Read, watch, listen

You’ve seen the lists all over social media, but have you started working your way through them?

I’m currently reading Layla F. Saad’s  Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor.

Last night, I watched I Am Not Your Negro. I’d been familiar with James Baldwin’s work for years, but those 90 minutes put it all in a context that helped me see it in new ways.

Sometimes I’m looking for straight up documentary and intellect. That’s when I lean toward a movie like I Am Not Your Negro. Or maybe 13th. When I’m more in the mood for storytelling drama, maybe Selma or Just Mercy.

I’ve put together my own list of suggestions. Most of them I’ve vetted on my own. A few of them come highly recommended by others and I’ll work my way through them as well. You might love one and not another. You might have others to suggest that aren’t on my list. Feel free to leave comments and add your own favorite resources.

What to read

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad  

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race  by Reni Eddo-Lodge  

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption  by Bryan Stevenson 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

What to watch


Just Mercy

Malcom X 


I Am Not Your Negro 

Do the Right Thing 

Whose Streets?

The Hate U Give

12 Years a Slave

Fruitvale Station

Dear White People

What to listen to (podcasts)


Code Switch

Seeing White

About Race

Pod Save the People

Good Ancestor

Slay in Your Lane

Sooo Many White Guys

Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?

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