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Social Visibility Collective Resource List
Curated by : Symone Holliday
Original Contributors: Malcolm Reynolds, Indigo Sparks, Shauna King, jags, Breyanna Maples, Kelly Turner, Alexis Amundarain, Rotita Dupree, Thom White, Imani Michael, Mac Boucher, Damontae Hack, Antonio Boone
Welcome to the Social Visibility Collective, this is a comprehensive list of resources created for those who would like to expand their allyship and knowledge in race based discrimination and social injustices (hopefully everyone).
The resources are organized by four major categories: Evidence, Perspective, Action, and People to Follow. And within each category, it is subdivided by forms of media including: TV/Film, Videos, Articles, Podcasts, Books, and Art to appeal to however you like to consume information….
Dismantling the habits of your mind is hard and will take time.
It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.
A comprehensive glossary of words and terms that are commonly used within the conversations of Social Justice to familiarize yourself with. If there is a word/phrase that you see or hear in the resources that isn’t listed, please look it up.
- Lewis and Clark College: An extensive glossary – ABC’s of Social Justice
- Vocab List: Shorter, but still effective glossary – Terms of Oppression
Anti- Racist Introduction Resources:
- Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story | Robin DiAngelo | Big Think
- What’s My Complicity? Talking I White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo
- White Privilege: Racial Equity Tools – Peggy McIntosh
- Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea | Official Trailer | Netflix (Trailer) (Also controversial, goes over basis)
“Why ‘I’m not racist’ is only half the story | Robin DiAngelo” Big Think
Do you think you have unconscious racial bias that could be worked on? Do you find yourself getting defensive when someone brings up the topic of race? Why is this uncomfortable for you?
How do you benefit from a system of racism? (dig deep here, I promise you it does). How did your upbringing/ swimming in racist waters inevitably shape your world view?
Read this quote aloud 3 times: “As a result of being raised as a White person in this society I have a racist world view, I have deep racist biases, I have developed racist patterns, and I have investments in the system of racism because it served me really well. I have an investment in not seeing any of that for what it would suggest to me about my identity, and what it would require of me.”
How does White Fragility function in society? Is this a positive function?
How do statements such as “I see all people equally” essentially function to protect the current social hierarchy?
“What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo” Teaching Tolerance
What are the social rewards for not challenging racism?
Where in your life do you consciously or unconsciously maintain “White comfort”?
How are you changing your idea of what it means to be racist? (“as long as you define a racist as an individual who intentionally is mean, based on race, you’re going to feel defensive”)
Do you understand that you do not need to intentionally harm people to define a racist?
What are you going to do to actively break down the biases that you carry having been conditioned by a racist society?
How many of your teachers or professors were White? How many were Black or Brown?
Do you understand what the school-to-prison pipeline is?
How can you actively approach every racial conversation as a learning opportunity?
“White Privilege- Racial Equity Tools” Peggy McIntosh (Article)
Do you agree with the idea of men “giving up power” in order to stop putting women at a disadvantage? Do you agree with the idea of Whites “giving up power” in order to stop putting Black and brown people at a disadvantage?
Do you recognize the privilege of being White? What items are in your invisible knapsack that your Brown and Black friends don’t have?
Do you still hold the belief that there is equal opportunity for all people because this is America?
What conditions of daily experience do you take advantage of as a White person?
Are you distressed or outraged by the unearned race advantage and rewards that ultimately put Black and Brown people at a disadvantage?
How can you acknowledge the unseen dimensions of racism in order to redesign social systems in your everyday life?
How can you raise your daily consciousness on the advantages of being a White person and what will you do with that knowledge?
Will you choose to use your unearned advantages to reconstruct the power systems that give it to you in the name of social justice for Black and Brown people?
“Hello Privilege, it’s Me Chelsea” Chelsea Handler, Netflix (Doc. Film)
How can you be a better white ally to people of color?
How are you learning about yourself and your White privilege?
As a White person, are you advocating for Black people?
Do you understand the frustration and hurt that comes when asking Black and Brown people to “do the work” of deconstructing our White privilege?
Are you advocating in all spaces? Are you showing up for racial justice at your job, in your home, with your White friends without Black people in the room?
What are some ways Structural racism can be dealt with?
A list frequently mentioned by sources. These sources will also be repeated throughout the list in their appropriate categories.
The following links present factual data of institutions that have cultivated and strengthened the systemic racial divide in the US. Backed by the legislative actions of the government, a variety of institutions (prison, education, economy & more) are organized as impenetrable structures that intentionally oppress and disadvantage individuals in Black communities.
- 13TH | official trailer (2016) Netflix
- Stranger Fruit – Trailer
- OJ: Made in America (Trailer)
- Free Meek – Official Trailer | Prime Video
- Explained | Racial Wealth Gap | FULL EPISODE | Netflix
- Who Killed Malcolm X (Trailer) Netflix
- “Schools & Social Inequality: Crash Course Sociology
- How restrictive voting requirements target minorities
- “Why Cities Are Still So Segregated|Let’s Talk “
- How Covid-19 exacerbated America’s racial health disparities
- Mapping Police Violence
- 1.5 Million Missing Black Men
- Emmett Till is murdered – HISTORY
- The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap
- To Make Police Accountable, End Qualified Immunity
- “The New Jim Crow” – Author Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture 2013
- (PDF) The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination | Richard Kahn
The following links provide a preliminary insight on how institutional oppression, blatant racism, and microaggressions affect Black individuals. Through Blackness, in addition to other identities (women, queer, millennial), the sources illustrate how Blackness is not just a color of skin, but a permanent marking deemed as “other” or “lesser than” perpetuated by society.
