This summer’s George Floyd protests put a spotlight on lingering racism in the United States and the communal resources needed to grapple with these sobering societal challenges. Searches for anti-racism books and online resources spiked a hundredfold between late May and early June, according to Google Trends.
If you’re looking for ways to broaden your horizons on race, racism and racial injustice, CU Boulder’s University Libraries has developed a free Anti-Racism Resource Guide to help out.
The following list is a small fraction of their complete guide, which can be found on the Libraries website.
Read: The Inner Work of Racial Justice, Rhonda Magee
Magee offers a roadmap for examining one’s own biases. Complete with mindfulness techniques, research and Magee’s own insights, this book helps readers understand their own personal reactions to racial injustice.
Read: Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Davis
This collection of essays, interviews and speeches from civil rights activist and scholar Angela Davis examines the history of racial oppression from a global perspective. Davis discusses past liberation movements, Black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism to analyze today’s struggles against state violence.
Watch: Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice, Megan Ming Francis
In this TED Talk, Francis challenges readers to confront the ways that their individual actions—and more importantly, their silence—contributes to racial injustice in our society. She explores common myths about racial violence in the United States and reveals how each of us play a part in keeping those myths alive. If you’re interested in digging deeper, check out her book: Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State.
Act: Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History & Culture
The National Museum of African American History & Culture offers its own list of resources for how to talk about race and racism, including a handout from the Racial Healing Handbook-Being Antiracist, which provides practical strategies for challenging your own perspective and how to confront racism when you encounter it.
Teach: Opposing Viewpoints: Racism, Gale in Context
This curated collection provides readers with scholarly sources, news stories, academic journals, essays, magazines and other media content that explores racism around the globe. CU students can access the collection by entering their IdentiKey or connecting to campus Wi-Fi.
Because discussions surrounding racism are ongoing, the Libraries team will continue to add resources to the Anti-racism Resource Guide and is encouraging the campus community to submit recommendations and feedback.