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Anti-racism Resources

This guide is a starting point for members of the Fitchburg State University community seeking information and resources to learn about anti-racism, white privilege, and inclusion.

Information Resources

Ebooks (Click the title to access online)

Print Books

Unless other wise noted print books are located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library. Call numbers  A-F are on the 3rd floor; call numbers G-Z are located on the 4th floor

To search for articles, use either the search box on the Library's homepage or try searching in subject specific databases.

Suggested Databases:

Suggested Keyword/Search Terms:

ally, anti-Black, anti-racism, assimilation, bigotry, "critical race theory", "cultural appropriation", "cultural racism", decolonization, discrimination, "implicit bias", "individual racism", "institutional racism", intersectionality, "interpersonal racism", microaggression, "model minority", oppression, prejudice, post-racial, racism, "racial colorblindness" "restorative justice", "structural racism", tokenism, "white fragility", "white privilege", "white supremacy", whiteness

Suggested Scholarly Journals:

Example Scholarly Articles: 

Aouragh, M. (2019). ‘White privilege’ and shortcuts to anti-racism. Race & Class, 61(2), 3-26. doi:10.1177/0306396819874629 

Bor, J., Venkataramani, A. S., Williams, D. R., & Tsai, A. C. (2018). Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black americans: A population-based, quasi-experimental study. The Lancet, 392(10144), 302-310. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31130-9

DiAngelo, R. (2012). Nothing to add: A challenge to white silence in racial discussions. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 2(1), 1-17.

Diaquoi, R. (2017). Symbols in the strange fruit seeds: What 'the talk' black parents have with their sons tells us about racism. Harvard Educational Review, 87(4), 512-537. doi:10.17763/1943-5045-87.4.512

Fullilove, M. T., & Wallace, R. (2011). Serial forced displacement in American cities, 1916-2010. Journal of urban health : Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 88(3), 381–389.

Gallagher, C. (2003). Color-Blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America. Race, Gender & Class, 10(4), 22-37. Retrieved June 11, 2020, from

Hoyt, C., Jr. (2012). The pedagogy of the meaning of racism: reconciling a discordant discourse. Social Work, 57(3), 225+.

Linnemann, T., Wall, T., & Green, E. (2014). The walking dead and killing state: Zombification and the normalization of police violence. Theoretical Criminology, 18(4), 506-527. doi:10.1093/sw/sws009

Martinot, S. (2014). On the epidemic of police killings. Social Justice, 39(4 (130)), 52-75. 

Merem, E. (2006). The loss of agricultural land among black farmersThe Western Journal of Black Studies, 30(2), 89-102

Paul, J. (2014). Post-racial futures: Imagining post-racialist anti-racism(s). Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(4), 702-718. doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.857031

Phelan, J. C., & Link, B. G. (2015). Is racism a fundamental cause of inequalities in health? Annual Review of Sociology, 41(1), 311-330. doi:10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112305

Rios, V. M. (2012). Stealing a bag of potato chips and other crimes of resistance: Understanding people in their social worlds understanding people in their social worlds. Contexts, 11(1), 48-53. doi: 36504212436496

Tesler, M. (2012). The Return of Old-Fashioned Racism to White Americans’ Partisan Preferences in the Early Obama Era. The Journal of Politics, 75(1), 110-123. doi:10.1017/s0022381612000904

Warren, P. Y. (2010). The continuing significance of race: An analysis across two levels of policing. Social Science Quarterly, 91(4), 1025-1042. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00747.x

103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice - Corinne Shutack, updated on August 23, 2020

An American Uprising - David Remnick, The New Yorker, 2020

Bryan Stevenson on the Frustrations behind the George Floyd Protests - Isaac Chotiner - The New Yorker2020

The Case for Reparations - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic, 2014 

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Alicia Garza, 2014

The Idea of America - Nikole Hannah-Jones - New York Times Magazine, 2019

In Defense of Black Rage: Michael Brown, Police and the American Dream - Brittney Cooper - Salon, 2014

