging and identity in America. And he had a special charge that he asked of Wheelock students.

Online Video

Video streaming online from the Wheelock College Library: Find more videos on race and culture from Kanopy streaming service.

Articles and Blog Posts

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations."  Coates argues in The Atlantic that it's time for the United States to make reparations for slavery.
Kali Holloway, "11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies."  Blog post on AlterNet presents 11 quick perspectives on what white people can do to fight racism.
Paul Kivel, "Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies." Excerpt from Kivel's book Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Social Justice.
Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack."
This now-classic text explores one white woman's coming to terms with her own racial identity.
John Raible, "Checklist for Allies Against Racism."
This checklist was developed as a way for individuals to consider whether their behaviors foster relationships of "solidarity, mutuality, and trust," which are essential to active allyship.
Madhuri Sathish, "How to Actually Be An Ally to Student of Color on College Campuses (And Beyond.)"
A recent blog post from Bustle that offers nine ways to be an ally right now.
White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy.
Q&A with four community activists from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Exploring White Privilege and 'White Talk'
From the CBC radio program "Out in the Open" with Piya Chattopadhyay. Includes interviews with Peggy McIntosh and Alison Bailey.

Selected Books

Find these books at the Wheelock College Library, or one of our partner libraries.  Just click "Make a request" to get books from other libraries delivered.

What's Wrong with White Talk? Video presentation and Q&A with philosopher Alison Bailey, who provides concrete guidance on understanding and breaking the patterns of White Talk. Part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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