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equity resources on "race"

[continually updated - most recently on 27 June 2014]


There are two quotes that affirm the power of dialog (the first step to healing the -isms of anything):

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist," and, "It's impossible to hate someone who's story you know."

Awareness is a gift that continually gives. The potential of its positive effects continues to amaze me. When we are aware that we are a planet of stories - and there are at least 7 billion of them - we can begin to empathetically lean in to understanding how we can be in deep service to each other in an enlightened way.

What's your story? And how has your own story shaped the world you/we live in? What story do you tell yourself? Your children? Your friends? Strangers?

As we work toward being well-rounded and well-adjusted social, practical, mental and spiritual healers - across all vocations, disciplines, professions and career paths - we're called to learn many languages of life, those we are born into and those of others - many of whom cross our paths seeking or bringing healing. As we become responsible and accountable human beings - to ourselves and to each other - so widens the circle of love, support, and peace.

In order to move through and beyond the misinformation and malpractice of racism (i.e. racialization), we must first understand what it is and how it functions (yet doesn't work, even for those who might materially benefit). Racism kills the spirit; it eats away at life. Period.

Listed below are some resources and tools to foster our conversations about "race". Notice "race" is in quotes because, while "races" of people is a socially constructed biological myth (e.g. different human races do not exist), the effects of this construct ("race"-ism) are very real, in the sense that entire societies are built on "race"-ist systems and structures, creating a host of intersected '-isms' (class, gender, ability, age, etc.). The only [biological] 'race' that exists is the human 'race' or 'species'. Dictionaries might state otherwise. Their authors, too, are recipients of evolution and awareness, albeit at a snail's pace...

More specifically, "race" refers to phenotypical and physiological "identifiable" "markers" used to single out or discriminate against a person or people. In light (no pun intended) of this, 'colorism' and 'pigmentism' stand to be more accurate terms. Even 'racialization' serves as a more accurate term to describe 'race' being put onto people and situations. The term "race" is so mis-used and is a constant source of confusion in terms of ethnic, cultural, and national affiliation and identification. Clarity arises, then, when we can see the structural, institutional, and personal effects of colorism and phenotype-ism. That they exist cannot be denied. Our charge is to understand how those -isms came to be so that we can then stop that -ism bus and create a vibrant world where compassion, empathay, understanding, trust, and love are our guiding principles.

Resources on this page include a variety of media/genres to encourage personal knowledge expansion, which often leads to heart and love expansion - one conversation at a time.

Please forward widely and feel welcome to add your suggestions, and, thank you for visiting!

In service to truth, justice, liberation, and love,
Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo

***indicates a place to start if you're new to the conversation.


beverly naidus - arts for change
racism & cultural identity

carrie mae weems

climbing poeTree

fanshen cox DiGiovanni - mixed roots stories

favianna rodriguez

"Haribo told to stop selling 'racist' sweets which 'depict primitive African, Asian or Native American art' by customers in Scandinavia"

marc bamuthi joseph

only skin deep: changing visions of the american self (photography)

playback theater is "...a form of personal improvisational theatre, valuing story, ritual, and community" and
can be used to address various forms of oppression

"The 'racist chair' is not shocking but a cruel reminder of the art world's views"

theaster gates

tim stensland - "Katrina" series


Center for Justice and Peacebuilding @ Eastern Mennonite University

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training (formerly Crossroads Ministry)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

United Church of Christ - Racial Justice Resources

United Methodist Women in Action


1ne Drop

"11 Facts About Environmental Racism"

Blogs by Canadians of Colour and Racialized Canadians

Change From Within


The Color of Food

Coming To The Table - provides leadership, resources and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

Communities of Color Coalition of Everett, WA (C3)

Cross Cultural Connections***

Derald Wing Sue Looks at Racism in America

EdChange - Critical Multicultural Pavillion

Heidi W. Durrow - The Mixed Experience

"How to Raise Racist Kids" by Jonathan Liu

"I'm her mom, not the nanny!" by Rose Arce

"Life at the Intersectionality of Race, Class and Gender"

On 'microaggressions' - This blog seeks to provide a visual representation of the everyday of “microaggressions.”

