Anti-Racism Resources

Resources for Learning and Unlearning Racism

Below you will find a non-exhaustive collection of resources, guides, compilations, reading, watching, and listening material to support your ongoing process of learning about and enacting anti-racist action. For a deeper-dive, visit our Learn & Unlearn: Anti-racism Resource Guide, a collaboration with the John M. Flaxman Library.

Use these resources to inform your involvement in Black Lives Matter and Stop AAAPI Hate in- and beyond our community. The resources listed are intended only to be a starting point. As a community, we believe these videos and resources are a first step in deepening our awareness, recognizing the role we play in fostering a community centered on justice, and taking personal accountability to enact meaningful change. Both individually and collectively, we are commited to a society that actively opposes racism in all its forms against all communities of color. 

SAIC will continue to offer programs and resources throughout the year to deepen our collective understanding of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage you to participate in these programs, continue the learning on your own, seek to understand diverse perspectives, and incorporate them into your life.

This is a living list and all suggestions as welcome and encouraged. Send any suggestions to

  • Citizenship and Social Justice - 11 Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege [Webpage]
  • “The Myth of Race, debunked in 3 minutes.” [Vox Video]
  • Stamped from by Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Ibram X. Kendi [Book]
  • Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History and Culture) [Website]
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Isabel Wilkerson [Book]
  • “Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans (PBS Origin of Everything).” [Video]
  • “The Antiracism Activation Kit.” [Website]
  • “The Antiracism Starter Kit.” [Article] [Website]
  • “The Difference between being “not racist” and antiracist.” Ibram X. Kendi [Video]
  • How to be an Antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi [Book]
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism. Bell Hooks [Book]
  • “A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed-up’-Rising.” Michael Harriot [The Root Article]
  • "An Interview with the Founders of the Black Lives Matter. Ted [Video]
  • “Black Lives Matter May Be The Largest Movement in U.S. History.” Larry Buchanan, Quoctrung Bui, and Jugal K. Patel. [The New York Times Article]
  • Black Lives Matter Toolkits [Website]
  • "Courage is Contagious." Damon Davis. Ted [Video]
  • “Herstory.” Black Lives Matter [Article and Webpage]

The History of Anti-Asian Hate

  • "A History of Hate." In the thick [Acast Podcast]
  • National Report. Stop AAPI Hate [Website]
  • "The long history of anti-Asian hate in America, explained." Li Zhou [Vox Article]
  • "The long history of US racism against Asian Americans, from 'yellow peril,' to 'model minority,' to the 'Chinese virus." Adrian De Leon [The Conversation Article]

Anti-Asian Hate in the Present-Day 

  • "Animals and Epidemic Orientalism: Reconsidering the Taxonomies of COVID-19." Rachel Wang, Justin Wong, and Dayun Ryu [Far-Near Article]
  • "I Will Not Stand Silent.' 10 Asian Americans reflect on racism during the pandemic and the need for equality." Anna Purna Kambhampaty [Time Article]
  • "We need to talk about anti-Asian Hate." The Try Guys [Youtube Video]
  • "When Xenophobia spreads like a virus." Code Switch [Podcast]

Actions You Can Take

  • "68 Ways to donate in support of Asian communities." The Strategist [NY Mag Article]
  • "How to address the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes." PBS [Newshour Video]
  • "How to support Asian American colleagues amid the recent wave of anti-Asian violence." Jennifer Liu [CNBC Article]
  • "What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans." Vignesh Ramachandran [PBS Article]

Self Care

  • "A Mental wellness activity book for Asian Americans." University of Connecticut's Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, #IAMNOTAVIRUS campaign, and Asian American Literary Review [Workbook]

International, National & Local Grassroots Movements

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice [Website]
  • Stop AAPI Hate [Website]
  • Tell your story, Stand Against Hatred [Website]
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald [Book]
  • “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them.” (Verna Myers) [Video]
  • “Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism,” New York Times [Website]
  • “I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege, so I asked.” Claudia Rankine [NY Times Article]
  • “Not All White People Are Created Equal: White Privilege in America.” [Youtube Video]
  • “Students Learn a Powerful Message About Race/Privilege.” [Youtube Video]
  • “What Is White Privilege, Really?” Cory Collins [Teaching Tolerance Article]
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Peggy McIntosh [Essay]
  • Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw: “An Intersectional Look at 1619.” [Podcast]
  • Redefining Realness. Janet Mock [Book]
  • “She Coined the Term ‘Intersectionality’ Over 30 Years Ago. Here’s What It Means to Her Today.” Katy Steinmetz. [TIME Article]
  • “The Urgency of Intersectionality.” Kimberlé Crenshaw [ Video]
  • "The Danger of A Single Story." Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ted [Video]
  • “How Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites.” [Youtube Video
  • “Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How to Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away.” NPR [Article]
  • Microaggressions in Everyday Life. Derald Wing Sue [Book]
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (directed by Barry Jenkins) [Film]
  • “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Ta-Nehisi Coates [Story]
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander [Book]
  • “44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country.” Zahra Barnes [Article]
  • Balanced Black Girl. Community Healing Guide. [Guide]
  • Black Wellness Guide. [Guide]
  • Brown Girl Self care. [Podcast]
  • “Hey, girl.” Alex Elle [Podcast]
  • “Holistic Black Healing Collective. [Organization]
  • “Melanin & Mental Health.” [Podcast & Website]
  • Shades of Brown Podcast: “Racism & Mental Health.” Alishia McCullough [Podcast]
  • 21-day Racial Equity Habit-building Challenge [Action-based resource list] and tool for accountability by Eddie Moore Jr. 
  • A Growing List of Resources for the Movement for Black Lives [Compilation by AIGA]
  • An Antiracist Reading List [Compilation by Ibram X. Kendi] - Ibram X. Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning, and How to be an Antiracist. 
  • Antiracism + Black Lives Matter Virtual Pop-up Library [Compilation by John F. Flaxman Library]
  • Black Lives Matter: A Living Collection of Resources [Compilation by Campus Life & Multicultural Affairs]
  • Racial Justice Resources [Compilation by the Staff Equity Teams at the Art Institute of Chicago]
  • SAIC Resource Share [Compilation]
  • Between the World and Me. Ta-Nehisi Coates [Book]
  • Citizen. An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine [Book]
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. August Channing Brown [Book]
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou [Book]