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Anti-Racist Resources

Information for anti-racist learning and practice.

Scope of This Guide

This guide is intended to provide general information for anti-racist learning and practice. It includes information and resources specific to current dialogues . The resources listed here are by no means exhaustive; they are tools for you to make use of in the process of your own anti-racist education.

The contents of this guide are informed by, among many others, the work of Cristy Moran, Erin Elzi, Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Chair, University of South Carolina; Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware; Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Dean, Ida Jane Dacus Library, Winthrop University; Tarida Anantachai, Lead Librarian, Syracuse University; and the African American Intellectual History Society’s #Charlestonsyllabus.

Note: This guide is intended for self-directed learning. 

Starter Kit

Think of this handful of resources--a couple of videos, an article, and a not-so-long reading--as your starter kit. The website Racial Equity Tools includes a framework comparison document that can be helpful for explaining distinctions and parallels between frameworks.

Initially a response to George Zimmerman's acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin in 2013, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has become a rallying cry for a new generation of Black activism. The BLM movement focuses on intersectionality in the Black experience and, from the Black Lives matter website, "It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement."

From the same website: 

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.

It is self-described as a movement of "Black self-determination" and is, most notably, focused on the discriminatory regulatory, judicial, punitive, legislative, and judicial practices that disenfranchise the Black community. 

Perspectives for a Diverse America  An online tool for helping educators to build lesson plans around diversity themes and literature.
National Archives' Special Topics & Tools Educator Resources  Includes ideas for teaching Black American history and race issues in present day.
Zinn Education Foundation  Full comprehensive resource for finding pedagogy, praxis, and history for educators as well as a suite of freely available lessons by theme.

Teaching in an Uprising  From Dr. Trish Kahle on the African American Intellectual History Society website, itself an excellent resource for readings and current events through the black lens.

Teaching Tolerance  A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance includes lesson plans and discussion guides.

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