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Racial Equity Challenge Resources

View a recording of our 2018 WEBINAR here.

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. 
Click here to download the list of 2018 Racial Equity Challenge daily prompts.


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:

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

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

I Am Not Your Negro (documentary - trailer)

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)

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (book)


Systems and Structural Racism:

13th (documentary - trailer)

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why (audio, photo essay) 

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

A deeper Challenge of Change: The role of land-grant universities in assessing and ending structural racism in the US food system (essay) 

The Making of Ferguson (article)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (book)

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap (report) 

Systems Primer (report)


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)

Uncomfortable Truths: Confronting Racism in America (radio conversation series) 

We All Have Racial Bias by Mamoudou N'Diaye (video)

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)

Sermon To White America by Michael Eric Dyson (audio)

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:

Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Beloved Community (documentary short - trailer & more)

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

Black Farmers in America, 1865-2000 The Pursuit of Independent Farming and the Role of Cooperatives (report)

Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots: “We Are Feeding Our Liberation” (article) 

Black Food Matters: Race and Equity in the Good Food Movement - Devita Davison (video) 

Bread for the World (resource library & fact sheets including Hunger and Poverty in the African-American Community)  

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: A Farmer Like Me: Exploring Hunger, Race and Farming in America, Why Hunger (interview)

Good food and good jobs for all: Challenges and opportunities to advance racial and economic equity in the food system (report) 

Growing Justice: Transcending racism in the food system (article)

A More Abundant Share – The Future Of Food Is Black (article)

On Food Privilege: When Is Good Nutrition Code For Entrenched Social Status? (article) 

Race and Food are Intertwined. Here’s How We Can Do Better (article) 

Racial Equity in the Farm Bill: Recommendations and Opportunities (blog post, 3rd in series) 

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

Reparations for Black-Indigenous Farmers (map) 

Reveal: Losing Ground (podcast) 

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)

USDA (2012) Agricultural Census, Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Profiles (data) 

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)

The White Lies of Craft Culture (article) 

Why Are There So Few Black-Owned Grocery Stores? (article) 

Why We Can’t Talk About Race in Food (commentary) 

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


For Conversations with Children:

Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs (book)

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (book)

EmbraceRace (online community)

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull (book) 

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

A Letter to My Son by Ta-Nehisi Coates (article, adapted from book)

Raising Race Conscious Children (workshops and other resources) 

The Skin You Live In by Michael Taylor (book)

Teaching Tolerance (curriculum and other resources)


Tools to Implement: 

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

Code Switch Listening Party Kit

Confronting Racial Bias at Work

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Institution

The 4th Box Sparks Imagination 

Implicit Association Test

Personal Privilege Profile 

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

Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice


Organizations To Connect With:

Like Facebook pages and follow Twitter feeds of organizations and networks that post daily about issues of power, privilege, and racial injustice.

Learn about who's working in your area by searching for ‘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, privilege, and racial injustice.

Some organizations and sites to check out:

Beautiful Solutions, Value: Advances Justice

Best social justice and equity conferences in 2018 

Catalyst Project

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

Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY



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 

National Equity Atlas 

New Social Compact

The Opportunity Agenda 

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond


Race Forward

Racial Equity Tools 

Soul Fire Farm 

White Privilege Conference

World Trust: Social Impact Through Film and Dialogue


Actions and Engagement Ideas:

This can be the hardest part, especially for 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. Connect with organizations listed above and see what opportunities they offer. The network of people you discover may point you to a class, or finding a class first may point you to a network.

Call your local representatives and congress people and share your concerns about racial injustices. Learn about and support policies put forward by The Movement for Black Lives

Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes and racist comments. 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.