Learn and Act: Anti-Racist Resource List

By United Way of King County, on June 5, 2020 | In News

In recent weeks, thousands of people across the United States have joined in solidarity to speak out against systemic racism and police brutality. As we grieve the recent and continued loss of Black lives, many of us have been seeking resources to learn more about how we can deepen our anti-racist work and fight for racial justice.

This list was compiled through the collaborative efforts of United Way of King County staff and is not meant to be exhaustive. We recommend sharing these resources with friends, coworkers and relatives to reflect, discuss and hold each other accountable for action and change.

1) History of Racism: This interactive site by The 1619 Project and The New York Times covers how American slavery started, influenced prejudice and has carried over to the systemic racism experienced by the Black community in all facets of life today. (Scroll through for the entire presentation) 

2) Media Acknowledgement: Trevor Noah is a public figure that has spoken out about racial division in his autobiography and on his show. He has taken to social media to address the racism and violence in our community. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to his ability to articulate the frustration felt by many and the reactive response tying all of these racial offenses together.

3) Window to Diving Deeper: Seventy-five ways and habits, practices people can implement daily to become better allies. 

4) Holding Ourselves Accountable: Personal reflection as a non-profit organization and where do we go from here to ensure change for the community we lead.

5) Non-Black POC Ally Opportunities: Addressing the history of cultural racism amongst various communities of color. How to stand together and the work non-Black POC communities can do. 

6) Netflix & Change, Hulu & History: These are a recommended list of Black stories, narratives and voices through film. Education through these artistic visual storylines and individuals in media today. 

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) (TV-MA)—Netflix, An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) (TV-MA)—Netflix, Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) (TV-MA)—Netflix, Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) (R)—Hulu, Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin; a young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) (PG-13)—Hulu, When Cinemax Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

7) Listen & Learn (podcasts): Hear the voices of activists, experts, and the Black community as they address the racism, violence and oppression.

8) Breaking Down Racism and Building up Allies on a Visual Understanding: Are articles overwhelming for a starting point to addressing racism? Well, here is an infographic to help break down all the information. 

9) It’s Beyond Beyonce: Remember when Beyonce’s Lemonade album came out? It’s time to revisit the message many have missed. Don’t be distracted by the catchy songs, learn about the intentional history behind the music and music videos. 

10) Read and Re-Educate: List of recommended literary sources: 

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by  Dr. Robin DiAngelo
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by: Richard Rothstein
  • An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi


Annie Stixrood
June 5, 2020

Please add that the film If Beale Street Could Talk is based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, one of the most accomplished Black writers of our time.

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