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Staff Recommendations

As part of commitment to continuing education on antiracism and allyship, the staff of the Student Counseling Center wants to share with you what we have been reading, watching, and listening to.  Please consider purchasing books from a Black owned bookstore.

Dr Elizabeth Baker:  How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Kendi does an excellent job walking us through important definitions in the antiracist movement, from what it means to be an antiracist to dueling consciousness and everywhere in between. He shares that one cannot be “not racist,” but rather we are either racist or antiracist. Reflecting on the wealth of knowledge and truths Dr. Kendi lays out, I, and hopefully all readers, feel challenged and have a new and better understanding of how to actively practice being antiracist.


Dr William Hahn:  Justice Knox

“We urge those of us who are white to dare to hold the pain of our African American neighbors, colleagues, friends and loved ones in our hearts until we are changed by that pain.”

– Justice Knox Board Members, Clergy, and Friends

For the past year, I have been involved with Justice Knox, a grass roots organization where individuals come together across boundaries of race, income, and faith traditions “to listen deeply to one another and hear stories of suffering and pain in our community.” We are committed to a deliberate and enduring process of dismantling inequality and injustice in our community.


Dr Gina Austin: NYTimes article: Trying to Parent My Black Teenagers Through Protest and Pandemic

It is a moving portrait of a father’s love in turbulent times and facilitates an up close look at our own relationships.

I also encourage you to watch this 60 Minutes piece on the racial terror of lynching of Blacks. This is American history to study and know; horrifying and part of atonement process for my White ancestry. Visit the new National Memorial or Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama, through the Equal Justice Initiative. I plan to visit.


Dr Judi Gibbons:  13th (available from Netflix and YouTube )

I have watched 13th three times now.  This is not the history I was taught in school…why?  Understanding the progression of Black disenfranchisement, systematic oppression, and racism is painful but important for allies to face.


Dr Ashley J Martinez:  L.A. 92 (available to stream on Netflix & Hulu).

A documentary on the Los Angeles Race Riots in 1992 after Rodney King, a Black man, was beaten by several police officers in the street. The protesting and rioting that took place and the rhetoric surrounding that time (28 years ago!) exemplify the effects of institutional racism and White supremacy and how this is, sadly, nothing new.

Dr Maggie Klotz: Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race

As I began identifying my growth edges related to anti-racism, every time I looked at my son I couldn’t help but think about my role as a mother and my responsibility to raise a race-conscious child. The following website is a compilation of several resources that have helped me learn how to be proactive and honest in my conversations with him about race. I especially found the NPR podcast (listed first) to be helpful in laying the groundwork for this.

Elliot Devore: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. 

Michelle Alexander’s (2012) analysis of historical and contemporary white supremacist “law and order” policies that led to the mass incarceration of Black Americans is timely and illuminating in the current era of “law and order” political rhetoric deployed against the BLM movement. Jarring me awake from my ignorance and white privilege this book revealed the horrendous truths about lies I was taught to believe by white society. Knowledge of the legal and political apparatus of white supremacy is essential in the fight for racial justice in the movement for Black lives.

Michelle Proctor: Ted Talk by Ibram Kindi: The difference between being not racist and antiracist

In this talk recorded on June 9, 2020, Dr. Ibram X Kendi breaks down the difference between being not racist and antiracist. He answers questions from an online audience and “defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs.”


Ellie Tripp: black-ish (on abc and available to stream on Hulu

This sitcom follows an upper-middle class Black family living in a primarily white neighborhood. It celebrates Blackness and educates on a variety of sociopolitical issues, including racism, colorism, and police brutality to name a few. The cast and writing are fantastic, and they manage to weave humor and empathy throughout.


Madelyn Kent: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racismby Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility looks at how white society has currently constructed race and racism as an unspeakable thing and unpacks how this prevents meaningful dialogue and growth. This text is an excellent start for anybody looking to join the conversation and learn about the how, why, and impact of the ways white people have been taught to talk about race.