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RACE & JUSTICE: Resources


This online Pilgrim Library "display" includes both library and free public resources related to the history of race and racism, whiteness and privilege, race and education, and race and criminal justice. This "display" will be updated as more resources become available. You are invited to email suggestions and recommendations to 

Please note, this guide is intended to provide general information and resources about racial justice. It is not meant as an exhaustive list of anti-oppression & anti-racism initiatives and information but serves as an introduction to the larger conversations facing systemic racism and recurring acts of violence. Users of this website are responsible for independently verifying information. Moreover, the inclusion of linked resources on this site dos not imply endorsement from Defiance College. 

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Anti-Racist Reading List


Mount, J. [@jane_mount]. (2020, May 21). Ideal bookshelf 1162: Antiracism [Illustration]. Instagram.

Resource Lists & Reading Lists

Streaming Media

Netflix: Black Lives Matter Collection

Learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series and documentaries.

Black Lives Matter": Netflix estrena una nueva categoría para ...

Netflix Introduces a Black Lives Matter Category: A list of the 50+ films in the collection 

The Difference Between Being "Not Racist" and Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi (June 2020)

"There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)"



Race and Criminal Justice

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time | Baratunde Thurston (2019)

"Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on Black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally 'living while Black.' In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up."

Online General Resources

Organization founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, whose "mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities."

Works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone." The organization's work is "guided by science and grounded in anti-racism." 

 A list of resources put together by the "We Need Diverse Books" non-profit organization that advocates for changes in the publishing industry.

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Library Print Books Found in the DEIA Collection

The Danger of Silence | Clint Smith (2014)

"'We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't,' says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Online Academic Resources

Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice | Megan Ming Francis (2016)

"In this inspiring and powerful talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all" cures to a complex social problem. Megan Ming Francis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington where she specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Politics. Her award-winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, shows that the battle against lynching and mob violence in the first quarter of the 20th century was pivotal to the development of civil rights and the growth of federal court power. She is inspired by people who fight for justice–even when the end appears nowhere in sight."

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How Racial Bias Works -- and How to Disrupt It | Jennifer L. Eberhardt (June 2020)

"Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem."

More TED Talks!

Project Implicit

Are you prejudiced? Take the implicit association test

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings that are largely outside of conscious awareness and control. Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action.

Take A Test

Visit the research or demonstration websites to try out some tests and learn more about the research and yourself!

Anti-Racism Collection Fiction

There, There / Tommy Orange
Interior Chinatown / Charles Yu
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel / Zora Neale Hurston; with a new foreword by Mary Helen Washington
Beloved: A Novel / Toni Morrison
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents / Julia Alvarez
The Color Purple / Alice Walker
When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky / Margaret Verble
A Mercy / Toni Morrison
No-No Boy / John Okada; introduction by Karen Tei Yamashita
Salvage the Bones: A Novel / Jesmyn Ward
The Night Watchman / Louise Erdrich
Saving Fish from Drowning / Amy Tan
The Only Good Indians / Stephen Graham Jones
Pioneer Girl: A Novel / Bich Minh Nguyen
The House of the Spirits / Isabel Allende
Probably Ruby / Lisa Bird-Wilson
Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi
Short Girls: A Novel / Bich Minh Nguyen
Invisible man / Ralph Ellison ; preface by Charles Johnson
A Gesture Life / Chang-rae Lee
The Round House / Louise Erdrich
Gunga Din Highway: A Novel / Frank Chin
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