I’d like to share the people, documentaries, books and other media that I’ve learned from over the course of unpacking my whiteness. I’ve had the privilege to learn from many wonderful anti-racism educators and I continue to learn from them every day. I hope these educators and resources will help you to unpack your whiteness as well. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and contains only educators I have personally learned from.
Leesa Renee Hall – Leesa has a Patreon community designed for highly-sensitive introverts to unpack their whiteness through expressive writing prompts.
Layla Saad – Author of the “Me and White Supremacy” workbook and an educator that offers classes to dig deeper into white supremacy. Also hosts the Good Ancestor Podcast.
Rachel Cargle – Anti-racism educator, writer and speaker.
Cartrice M. Jackson – Racial justice speaker, author, educator and activist.
“Seeing White” series on Scene on Radio podcast
“Good Ancestor Podcast” by Layla Saad
13th Directed by Ava DuVernay (as of this posting available to stream on Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro Directed by Raoul Peck (as of this posting available to stream on Amazon Prime)
“So You Want to Talk About Race?” by Ijeoma Oluo
“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” by Patrisse Cullors
“Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,” by Brittney Cooper
“This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female and Feminist in (White) America,” by Morgan Jerkins
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” by Alex Haley
“The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom and Justice,” by Anthony Ray Hinton
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Questions About Race” by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism,” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
“Notes Of A Native Son,” by James Baldwin
“Sister Outsider,” by Audre Lorde
“Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The History of White People,” by Nell Irvin Painter
“We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” by Isabel Wilkerson
“I Have a Dream & Letter From Birmingham Jail” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Activists and Others I Follow on Social Media (Not listed above)
Nekima Levy-Armstrong (One of the founders of Assata Speaks, a monthly gathering in Minneapolis “Like TED Talks, but with more swag”)
Staci Jordan Shelton
Dr. Frantonia Pollins