Anti-Racism Resources

SALS Social Justice Statement

As the nation reflects on its history of violence and injustice towards minorities, it is imperative that individuals and organizations speak out and take action.

The Southern Adirondack Library System is committed to addressing and dismantling ingrained racism. As trusted community institutions, public libraries must work for the public good by ensuring equitable, diverse, and inclusive libraries that are robust, brave spaces for difficult conversations. We will routinely review policies, procedures, and structures for bias and will collaborate with our libraries and communities to do the same.

We will identify and share resources that reflect diverse experiences and impact the lives of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color.

Finally, we will be accountable for our actions and our work going forward.

June 8, 2020

Resources:



For Kids:


Children’s Literature

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Visit our ebook collection for more diverse voices for kids

Websites

“Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages” Padlet
This compilation of anti-racism resources is put together by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina.

Embrace Race: Where to find “Diverse” Books for Children
A compilation of useful websites, children’s book sites, and blogs to help you diversify your reading collection for you and your child. Consider their 8 Tips for choosing ‘Good’ Picture Books featuring diverse, BIPOC characters.

How White Parents Can Talk to their Kids About Race
The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race. Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered, spoke with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids
This document was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. Includes interviews, other resource lists, and articles to help in guiding youth to better understand racism.

Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families
The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students during this difficult time, even at a distance.

Teaching Your Child About Black History Month (PBS)
In an article for PBS, children’s book author Cheryl Willis Hudson offers these suggestions to help you connect your kids with Black history. PBS Learning Media has a great lineup of short history lessons featuring former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, scholar Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, and others.

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
So you’ve realized your kids aren’t too young to talk about race, so now what? Pretty Good has rounded up some resources for you to start. Pretty Good’s purpose is to make good information easier to understand and share on social media.

Zinn Education Project – Explore by Theme
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Their website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level.

Podcasts

8 Podcasts That Help You Talk To Kids About Race
Plus, 10 racially diverse podcasts your kids will enjoy.

Fare of the Free Child Podcast
Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt
In this special pandemic-related podcast, Cindy Wang Brandt discusses various parenting lessons learned so far, including the importance of teaching children empathy.

Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey
What is a healthy racial identity for a White person, and how do we help our White children develop one?  In this “Integrated Schools Podcast” episode, Dr. Jennifer Harvey discusses her book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, as well her personal journey towards anti-racist organizing, educating, and child rearing.

Articles


For Teens:


Young Adult Literature

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Visit our eBook collection for more diverse voices for Teens

Websites

A Guide to Culturally Conscious Identifiers and Emojis
This article helps clear up some important differences in vocabulary when discussing diversity and race. Learn about the differences between POC, BIPOC, and BAME, Arab vs. Arabian vs. Middle East, and more.

“Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages” Padlet
This compilation of anti-racism resources is put together by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina.

Issuelab: Race & Policing
This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue of race and policing, but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.

Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism
This is a great article written for Educators, but it can also be useful for teens who want to take action in their own social circles and learning communities. Share this with your teachers and classmates.

Racial Equity Tools: Glossary
Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. Reference this glossary for important definitions of vocabulary related to racism, equity, and social justice.

Research Databases
Access any of our research databases with your library card. Useful databases for research on racism & social justice include African-American History Online and Points of View Reference Center.

Zinn Education Project – Explore by Theme
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Their website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level.

On the Web

Brave New Films: Racism is Real
This YouTube video provides some shocking facts on various disparities between between black and white people.

New York Times: A Conversation on Race (Short Films)
A series of short films about identity in America. To access the New York Times for free from home, click HERE to redeem the code provided. You will have access for 3 days. When redeeming your code, you may create new account or use an existing account, as this process can be repeated every time your 3 days expires.

Racial & Social Justice Podcasts For Teens
The following is a list of current podcasts, podcasts that have teen appeal, that we can all be listening to that explore racial and social justice in the United States, and especially during a time where politics are front and center.

TED Talks about Racism
Provide yourself some food for thought with any of these thought-provoking TED Talks about racism and social justice.


For Adults:


Literature

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Documentaries, Films, and Series

Websites

The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. To access the New York Times for free from home, click HERE to redeem the code provided. You will have access for 3 days. When redeeming your code, you may create new account or use an existing account, as this process can be repeated every time your 3 days expires.

“Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages” Padlet
This compilation of anti-racism resources is put together by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina.

Campaign Zero
We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people
by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

Issuelab: Race & Policing
This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue of race and policing, but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.

NAACP: Criminal Justice Fact Sheet
Includes information about trends and disparities in incarceration, drug sentencing, and effects of incarceration.

Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Talking About Race
From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. Find tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.

Podcasts

1619
Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. “1619,” a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment.

About Race
From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.

Code Switch
Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity. Our work appears on-air and online, across NPR’s shows, and on the weekly Code Switch podcast.

The History of American Slavery 
With the help of acclaimed historians and writers, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the history of American slavery and examine how the institution came to shape our country’s politics, economy, and culture.

Intersectionality Matters!
Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.

Pod for the Cause
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched “Pod for the Cause” to expand the conversation on the critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights.

Pod Save the People
On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.

Seeing White
Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Organizations to follow on social media: