36 Resources to Help With Complex Questions About Race and Racism In America

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By: Benny Vasquez, KIPP Chief Equity Officer

Many people have been asking about resources on various topics regarding the events of the past week. Everything from “How do I respond as a White person?” to “As a member of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community, what does healing look like?” to “How can I talk to the children in my life about race, racism and White supremacy?” are examples of questions that have been passing thru my inbox (btw, keep em’ coming!) and social media.

All these questions are so valid, so complex and all don’t necessarily have one answer. This blog post, which went out via email to KIPP Foundation colleagues, is intended to provide (some) resources that can provide (some) answers to commonly asked questions. The list consists of new and “oldie but goodie” pieces. Please read what you wish and feel free to share widely.

In solidarity and justice,

Benny

BIPOC Resources (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week

Racial Healing and Racial Equity

Racial Reconciliation and Racial Healing Toolbox of Resources

LGBTQ+ People of Color  Healing from Hatred

Black Lives Mater meditations

The Battle To Belong – Stories of Asian Identity and Covid-19 Anti-Asian Racism

20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now

Audre Lorde: The Uses of Anger: Women responding to Racism

Tips for Self Care

Model Minority Myth used as a racial wedge between Asians and Blacks

Music Mix: Songs in response to what’s happening

 

Responding to Children:

Talking with children about racism, police brutality, and protests

Something Happened in our Town

Talk with our sons about being Black in America

Parent Tool Kit

Spoken Word – how to talk to kids about police violence

Talking to kids about race and police violence

How to talk to your kids about race, racism and police violence

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?

How to talk to your children about protests and racism

‘Raising White Kids’ Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race

The Children’s Community School Social Justice Resources

 

Resources on White Accountability

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

11 Things White People can do to be anti-racist

Talking to our People – white people talking to white people

To steps to Non-Allyship Optics (Instagram post)

How to be a “good white ally,” according to activists*

White Women’s tears and the men who love them

Racecraft: Barbara Fields & Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation

100 ways white people can make life less frustrating for People of Color

Guide to Allyship *

*please note: ally is a verb and not a noun; the word ally has also been problematic due to it being used as an identity but not as a call to action. Regardless of the title, these resources have some good take-aways

Podcast recommendations

White Lies  by NPR

The 1619 Project  by the New York Times

Uncivil by Gimlet Media

The Witness Podcast Network  Pass the Mic

Side Effects of White Woman by Amanda Seales

 

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