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Resources for Recognizing and Challenging Racism: Anti-Racism and Allyship

Welcome

 

I have come to maturity, as we all must knowing that greed and malice, indifference to human misery and perhaps above all else, ignorance the prime ancient and persistent enemy of man abound in this world. I say all of this to say that one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know and react to the miseries which afflict this world. I think the human race does command its own destiny and that that destiny can eventually embrace the stars  

Lorraine Hansberry, To Be Young Gifted and Black

Antiracism in Action Resources

Click through this box for a variety of educational resources on antiracism and action items. The materials provided will help to educate, promote, and deepen anti-racism work. 

An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi

Click on the above photo to view Ibram X. Kendi antiracist reading list.  **Access requires logging in with an NYTimes.com account. Register using your Pepperdine email address here. For more information, visit our InfoGuide. ** 

"The reading list above is composed of a combination of classics, relatively obscure works and a few of recent vintage. Think of it as a stepladder to antiracism, each step addressing a different stage of the journey toward destroying racism’s insidious hold on all of us." 

Antiracism Resources List

Click on the above photo to access a Google Doc of antiracism resources. Here is a brief description of the document by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, the compilers of this list. "This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our antiracism work. If you haven't engaged in antiracism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues."

Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life by Zyahna Bryant

In this op-ed, Zyahna Bryant a Charlottesville-based activist, organizer, and social impact strategist offers insight into how people can take anti-racist action.

 

Please click on the above photo for the Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resource which includes activities, books, videos, and podcasts. 

JJ Abram's production company created a guide to dismantling white supremacy at work. The well structured twenty-page guide is linked above. 

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.

Please check out the Pepperdine Libraries Digital Book Display: Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, and Anti-Racism EBooks. 

Yale talked to Yale SOM leadership expert Heidi Brooks about how leaders should respond to structural inequality and racism. She says that many companies have a bias toward taking quick action that is ill-suited to a complex and ambiguous issue. Instead, organizations should reflect on their own culture and power dynamics and create a long-term plan for impact.

 

How to Be an Antiracist

This title is available as an e-book through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to access the e-book. Click to the next slide for a brief summary. 

Continued: How to Be an Antiracist

"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it -- and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America -- but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an AntiracistKendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society."

White fragility: why it's so hard for White people to talk about racism

This title is available as an e-book through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to access the e-book. Click to the next slide for a brief summary. 

Continued: White fragility: why it's so hard for White people to talk about racism

"Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

This title is available as an e-book through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to access the e-book.

"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning."

White Rage

This title is available through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to view its availability. Click to the next slide for a brief summary of the book. 

Continued: White Rage

"Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America."

American Lynching

This title is available as an e-book through Pepperdine Libraries. Please click on the above photo to access the book. Click to the next slide for a brief summary of the book. 

Continued: American Lynching

"In this meticulously researched and accessibly written interpretive history, Rushdy shows how lynching in America has endured, evolved, and changed in meaning over the course of three centuries, from its origins in early Virginia to the present day."

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

This title is available as an e-book through Pepperdine Libraries. Please click on the above photo to access the book. Click to the next slide for a brief summary of the book. 

Continued: Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

"Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources. Awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that readers are ready to do this work--let's give it to them."

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

This title is available through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to view its availability. Click to the next slide for a brief summary of the book. 

Continued: Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

"The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color-blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump's presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism--both personally and on a larger structural level"

Citizen: An American Lyric

This title is available through Pepperdine libraries. Please click on the above photo to view its availability. Click to the next slide for a brief summary of the book. 

Continued: Citizen: An American Lyric

"You take in things you don't want all the time. The second you hear or see some ordinary movement, all its intended targets, all the meanings behind the retreating sounds, as far as you are able to see, come into focus. Hold up, did you just hear, did you just say, did you just see, did you just do that? Then the voice in your head silently tells you to take your foot off your throat because just getting along shouldn't be an ambition."

An Essential Reading Guide For Fighting Racism

Please click on the above photo for an extensive reading list on understanding and fighting racism from Buzzfeed. Many of the books on this list focus on the voices of people of color their perspective and experiences.

Please click on the next slide for links to each resource. 

1. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism - Available as an e-book through Pepperdine Libraries. Please click on the book title to access the book. 

2. Disunity in Christ: uncovering the hidden forces that keep us apart - Available as an e-book through Pepperdine Libraries. Please click on the book title to access the book. 

3. The cross and the lynching tree - Available as a print book through Pepperdine Libraries. Please click on the book title to book availability. 

Please click on the next slide for links to each resource. 

4. Trouble I've seen: changing the way the church views racism -  This book is available through Pepperdine Libraries as an e-book. Click on the book title to access the e-book. 

5. I bring the voices of my people : a womanist vision for racial reconciliation -  This book is available through Pepperdine Libraries as an e-book. Click on the book title to access the e-book. 

6. Dear White Christians: for those still longing for racial reconciliation - This book is available through Pepperdine Libraries as an e-book. Click on the book title to access the e-book. 

7. Divided by faith: evangelical religion and the problem of race in America - This print book is available through Pepperdine University libraries. Please click on the book title to see availability. 

Here is a link to the Jewish Racial Justice website, which has complied with resources on Racial Justice.  

Please click on each title to access resources. 

Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Race & Racism by Muslims for Progressive Values 

Anti-Racism Guide for White Muslims

 

Please click on each title to access resources.  

Radical Dharma    
Angel Kyodo Williams
Lama Rod Owens  
Ruth King