Taking Action Against Racism
Resources for Allies and Educators
Click on the different sections below to access different resources.
Get Informed: Recommended Materials for Allies
* List Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
Articles to read:
Videos to watch:
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
Podcasts to subscribe to:
Books to read:
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Films and TV series to watch:
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Organizations to follow on social media:
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
More anti-racism resources to check out:
Infórmese: Materiales en español
In the Classroom: Resources for Educators and School Leaders
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Race (bank of resources for students and families)
- Talking to Kids about Protests: 5 Things I want my kids to know now (great article to discuss the power of protesting)
- Teaching Tolerance Resources (from Teaching as Activism, Teaching as Care) (clear tips to do with students)
- Teaching Tolerance: Don’t Say Nothing (helpful article for teachers to read)
- Resources for talking about race, racism, and racialized violence with kids (hub of resources) – including Talking to children after racial incidents
- Op-ED: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge
- Trevor Noah: George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper (helpful summary of current events – staff suggested watch)
Some general talking tips to help ground the conversation and how to support staff in talking about it. Adapted from SPARK
- Name the reality of the world right now
- Acknowledging people are grieving and dealing with forms of oppression, although violence is not the best way to share grief.
- We all have the right to express ourselves through the form of protest, but a peaceful protest is the best way to communicate our personal beliefs in order to bring about change.
- Students may be experiencing trauma / sadness – providing students with a safe space to share how they are feeling, acknowledging their feelings, process their feelings in a judgement free zone
- Give students an outlet to feel like they can process or “do” something. See ideas below.
Tips for talking about Racism and Protesting
Our team here at Rocketship is invested in helping all of our students, staff, and parents cope with the trauma they may be experiencing with the racial violence and protests responding to racism in society. This is intended to provide guidelines and information about how to speak with your students about their understanding of the world, racism, and protests. The following lists some tips for how to respond and support, and what you may expect.
Guidelines for listening and talking:
- Be truthful. Name the realities of what is happening in the world around them. Use simple and age appropriate language for your child.
- Be patient. Listen to your child. Answer their questions. It is OK to say you don’t know.
- Be aware that your child may repeat questions. This is normal.
- Allow for a variety of reactions. Normalize that all people grieve / process differently.
- Reassure them that there are adults at school who care about them and who can help them if they feel sad.
- Let children know who they can go to at school if they feel sad / angry / confused, and who they can talk to at home. This may be calling a teacher during this time of distance learning.
- It’s OK to let children see you cry / feel sad. It gives them permission to do so as well.
Teacher Activities to help students process and dive into activism and caring from Teaching Tolerance Resources (from Teaching as Activism, Teaching as Care
- Provide journal responses, or space for free writes, for students to reflect or share their feelings on what is happening. Allow students space and time to process difficult feelings and emotions that are coming up for them now.
- Check in with families and students whose lives may be even more difficult right now, asking them what they need.
- Create and send care packages to family and students.
- Choose texts that can open up a conversation around what is happening right now.
- Provide space and time for mindful moments for students (as many students may be completely worried right now).
- Create project-based assignments and lessons that allow students to use their social media platform to bring light to injustice, disparity, and to communities and their leaders.
- Develop writing assignments wherein students write to public officials to raise awareness about their communities.
- Teach about elections and the importance of elections, given the disparities that are deeply exposed now.
- Have students write letters soliciting donations for families or other children who may be in need.
- Allow students to guide what their learning might look like now. Carve out time to listen in to students’ thoughts, feelings, fears and frustrations, as well as their sources of joy.
Take Action: Steps to Encourage Reform
- National Resource List with links to community bail funds, memorial funds, political education resources, organizations to put on your radar as well as general advice/tips for people attending protests or using social media as an organizing tool by @botanicaldyke