Resources for Decolonizing Our Ways of Being
Self-educating, having conversations about anti-Black racism with loved ones, and raising younger generations to be champions of racial justice are crucial components of anti-racism work. Here are some resources we hope might help in your journey of practicing an anti-racist way of living.
- Black Lives Matter Translated - A crowdsourced repository of materials in Asian & Pacific Islander diasporic languages. Compiled by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
- Las Vidas Negras Importan - A list of advocacy resources compiled by Black Lives Matter organizers and translated to Spanish.
- Letters for Black Lives - A set of crowdsourced resources aimed at creating space for conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities. Translated in 30 languages. Includes social media graphics.
- The Anti-Racism Project’s Book List
- An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi
- Shared Black Texts compiled by POCC Magazine
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
- Combating Anti-Blackness and White Supremacy in Organizations by Babe Kawaii-Bogue
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olou
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- How Studying Privileged Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
- James Baldwin interviews on YouTube
- Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama
- Naomi Murakawa & #BlackLivesMatter: Liberals, Guns and the Roots of the U.S. Prison Explosion
- White Dominance of Space in Performance
- 13th - Ava Duvernay - on Netflix & Youtube
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap - Vox - on Netflix & Youtube
- Good Hair - Chris Rock - on Youtube
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 - Göran Olsson - on Youtube
- The Kalief Browder Story - Jenner Furst - on Netflix
- When They See Us - Ava Duvernay - on Netflix
"Adults often think they should avoid talking with young children about race or racism because doing so would cause them to notice race or make them racist. In fact, when adults are silent about race or use ‘colorblind’ rhetoric, they actually reinforce racial prejudice in children. Starting at a very young age, children see patterns — who seems to live where; what kinds of homes they see as they ride or walk through different neighborhoods; who is the most desirable character in the movies they watch; who seems to have particular jobs or roles at the doctor's office, at school, at the grocery store; and so on — and try to assign ‘rules’ to explain what they see.
Adults' silence about these patterns and the structural racism that causes them, combined with the false but ubiquitous ‘American Dream’ narrative that everyone can achieve anything that they want through hard work, results in children concluding that the patterns they see ‘must have been caused by meaningful inherent differences between groups.’ In other words, young children infer that the racial inequities they see are natural and justified. So despite good intentions, when we fail to talk openly with our children about racial inequity in our society, we are in fact contributing to the development of their racial biases, which studies show are already in place.” --Dr. Erin Winkler, 2017, The Conscious Kid
Advice on Raising Anti-racist Kids
- 3 Experts on How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids - Fast Company
- Are Your Kids Too Young To Talk About Race? - The Conscious Kid
- How Can Parents Make Their Kids Understand How To Be Anti-Racist? - Renee Watson and Ibram X. Kendi, NPR
- Raising Anti-racist Kids: Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers - Ibram X. Kendi and Derecka Purnall, discussion hosted by Haymarket Books
Purchase from Black-Owned Bookstores
Below is a list of Black-owned bookstores selling children's and YA books online. As there is a push towards purchasing from Black-owned businesses, please be patient with potential backorders. This article by Red Tricycle lists several other local Black-Owned bookstores by state.
Collections for All Ages
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners - These awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
- EmbraceRace’s Children’s Book List for Anti-Racist Activism - This list is curated to include reading material that can initiate conversations with children about race, racism, and what it means to resist oppression.
- Little Feminist provides a monthly book subscription to diversify your kid’s bookshelf.
- Pre-K teacher Brittany Smith’s 25 Books on Racism
- The Conscious Kid’s 41 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance - The Conscious Kid is “an educational nonprofit that equips parents and educators with tools they can use to support racial identity development, critical literacy, and equitable practices in their homes and classrooms.” Note: Users need a membership to access this list.
For Babies & Toddlers
- Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne
- We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates
- Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
- Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union
- “More More More,” Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
For Younger Children
- Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne
- My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard
- Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
- We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (editors)
- This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell
- IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
- Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
- Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
- A Kid’s Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
- Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinckney
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Black Brother Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Be Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz
For Young Adults
- This is My America by Kim Johnson
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
- When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
- Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) : A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yself Salaam
The toys below are sold by Black purveyors. As there is a push towards purchasing from Black-owned businesses, please be patient with potential backorders.
- Cinnamon Annie Doll - Personalized Rag Dolls
- Harper Iman Dolls of Color
- Izuki Dolls
- Kido Paper Dolls
- Little Likes Kids Puzzles & Memory Games
- Malaville Dolls
- Personalized Super Hero Puzzle
- Pirate Paper Doll & Puppet
- Rapunzel Fairy Tale Paper Puppet Printables
- The Black Toy Store’s Color My Fro Coloring Book