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Racial Equity Challenge Resources


Click here to download the list of 2016 Racial Equity Challenge daily prompts.
Click here to download this resource list as a pdf.
Click here to download a planning tool to stay on track and a sample from Debby Irving. 

Sources to Read, Watch, and Learn:

Overviews of Race and Racism · Systems and Structural Racism · Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat · Whiteness and White Privilege · Food Systems Specific · For Conversations with Children

Tools to Implement · Organizations To Connect With · Actions and Engagement Ideas

Sources to Read, Watch, and Learn

Overviews of Race and Racism:

Allegories on Race and Racism and  A Gardener's Tale by Dr. Camara Jones (video) 

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (film)

How I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race by Jay Smooth (video)

Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale (journal article)

Race: The Power of an Illusion (PBS series)

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society (book)

The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America (video)


Systems and Structural Racism:

"The Business Case for Racial Equity" quantifies the cost of racism in the US (report)

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates (article with photos and video)

The Making of Ferguson (article)

Systems Primer (report)

Systems Thinking and Race (report)

The Ultimate White Privilege Statistics and Data Post (blog post/article)


Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat:

Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety and Stereotype Threat in Health Care and Education (report)

Book Review: Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks (book review)

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2013 (report)

Survey of Americans on Race, Section 1: Racial Discrimination, Bias, and Privilege (report)

What ‘Zootopia’ has to say about the police, race relations, and diversity (commentary)


Whiteness and White Privilege:

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism (blog post)

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston (resource list)

Dear White America by George Yancy (article)

DeRay Mckesson Helps Stephen Colbert Address His Privilege (video)

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person (blog post)

How White People Got Made (article)

Waking Up White by Debby Irving (book)

White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son by Tim Wise (book)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh (essay excerpt)


Food Systems Specific:

An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System (bibliography)

Backgrounder: Dismantling Racism in the Food System (article series)

Bread for the World (data)

Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System (report)

The Color of Food and Brown.Girl.Farming by Natasha Bowens (book, multimedia project, and blog)

Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity (collected papers)

Cultivating Equality: Delivering Just and Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate (report)

Food Deserts and the Politics of Food Insecurity: Structures and Sustainability Professor Angela Odoms-Young, PhD (video)

Food + Justice = Democracy: LaDonna Redmond at TEDxManhattan, (video)

Food Justice Voices: Chant Down Chant Down Babylon: Building Relationship, Leadership, and Power in the Food Justice Movement (dialogue)

The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry (book review)

The Man Working Behind the Scenes to Bring Racial Equality to the Food System (article)

Racialized Rhetoric’s of Food Politics: Black Farmers, the Case of Shirley Sherrod, and Struggle for Land Equity and Access (journal article)

Structural Racialization and Food Insecurity in the United States (report) 

Structural Racism and Our Food by the Center for Social Inclusion (slides)

Tangled Roots and Bitter Fruits: What Ferguson Can Teach the Food Movement (blog post) 

The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the US Food System (report)

What Ferguson Means for the Food Justice Movement (journal article series)

What is the Color of the New Economy? And Why It Matters (blog post)

Witness to Hunger (photographs and stories – research and advocacy project) 


For Conversations with Children:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (book)

Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs (book)

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (book)

EmbraceRace (online community)

Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester (book)

A Letter to My Son by Ta-Nehisi Coates (article)

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs (book)

The Skin You Live In by Michael Taylor (book)


Tools to Implement: 

Addressing Unconscious Bias Using Multiple Learning Modalities & Arts-Centered Exercises

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Institution

Implicit Bias Test

Race, Equity and Inclusion Guide; Embracing Equity: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization

Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit 

Racial Equity Resource Guide, Healing America 

Racial Equity Toolkit to Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs, and Budget Issues, City of Seattle


Organizations To Connect With:

Like Facebook Pages and follow Twitter feeds of organizations who post daily about issues of power and privilege.

Google who’s who in your area by typing in ‘Racial Justice (name of city/town).’ A few emails and phone calls later, you’ll likely have an idea of how to get on the mailing list of one or more organizations in your area who are addressing issues of power and privilege.

Some organizations and sites to check out:

Beautiful Solutions, Value: Advances Justice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY

Center for Social Inclusion


Economic Policy Institute

Equal Justice Initiative

Government Alliance on Race and Equity

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Interaction Institute for Social Change 

New Economy Coalition


Race Forward

The Root


World Trust: Social Impact Through Film and Dialogue


Actions and Engagement Ideas:

This can be the hardest part for white people new to racial justice work. Engaging in racially mixed settings can trigger age-old power and privilege dynamics. The goal is to enter the process to learn and bridge knowledge gaps, not to take over, lead, and impose solutions.

Stay engaged even when your mind and body start sending you signals to shrink or walk away.

Ask clarifying questions.

Acknowledge what you don’t know.

Journal to process emotions such as shame and anger that can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you.

Find a mentor within your own racial group to support and guide your growth. 

Take a course or workshop. This one goes hand in hand with ‘Connect’ above. The network of people you discover may point you to a class, or finding a class first may point you to a network.

Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes. Click here for some advice about how.

Organize a film night or book group with family, friends, colleagues, or neighbors to learn and discuss together the dynamics and realities of privilege and power.

Attend an event in your area where issues of power and privilege are being addressed. Universities and bookstores often host speakers who draw the network you’ll want to plug into to keep engaged and motivated.