Resources

These are a variety of resources that we have found to be useful as we have been exploring the large issue of race over the course of this year.

Articles

A simple article to help understand the concept of systemic racism: https://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2016/systemic-racism-is-real

Books

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving:  This is the personal account of a woman who strived to be a responsible and caring person who came to understand the complexities of white privilege.  This started her on a journey of discovery and insight that shifted her understanding and appreciation of the complexity of ‘race’ in the American culture and social and political structure.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin DiAngelo:  “Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.” (Amazon)

 

Radio and Podcasts

Excellent radio documentary series on race in the United States–a mixture of history and personal experiences: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/  This can also be listened to as a podcast.