In the face of systemic racism, we must be anti-racist. As we strengthen our resolve to combat systemic racism, below is a list of resources for those seeking to increase their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of anti-racism frameworks.
Unlearn and Learn
Anti-Black Racism Course FAQs: https://www.provost.pitt.edu/anti-black-racism-course-faqs
Anti-Racist Reading Lists
- An Antiracist Reading List - New York Times
- Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi - Chicago Public Library
See also: "How to Be An Antiracist", Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi (opens video, Aspen Ideas Festival, 2019)
- Recommendations by Professor Keisha Blain, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
- BKLYN BookMatch: A Black Lives Matter Reading List of Adults - Brooklyn Public Library
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- UMD College of Education Ph.D.–student Victoria Alexander has collated podcasts, films, and other media in an Anti-Racist Resource Guide, including brief lists of Anti-Racists Literature:
- This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea – NPR
- Reading as resistance? The rise of the anti-racist book list – NBC
- Black Owned Bookstores in the United States
Understand the Facts
- On systemic racism: Explanation of System Racism (Act.TV)
- Implicit Bias and Structural Inequity (opens .pdf from National Equity Project)
- On the roots of racial inequities: Antiracism and America - A collaboration between The Guardian and American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, this is an ongoing series that sheds light on the structures at the root of racial inequities.
- On COVID-19 and racial disparities: The COVID Tracking Project
- Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: "The Violence is Not New, It's the Cameras That are New"
- U.S. Police Shootings: Blacks Disproportinately Affected (Statistica)
- Fatal Force: Police Shooting Data Base (Washington Post)
- Why It's So Rare For Police Officers to Face Legal Consequences (FiveThirtyEight)
- On state criminal justice data: The Sentencing Project, Racial Disparity
- On systemic racism in higher education: ‘I Was Fed Up’: How #BlackInTheIvory Got Started, and What Its Founders Want to See Next (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Tear Gas and Pepper Spray Can Mail, Killl, and Spread Coronavirus (Forbes)
- Police Brutality & COVID-19 (American Medical Association, Prioritizing Equity Video Series)
Engage with Research, Tools, and Resources Offered by Universities
- The Racial Equity Action Lab (REAL): Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity mobilizes research insights to inform leaders and produces collaborative research to advance racial equity.
- UCLA, The Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, and Health – dedicated to examining how and when racism affects health, providing tools to improve the rigor with which researchers study racism and health, and evaluating intervention strategies that most effectively address racism’s contributions to health inequities.
- University of Pittsburgh, Center on Race and Social Problems, helping lead the United States further along the path to social justice by conducting race-related research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating race-related research findings and scholarship.
- The new Boston University Center for Antiracist Research will convene researchers and practitioners to explore novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.
- Resources for Coping With And Addressing Racial Oppression - McSilver Institute For Poverty Policy and Research, NYU
- Resources to Support Anti-Racist Practice and Advocacy - Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Access Pedagogical Resources
- University Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pittsburgh: Announcements and Anti-Racism Resources
Talk About Race and Racism with Children
- Talking to Kids About Racism (New York Times)
- An Instagram from The Conscious Kid, Are Your Kids Too Young To Talk About Race? (links to a resource from the Social Justice Resources from the Children’s Community School)
- Best moments from CNN and Sesame Street's town hall on racism for kids and parents - CNN
Advance Anti-Racist Efforts
Prepare to Have Difficult Conversations About Racism and Bias
- Responding to Microaggressions and Bias - Dr. Diane J. Goodman (pdf)
- Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send, UCSC, adapted from Sue, Derald Wing (opens .pdf)
- The Cycle of Socialization - Adams, M., Bell, L. A., Griffin, P., Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (1997; opens .pdf)
- Eight Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racial Justice - The Opportunity Agenda
Learn how to talk about recent events using Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Engage with ongoing efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your department, the Dietrich School, and University.
- Consider serving on shared governance bodies such as the DSAS Graduate Council or University Council on Graduate Studies.
- DSAS Diversity Website: https://www.as.pitt.edu/diversity
- University of Pittsburgh, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu
- Philippa Carter, Director of Diversity Initiatives in the DSAS Office of Graduate Studies, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-624-6096
Participate in Forums, Trainings, and Conversations at Pitt and Beyond
- Highlights from “I Can’t Breathe” Town Hall, University of Pittsburgh (June 2020)
- David Harris, the Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair and professor of law at Pitt, and host of a podcast, Criminal Injustice, lead a virtual discussion: “Race, Police and Unarmed Civilian Deaths: What Can Be Done?” (June 2020)
- July 28-30: Pitt will host a virtual Diversity Forum, featuring speaker, activist and writer Ibram X. Kendi, among others
- Participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Academic Anti-defamation League (ADL) Campus of Difference training
- Review training and program videos from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Pitt.
- Engage with local Pittsburgh organizations and community intiatives
- Support local, black-owned businesses using the Greater Pittsburgh Black Business Directory
Engage with Organizations
- ACLU: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
- Black Lives Matter: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Black Lives Matter has various local chapters. Find yours here
- Color Of Change: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Higher Heights Leadership Fund: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube
- NAACP: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
- National Urban League: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Southern Poverty Law Center: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Citizen Journalism and Political Protests (Syracuse University)
U.S. Citizens: Vote in Federal, State, and Local Elections
Pitt Votes: In this election season, eligible student voters and those educating themselves about the election process are encouraged to consult the nonpartisan website Pittvotes.turbovote.org. This site ensures Pitt students and other members of the community know when elections are happening and have the information they need to vote with confidence. The site also provides election reminders, voter registration, applications for absentee ballots, and more. Please consult Pittvotes.turbovote.org and seek out assistance from your faculty and peers as you work to learn about and exercise your critically important right to vote.
Elected officials at the state and local level matter most with regard to issues such as reformation of police departments and criminal justice systems.
- Why Local Elections Matter – Campus Election Engagement Project
- Educate yourself on how to vote as a student: If you’re living away from your home state and are not registered as a local resident you may have the choice of registering in Pittsburgh or requesting an absentee ballot - Votes PA