Anti-Racism Education

Living List of Essential Books

Understanding white privilege, white supremacy and the history of white identity in the U.S.

White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016)

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (2010)

Unpacking the Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (1998)

Understanding Racial Oppression

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2016)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

Citizen by Claudia Rankine (2014)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2010)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010)

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman (1997)

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (2012)

Killing the White Man’s Indian: The Reinvention of Native Americans at the End of the 20th Century by Fergus Bordewich (1997)

How racism intersects with sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2015)

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock (2014)

Covering by Kenji Yoshino (2006)

Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks (2000)

SURJ Resources

CLICK HERE to access the SURJ Pride Action Toolkit with links to great readings and resources for understanding and working on the intersections of queer liberation and racial justice.

CLICK HERE to access SURJ’s Cross-Class Capacity Tool, a “living document” that serves as a “primer for middle and upper class whites interested in building trust and relationship within white working class communities.

CLICK HERE to access SURJ’s Immigration Reform Toolkit

Living List of Essential Documentaries

13th (Available on Netflix)

Race: The Power of an Illusion, PBS Series 

The Loving Story (2011 HBO Documentary)

4 Little Girls (1997, directed by Spike Lee)

Eyes on the Prize (1987 award-wining, in-depth history of the civil rights movement)

Dark Girls (2011)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)

Latino Americans (2013 PBS documentary series)

Other reading related to PBS Series “Race: The Power of An Illusion”:

Race: The Power of An Illusion discussion guide (pdf)

Race: The Power of An Illusion – Did You Know? (pdf)

On how our beliefs about race provide economic benefits and real social and political advantages to white people

On the history of slavery, the concept of race and development of racism

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