In Search of a Majority - James Baldwin (speech), 1960

Letter From a Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

The Matter of Black Lives - Jelani Cobb - The New Yorker, 2016

Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex - Angela Davis - Colorlines, 1998

Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot - Shenequa Golding - Medium, 2020

Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - New York Times, 2020

A Report from Occupied Territory - James Baldwin, The Nation, 1996 (originally printed in 1966)

Respectability Will Not Save Us - Carol Anderson - Lit Hub, 2017 

There Is No Post-Racial America - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic, 2015

The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism - Audre Lorde, Keynote Address at the National Women’s Studies Association Convention, 1981

A Talk to Teachers - James Baldwin, Delivered October 16, 1963, as “The Negro Child – His Self-Image”; originally published in The Saturday Review, December 21, 1963

The Talk: How Black Parents Prepare Their Young Sons for Life in America - Bijan Stephen - Medium, 2014

The Trayvon Generation - Elizabeth Alexander - The New Yorker, June 15, 2020

Walking While Black - Garnette Cadogan, 2016

When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels - Rachel Cargle - Harpers Bazaar, 2018

White People Are Still Raised To Be Racially Illiterate - Robin DiAngelo - NBC News, 2018

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? - Ibram X. Kendi - The Atlantic, 2020

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge 

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.

Code Switch 

Code Switch is a weekly podcast from National Public Radio (NPR) hosted by multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists who explore the intersecting themes of race, ethnicity and culture.

Come Through

Hosted by writer Rebecca Carroll, this NPR series features 15 conversations about race over a number of issues, from climate change to employment to healthcare. 

Counter Stories

Minnesota Public Radio podcast that examines race, identity, social justice and culture in a region grappling with demographic changes.

Dear White Women

Dear White Women is an award-winning weekly podcast dedicated to starting real discussions for (busy) people who wish they knew more about race, identity, and happiness in the United States.


Hosted by journalist Vann R. Newkirk II, Floodlines is an 8-episode series that explores the chaotic aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Good Ancestor

An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

Intersection with Jamil Smith

Hosted by visionary Jamil Smith, this podcast examines identity through various points of intersection. Race, gender, socioeconomic status–these are just some of the points of intersection that Smith explores in order to help others gain a greater understanding of themselves. He also includes discussions with journalists, activists, politicians, and everyday people. This podcast is the real deal!

Intersectionality Matters!

Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities, such as their gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability, might combine to create unique modes of discrimination. Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, the scholar who coined the term and is a leading scholar of critical race theory, this podcast seeks to examine at instersectinality in real life.

Hear to Slay

Hosted by authors and educators, Roxane Gay and Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Hear to Slay offers insightful and stimulating analysis of the politics and the popular culture through a Black feminist lens. 

Justice In America

Justice In America is a podcast that examines the historical context of the modern American criminal justice ystem. Hosted by  journalist and lawyer Josie Duffy Rice and guests seek to unpack buzzwords and termniology to help listeners understand the linkages between criminal justice, Jim Crow, and slavery.

Lynching In America

This podcast, which is a project from the Equal Justice Initiative, brings stories from generations impacted by the history of lynching in the United States

Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) 

Mapping the American Past (MAAP), a project from Columbia University, illustrates places and moments that have shaped the long history of African Americans in New York City.

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.

Pod Save the People

On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. 

Speaking of Racism
A podcast dedicating to honest discussion on race and racism, and celebrating everyday activists who are disrupting, deconstructing, and dismantling racism.

Still Processing
New York Times culture writers Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham look at the pleasures and pathologies of 2020 America through popular culture from TV to art to the internet 

Teaching Hard History

What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. From Teaching Tolerance and host Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of African American History at The Ohio State Univeristy, Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators. It’s good advice for teachers, good information for everybody.

The 1619 Project 

In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.

This New York Times six-part audio series hosted by investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Joneson, explores how slavery transformed America, connecting past and present.

The Diversity Gap 

When it comes to diversity, good intentions are only the beginning. Join author and activist Bethaney Wilkinson as she explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. On The Diversity Gap podcast, we'll be learning from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more about the diversity gaps in society and culture. Our goal is to discover promising practices for closing diversity gaps in our everyday lives and work!

