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Educating Yourself About Racial Issues Simplified: 3 Easy Resource Lists to Pull From

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While there are many resources available to learn about people of color's experiences, we hope to simplify finding that jumping-off point for the journey.


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In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, many Americans are ready to face the reality of racial injustice in our country and commit to a journey of understanding and empathy.

While you may have gracious friends willing to share their stories with you, it’s important for all of us to commit to the work of educating ourselves without putting all the responsibility on minorities. For those unsure where they can begin their learning journey, here is a list of resources to get started. 

While these suggestions barely scratch the surface of the resources available to learn about the experience of people of color, they are a great jumping-off point for a journey of understanding and empathy.

Youtube:

Videos unpacking the racial realities in our country and highlighting the importance change and empathy. 

Film: 

Documentaries and historical dramas.

  • 13th/ Ava Duvernay/ 2016 – Netlix 
  • When They See Us/ Ava Duvernay/ 2019
  • Just Mercy/ Destin Daniel Cretton/ 2019
  • Selma/ Ava Duvernay/ 2014
  • Black American Since MLK: And Still I Rise/ 2016 – PBS
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story/ 2017 – Netflix

Books: 

A mixture of powerful novels, psychological, historical, faith-based and practical works. 

  • White Fragility/ Robin J. Diangelo/ 2018 
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness/ Michelle Alexander/ 2010 
  • Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America/ Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith/ 2001
  • How to Be an Antiracist/ Ibram X. Kendi/ 2019
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings/ Maya Angelou/ 1969
  • So You Want to Talk About Race/ Ijeoma Oluo/ 2018
  • Their Eyes were watching God/ Zora Neale Hurston/ 1937
  • Invisible Man/ Ralph Ellison/ 1952
  • Just Mercy/ Bryan Stevenson/ 2014
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism/ Jemar Tisby/ 2019