RACE: Are We So Different? - A project of the American Anthropological Association
Listen to some responses here on KSER's Color Commentary:
Dr. Ann Holmes Redding:
Elly Hale & Laura Bowers Foreman:

The Race Card Project*** (beautiful interview w/project director Michele Norris)

Racialicious - The Intersection of Race & Pop Culture

Ron Takaki – A Different Mirror (chapter 1 here; the entire book is fantastic)

Stuff White People Like*** (without humor, we wither away)

Tim Wise - "This is Your Nation on White Privilege" (updated)

Undoing Racism: The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

W. Kamau Bell (humor heals!)

Where White Privilege Came From***

"White people think that people of colour have more culture."

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack***

Whiteness & Racism: Colorblindness


Anchor confuses Samuel L. Jackson and Laurence Fishburne

Bonnie Duran - "Dukkha: Focus On People Of Color"
This talk is about Dukkha and the end of Dukkha. It address colonization and racism as types
of Dukkha experienced by POC

The Color of Fear; Last Chance for Eden; On Stolen Ground
all directed by Lee Mun-Wah

In Conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry and Michaela angela Davis

Cracking the Codes: A System of Inequity by Dr. Shakti Butler***
Listen to why this film is important here:

Crash - directed by Paul Haggis

"Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege" by Michael Benitez, Jr.

Cultural Criticism and Transformation with bell hooks (also available on DVD)
Part 1 (of 8):

Cultural Humility by Vivian Chavez

Fruitvale Station

How Internalized Oppression Works (against): Lupita Nyong’o's Inspirational Speech About Beauty

"How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist" by Jay Smooth

Indian Country Today Media Network

Last Real Indian

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible***
directed by Dr. Shakti Butler

Native Voice One
Indigenous Radio News & Public Affairs

Neil Degrasse Tyson on Intersectionality

Race: The Power of An Illusion

Radio in Black and White
RIP Rick Wilson (March 5, 2014)

Radio Lab - "Race"
Traces of the Trade by Katrina Browne

Two Rivers,
by Rodney Mitchell (Director) and Diana Rico (Co-Author)

Vision Test by Wes Kim

The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness
Documentary on the abuses of the Indian Boarding Schools. Discusses the intergenerational trauma in native communities.
Email for free DVD, include mailing address.

World Trust - Social Impact Through Film & Dialogue


1ne Drop

All About Love by bell hooks

The Anti-Racist Cookbook: A Recipe Guide for Conversations About Race That Goes Beyond Covered Dishes and “Kum-Bah-Ya” by Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers***

Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing by Aeeshah Ababio-Clottey & Kokomon Clottey***

Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton***

Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
(2nd edition, 2012)

Dharma, Color and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism

Gather at the Table by Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan

The Great White Elephant: A Workbook on Racial Privilege For White Anti-Racists***
by Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers

The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege by Robert Jensen***
" . . . a good beginning primer by a white person about confronting racism within and without. . . " - Amanda Davidson -- Modern Times Bookstore Newsletter, San Francisco, January 2006
(listen to an interview w/Robert Jensen):

Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks

Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-2000 by Peter Nabokov

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America by Damali Ayo

The Only Black Student by Lull Mengesha***

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (30th Anniversary Edition)

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy

Power, Privilege, and Difference by Allan Johnson***

Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke

Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives by Kaolin***

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel***

“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race***
by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.



Build Your Own Resource Guide!

Critical Mixed Race Studies

Facing Race

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Mixed Race Studies

NAME - National Association for Multicultural Education

National Center for Race Amity

NCORE - National Conference for Race and Ethnicity

Project Implicit - check where you might have implicit bias!

Race Forward - Racial Justice Through Media, Research, and Activism (formerly Applied Research Center)

Race and Pedagogy National Conference

Racial Equity Tools

WPC - White Privilege Conference



msbriceno's picture

This is fantasitic

I am leader of the Diversity Inclusion group of my organization and this sounds really fantastic. Thank you so much!


Melissa Stevens-Briceño- Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

bd's picture


Hola, Melissa!

Thank you for checking it out! I love to share resources - there's so much info out there for healing!

I like poetry, too. Have you watched Mirrors of Privilege? I love how the documentary is infused with poetry, dance, and performance art, all while talking about issues of substance.

Let me know if you want to share some of your experiences about the Diversity Inclusion group. I also have some materials that help assess how multicultural an organization is. I'll dig that one up....

I'm so happy we connected!


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