- I Am Not Your Negro – Official Trailer
- THE WATERMELON WOMAN – Cheryl Explains it All Trailer
- When They See Us | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
- Moonlight | Official Trailer HD | A24
- How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
- Talks to help you understand racism in America
- THE GRAPEVINE | Season 3 | Ep 3 The Millennial Response to Charlottesville Part 1 (A channel covering subjects from politics to pop culture . Reflects the complexity of these conversations)
- Resistance While Black, Queer, and Trans | The Library | them.
- Belly Hooks: This Ain’t No Pussy Shit
- Smooth, angry, cool, powerful: how we talk about blackness
- When Black Women Go From Office Pet to Office Threat
- “In the End, the NFL Proved Colin Kaepernick Right”
- “All About Love: New Visions” Bell Hooks (PDF)
- “We Be Real Cool Black Men And Masculinity” Bell Hooks (PDF)
- Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad feminist | TED Talk (Book Discussion Vid)
- “Between the World and Me” Ta-Nehisi Coates (PDF)
- The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (PDF)
- How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi (Book Discussion Vid)
- “The Fire Next Time” James Baldwin (PDF)
- Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
- Lorraine O’Grady | Art Is. . . (Framing Cop) (1983/2009)
- OUR WORK | 56blackmen – Cepha Williams
When navigating through non-profit organizations we highly recommend reading their mission statements and familiarizing yourself with the website. Many of these websites share multiple ways to “act”, whether that means donating, attending programs or rallies, or a step by step guide to contacting your state’s representative. These websites also have social media platforms, so don’t hesitate to follow them to continue receiving up to date information.
This information may get overwhelming, but please remember that being inactive is actively choosing to be a part of the problem.
Organizations Advocating for Black Bodies:
- There are also BLM chapters in major cities that inform you on how you can get involved on a local level. Chapters
- About Us | Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization
- NAACP | We Are Done Dying
Organizations Advocating for Black Bodies with Specific Causes:
- Bail Funds & Legal Help by City
- Black Alliance for Just Immigration: BAJI
Uniting Black Americans and Black immigrants in fighting racial injustice towards black communities.
- BLACKOUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – Blackout Home
Artists, film makers, musicians, and activists, addressing human rights violations
- Black Liberation Collective
Black students dedicated to transforming higher education into a safer space for black communities.
- Center for Black Equity – Home
Achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBTQ+ communities
- Fair Fight Stacey Abrams
Fighting efforts of discourage and disenfranchise voters
- Freedom Fund: Home
Global movement to end modern day slavery
- INCITE! |
Feminists of color who work to end community and state violence
- The International Association of Blacks in Dance
Opportunities in (education, advocacy, grants, etc.) for Black dancers
- National Bail Out – #FreeBlackMamas
Ending pretrial detention and mass incarceration in Black communities
- Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)
Ending White supremacy and working toward racial injustice
Register to VOTE
Get involved at a local, state, and national level. Figure out what policies are important to you and keep your candidate ACCOUNTABLE!
- 2020 Political Quiz
What policies are important to you? Boom, take the quiz to find out & THEN CONTINUE TO RESEARCH.
- State Politics
Learn about your State’s and City’s politics (leadership & policies your state represents)
- 5 Ways to Hold Political Representatives Accountable
People to Follow
- Black Lives Matter (@blklivesmatter) • Instagram photos and videos
- Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter)
- The Conscious Kid (@theconsciouskid) • Instagram photos and videos
- AS (@amandlastenberg)
- The Action PAC (@theactionpac)
- The Action PAC (@TheActionPAC)
- LAYLA THEE ANCESTRESS (@laylafsaad) • Instagram photos and videos
- ART HOE COLLECTIVE (@arthoecollective)
- Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (@rachel.cargle) • Instagram photos and videos
- Rachel Cargle
- ᴀᴍᴀɴᴅᴀ / ᴍᴀɴᴅʏ (@idealblackfemale) • Instagram photos and videos
- Grassroots Law Project (@grassrootslaw) • Instagram photos and videos
- Grassroots Law Project (@grassroots_law)
- White Nonsense Roundup (@whitenonsenseroundup) • Instagram photos and videos
- White Nonsense Roundup
“To Whom It May Concern,
I think it’s important for white people to know in their journey to waking up that there is no amount of money that can adequately repay all the debts and relieve the depths of those oppressed. There will never be too many donations one can make, there’s no paid in full. I encourage you to understand the mission statements of organizations such as Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and the National Action Network to educate oneself with acquired resources. All of these accessible sites have donation buttons, but to be educated is to take it seriously and respond responsibly while moving forward with knowledge that is mindfully anti racist, queer affirming, and proto- feminist (while we’re at it). Support the black businesses, although we can argue the capitalist practice is still embedded in such things, as long as money is what we feign. That is the real work, it’s in the quotidian. We’re creatures of habit. How we speak, how we think, how we move is a reflection of the patterns that are woven into our being. We were given this world, we didn’t make it, but we continue to create it and it’s jaded. To be educated is to take responsibility for the space you take, the patterns you make and impress into the world. Worlding, world-making is a practice who’s maintenance is never fully unfurled. It’s really up to you how you participate as long as you concentrate on the qualities inside of you – instead of waiting for someone to tell you exactly what to do, you’ll know what to do at the fence of defense for someone whose life matters too.”