The ZIS mission states our commitment to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly articulates fundamental human rights to be universally protected. At ZIS, we value deeply the dignity and rights of each individual, in our community and anywhere in the world. This unwavering commitment leads us to condemn oppression, which subjugates and marginalizes specific groups of people.
The ZIS Diversity and Equity Committee has brought together this selection of resources. Whether you are searching for a way to facilitate a conversation at home or in your classroom, or you’re hoping to better understand racism, we hope the following books, articles, podcasts, films, and more will help guide you.
Books for Adults
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
"Racism is a white problem. It was constructed and created by white people and the ultimate responsibility lies with white people. For too long we’ve looked at it as if it were someone else’s problem, as if it was created in a vacuum. I want to push against that narrative.” - DiAngelo
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a British journalist and author. Her writing focuses on feminism and exposing structural racism.
"For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society"
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Dr. Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
"Whether we consider ourselves “racist” or not, we are part of a racist system. In fact, it is often our advantages that keep us from seeing the disadvantages of others. And, no matter how well-intentioned we might be as individuals, our complacency with that system makes us all complicit." - Oluo
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates provides this memoir in the form of a passionate letter to his son. He explores race, culture and fatherhood.
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Books for Children
For white parents to raise anti-racist children:
Tips, Podcasts, Articles for Adults
Tips and Approaches:
- Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests
- 6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children
- Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
- 100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice
- Article on Raising Race-Conscious Children
- 4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now
Links to Podcasts:
Films, Documentaries, TED Talks to watch:
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
Steps to take to support antiracism (adapted from Ally Henny):
- Listen to people of color share their experiences.
- Educate yourself. That means reading books and connecting with anti-racist resources.
- Disrupt the racism that you see. Tell people that they’re being racist. Refuse to entertain insensitive talk anywhere.
- Get uncomfortable. Put yourself in situations with people who are not afraid to speak their truth.
- Do the work. Dedicate time and energy to learning to deal with your whiteness. Since you were born, you have been exposed to a lot of negative ideas about people of color. It is going to take a lot of time to dismantle the things that you thought were normal and okay.
- Be ready to be offended and to have your feelings hurt. People are tired of being oppressed and a lot of folks are gonna let you have it right now. Will you learn or will you retreat into comfort.
- Listen to people of color who you might not necessarily agree with rather than defaulting to the same voices that don’t challenge whiteness.