Key Concepts and History
To start, it is important to understand some key concepts. Privilege is the inherent advantage you have in society based on your race. Intersectionality, created by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Black feminism, developed by Black women scholars, are two key frameworks that should be used to understand the intersection of different types of oppression. It is also crucial to learn African-American history. Many of us were not taught this history in school, and we need to take it upon ourselves now. Please refer to the following resources to learn more.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- The Urgency of Intersectionality, a Ted Talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Intersectionality Matters, a podcast by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- The Combahee River Collective Statement, a 1977 statement by Black Feminists
- Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History, a complete curriculum on African-American history developed for teachers
Reading Work By Black Feminists
It is important to read work by Black feminist scholars. Two scholars to start with are Angela Davis and Audre Lorde. Dozens of other texts are available in this shared Google Drive folder. (The featured image for this post is of Angela Davis, still alive today.)
- Lectures on Liberation by Angela Davis
- Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role by Angela Davis
- Strange Fruit by Angela Davis
- I Am Your Sister by Audre Lorde
- The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde
- Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference by Audre Lorde
- Man Child: A Black Lesbian Feminist’s Response by Audre Lorde
- Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power by Audre Lorde
- The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action by Audre Lorde
- Poetry is Not a Luxury by Audre Lorde
Understanding the Movement Today
Read about the queer roots of the Black Lives Matter movement in this article by David B. Green.
Support your local bookstores, many of which are struggling due to the pandemic. These are crucial reads for non-Black folks.
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The End of Policing by Angela Davis
- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Alex Vitale
Support these Black-owned bookstores:
- Brave and Kind Books (Decatur, GA)
- Semicolon (Chicago, IL)
- Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN)
- Afriware Books (Maywood, IL)
- Detroit Book City (Detroit, MI)
- Mahogany Books (Washington, DC)
- Uncle Bobbie’s (Philadelphia, PA)
- Hakim’s Bookshop (Philadelphia, PA)
- Harriett’s Bookshop (Philadelphia, PA)
- Ashay By the Bay (Bay Area, CA)
- Eso Won Books (Los Angeles, CA)
- The Lit Bar (Bronx, NY)
- Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn, NY)
- Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury, MA)
For Non-Black Activists
White and non-Black activists can either utilize their privilege wisely, or they may actually become an extra burden on Black activists. It is important that we constantly check ourselves.
- Racism, whiteness and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States by Paul Gorski and Noura Erakat
COVID-19 and Racism
Learn about how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Black folks and people of color.
Resources for raising anti-racist children.
- Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
- Fare of the Free Child Podcast
- PBS: Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- The Conscious Kid
I will continue to add to this list. Please send me any additional resources you think I should include through my “Contact” form.
Featured image of Angela Davis is not mine.