The History of American Slavery

With the help of acclaimed historians and writers, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the history of American slavery and examine how the institution came to shape our country’s politics, economy, and culture.

The Nod

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black — in America, and around the world

The Stoop

This podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations and provide professionally-reported stories about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. Come hang out on The Stoop as we dialog about the diaspora.

Yo, Is This Racist? 

Hby Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Ted Talks on Race & Racism

The Danger of a Single Story


Racism Has a Cost for Everyone


How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time


An Artist's Unflinching Look at Racial Violence 


Click here for more TED talks on race and racism


Other Videos

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man


13th (Full Length Feature Film)

The 1619 Project 

An online, interactive multi-media project from journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones of the The New York Times Magazine published over the course of 2019 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved African peoples to  the land that would become the United States. 

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

The approximately 1,235 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives. This interactive site from Slate seeks to illustrates the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time, as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations

The Anti-Slavery Manuscripts 

The Boston Public Library's Anti-Slavery collection contains roughly 40,000 pieces of correspondence, broadsides, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and memorabilia from the 1830s through the 1870s. This site provides researchers, students and the general public with the opportunity to look at and transcribe these important primary source documents.


Web-based reference center that is dedicated to the understanding of African-American history and the history the African Diaspora

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.  These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom 

Digital portion of a physical Library of Congress exhibit on the events leading up to the passage of the landmark the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Renewing Inequality: Family Displacements through Urban Renewal, 1950-1966

This mapping project was developed by a team at the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab. The map and charts here show the number of families that cities reported displacing through federally-funded urban renewal programs between 1955 and 1966.

A History of Racial Injustice

Developed by the Equal Justice Initiative this online calendar provides an "on the day" snapshot of racial injustice spanning over the 400 years of American history

Library of Congress - Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories 

Oral history collection featuring the recordings of 23 former enslaved persons who recount their experiences of American chattel slavery. 

Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) 

Mapping the American Past (MAAP), a project from Columbia University, illustrates places and moments that have shaped the long history of African Americans in New York City.

Mapping Prejudice

A project from University of Minnesota that explores the long term impacts of race-based and discriminatory housing codes

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

A joint project between University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, and Duke University that seeks to provide access to an interactive representation of the national collection of “security” maps and area descriptions produced by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation between 1935 and 1940 that were used in the racially discriminating process known as "redlining".

Mapping Police Violence

This is collaborative research project that collects comprehensive data on police killings nationwide to quantify the impact of police violence in communities

The Massacre of Black Wall Street

Digital comic illustration project from the Atlantic magazine and HBO. The comic focuses on the attack by white rioters in 1921 on the Black Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood

North American Slave Narratives

The North American Slave Narratives" collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920.

POC Zine Project

Making all zines by people of color easy to find, distribute, and share. An experiment in activism and community through materiality.

Segregated Seattle

This multi-media web site from the University of Washington compiles and documents the history of the civil rights movement in Seattle nts, movement histories, and personal biographies, more than 300 pages in all.

Seneca Village Project 

The Seneca Village Project is dedicated to the study of a 19th-century African-American and Irish-immigrant community that was located in today's Central Park in New York City. The goal of the project is to conduct further research on the site and to commemorate it in an educational context. The Seneca Village Project includes several integrated components: archaeological and archival research and education.

A Timeline of Events That Led to the Events That Led to the 2020 "Fed-Up'-rising 

A selective complied by The Root timeline of some key events dating from 1619 up to the current protests 

Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories

The recordings of former slaves in Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine states. Twenty-three interviewees discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of their enslavement. It is important to note that all of the interviewees spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives that are reflected in these recordings. The individuals documented in this presentation have much to say about living as African Americans from the 1870s to the 1930s, and beyond.

The Whiteness Project 

An interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race.


Daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis. Published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. 

Equal Justice Initiative 

The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization, based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.

Souther Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.