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Anti-Racism Resources

A list of books on various topics including anti-racism, unconscious bias, social equality, and equal justice

Healing and Action

Becoming A White Antiracist: A Practical Guide for Educators, Leaders, and Activists by Stephen D. Brookfield and Mary E. Hess (Stylus Publishing Company, 2021)

This book serves as a guide for white people on how they can become allies by recognizing and analyzing the impact of their white racial identity. It offers a road map for developing a positive white identity through antiracist practices.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown, editors (Penguin Random House, 2021)

This book is a collection of essays on the black experience with vulnerability and shame resilience. The authors’ purpose is to help others process the traumas of white supremacy and affirm black life. (EBSCOhost)

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell (Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2020) 

Although geared toward young adults, the book offers a journey to anyone who is willing to do deep, introspective work about living in a racist world. It also serves as a guidebook for taking anti-racism actions. (LexisNexis Digital Library) Access Limited to USC Law users.

Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, 2020)

This paperback journal is intended to prompt deep self-reflection on one’s journey to promote antiracism beliefs and actions. 

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King (Sounds True, 2018)

The author, a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, invites people to look within themselves to recognize racist tendencies. She introduces meditative lessons such as mindful tools to understand and engage in racial tension or exploring the dynamics of oppression. (LexisNexis Digital Library) Access Limited to USC Law users.

The Inner Work of Racial Justice:  Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda Magee (Tarcherperigee, 2019) 

Law professor and mindfulness practitioner, the author demonstrates how racial justice work begins from within ourselves. She provides examples of being less reactive to injustice and chose how one responds by recognizing unconscious bias. (EBSCOhost) Access Limited to USC Law users.

Humanity Over Comfort: How to Confront Systemic Racism Head On by Sharon Brinkley Parker et al. (Sage Publications, 2021)

The all-female educator authors provide expert tools on how to promote real transformational changes by cultivating feelings and awareness of the effects of racism. Several tools are suggested and explained, including the Conscious Anti-Racist Engendering Framework (CARE).

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese A. Singh (New Harbinger Publications, 2019) 

With a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, the author provides practical tools to manage trauma from experiencing racism, and the accompanying feelings of stress, anxiety, guilt, and shame. (LexisNexis Digital Library) Access Limited to USC Law users.