Resources for Undoing Racism
In addition to linking to articles and ways to be active in undoing racism in my short blog posts, I’ll keep an updated list of such items here. Refer to this post whenever you’re looking for further reading or ways to be active.
Appropriation: Members of a dominant cultural group using elements of an oppressed cultural group, especially without honoring the context of such elements and against the wishes of the culture of origin. Examples: White people wearing dreadlocks or mohawks as hairstyles. White musicians and performers adopting musical and expressive dance styles of oppressed cultures.
POC: People of color. A positive term used to encompass all people not included the category of whiteness.
Race: A social category established in the US in the 17th century for the sake of economic and cheap labor interests.
White supremacy: “An historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent, for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege.” (Source)
Racism: Racial prejudice plus systemic power. This means that people disenfranchised by our social structures may be prejudiced, but are not racist. Racism involves having the force of institutional power behind you.
White: People with pale skin generally of European descent.
The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Colorlines, a news site by Race Forward
How White People Got Made, Quinn Norton
Something Borrowed: An Open-Ended Conversation about Cultural Appropriation, writers of Rookie
No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy”, Robin DiAngelo
What Is White Privilege?, RacismSchool
Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves, an extensive list of articles and books
What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality, Ijeoma Oluo
Undoing Racism workshops by The People’s Institute Northwest for Survival and Beyond
Shy Person’s Guide to Calling Representatives: Learn how to call your state officials and tell them what you think
GrabYourWallet Boycott: Focused on boycotting companies that support conservative politics/politicians (who are invariably rampant racists)