George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The deaths of these individuals, and many others like them, have sparked protests across the country and heightened discussions about race relations and racism in the United States. It's a topic that can be difficult for many to talk about.
As part of our Project CommUNITY initiative, we're working to bring our communities together with information and resources that can help us all have honest discussions about race and racism. Below are some links to help you learn more about the issue and steps you can take to move the conversation forward.
- America's white-dominant culture and how it affords some people advantages over others
- Being against racism vs. being antiracist
How do I talk about this?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has put together a series of easy-to-follow guides on having these difficult conversations.
They cover how to approach this topic:
- Guide for setting ground rules in conversations about racism and social justice
- The New York Times has also put together a list of books that can help start the conversation with children
- 10 powerful community-building ideas for students
- Americans: A dialogue toolkit for educators
How do I take action?
- This evolving open source guide on allyship is a good place to start.
- Another suggestion is to make more diverse friends to tackle bias.
- This toolkit offers tips on how to stand together against xenophobia.
How can I be a good listener?
Before you jump into a conversation, brush up on some active listening skills.
What history should I learn?
Education is a lifelong endeavor and no list will ever provide you a complete understanding of race relations in America. However, the following articles below provide a good start on your learning journey.
- 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America
- History, rebellion and reconciliation
- Understanding anti-black violence
- Get reintroduced to Rosa Parks
- Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.
- Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?
- Nat Turner’s bible gave the enslaved rebel the resolve to rise up
- How automobiles helped power the Civil Rights movement
- The sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter
- "Black Lives Matter: From hashtag to movement"
- The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth
Do you have a resource that can help? Share it with us here
Many of these resources come from or were curated originally by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can donate to it here.