Antiracism Resources

ENDING RACISM IS A PROCESS.  It requires societal change AND individual change. 

Stage One — Awareness & Intentionality 

Stage One of the process of becoming antiracist is when you become aware that a racial injustice exists. However, antiracism awareness is much more than just being of present mind that white supremacy is a problem within a particular area of our society. It’s about also recognizing that you have a unique role to play in the efforts to stop the continuation of that system. It serves as a catalyst that propels you into action in the fight to dismantle white supremacy. Actions that have to be taken with intention and proper focus if they are to contribute to the end goal of antiracism.

Resources that maybe helpful in this Stage


thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

  • Just Mercy in June is free through a variety of digital movie services in the US, including Apple TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Microsoft, and YouTube 

A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a black man sentenced to death despite his innocence.


  • Be the Bridge 101:  Foundational Principles Every White Bridge-Builder Needs to Understand.  A resource to break down the basic tenets and history of whiteness:  White Supremacy, White Fragility, White Identity, White Privilege. 
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

Contains two essays. The first essay, written in the form of a letter to Baldwin's 14-year-old nephew, discusses the central role of race in American history. The second essay deals with the relations between race and religion, focusing in particular on Baldwin's experiences with the Christian church as a youth, as well as the Islamic ideas of others in Harlem.

  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward 

An anthology of 18 writers contributing essays and poetry to three movements entitled "Legacy", "Reckoning" and "Jubilee".[3] NYTimes reviews that it deals with everything from the Charleston church shooting to OutKast’s influence to Rachel Dolezal’s chicanery, all through a black lens that is still too rare in literature and elsewhere. The pain of black life (and death) often inspires flowery verse, but every poem and essay in Ward’s volume remains grounded in a harsh reality that our nation, at large, refuses fully to confront. In the spirit of Baldwin’s centering of black experiences, they force everyone to see things our way." 

  • I’m Still Here:  Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 

From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.

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

A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. 

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Exploration of the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide

  • *** Highly Recommended*** I’m Still Here:  Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all


  • White Lies by NPR 

An Investigative podcast series. In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past

  • The 1619 Project by the New York Times 

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.

  • Uncivil by Gimlet Media 

A new history podcast that ransacks the official version of the Civil War, and takes on the history you grew up with. It brings you untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And connects these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.

  • Pass the Mic by The Witness Podcast Radio 

A premier podcast of The Witness – A Black Christian Collective. Tune in every week for engaging discussions and high-profile interviews addressing the core concerns of African Americans biblically. 

  • ***Highly Recommended***Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work is critical to changing our world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative. She is a writer, a speaker, and a media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. In this episode, we connect on her book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and talk about her online television show, The Next Question.

Stage Two — Self-Interrogation

The Analysis. In this stage, you start to ask yourself the hard questions that start the process of you identifying, unpacking, and dismantling the ways in which your past and present behaviors are perpetuating white supremacy in the same ways that relate to what you’ve seen manifested during the education stage of becoming antiracist. You do the work laid out in this stage because there is no way for you to stop engaging in these behaviors without identifying them within your personal patterns of behavior in the first place. And there is no way for you to actually enter into the community action stage without potentially causing great harm to Black, Indigenous, and People Color with your continued perpetuation of white supremacy due to your unchanged behaviors.

Resources that maybe helpful in this Stage


  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 

Explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

  • How to be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi 

A concept of antiracism that reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America while pointing us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

  • Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude Steel 

Offering insight into how we form our senses of identity through sterotyping while laying out a plan for mitigating the negative effects of “stereotype threat” and reshaping American identities.

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria:  And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Tatum 

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

  • Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Loge 

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today

  • Whiteness Intensive Course.  16-pre-recorded sessions with discussion topics for small group working through history, white supremacy, white fragility, white culture, privilege, parenting, tips for bridge-builders 
  • 16 tips for White Bridge Builders  



  • Seeing White by Scene on Radio 

Confronts the deep-rooted causes of white supremacy rather than looking solely at the symptoms. Specifically, its focus on whiteness — how it began and how it has shaped the majority of American institutions.  Study guide available

Stage Three – Community Action 

The Conclusion. The Community Action stage of becoming antiracist is where you take what you’ve learned about yourself and put it out into the world in an attempt to lead others into this work by example and where you begin taking part in restorative efforts that perpetuate a system of racial equality. The stage is the most anticipated stage of the process. People of action like to act. It’s understandable. Unfortunately, this stage is also the one where you can cause the most amount of harm if you’ve attempted to bypassing thoroughly engaging with the previous three steps before entering it.

Resources that maybe helpful in this Stage



  • DART (Direct Action and Research Training Center) is a national network of 23 affiliated grassroots, nonprofit, congregation-based community organizations bringing people together across racial, religious and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice in their communities.. Hillsborough’s local group is HOPE at Pinellas’ local group is FAST at   
  • Racial Equity Tools at  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. 
  • #8cannotwait.  A call for immediate change in police agencies. 


Additional Resources

Small Groups (Churches/small groups might explore this through the summer)

  • How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice by Jemar Tisby - 10 session study.

    "Racism is pervasive in today's world, and many are complicit in the failure to confront its evils. Jemar Tisby, author of the award-winning The Color of Compromise, believes we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping people with the practical tools to fight against it.

    How to Fight Racism is a handbook for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. Tisby offers an array of actionable items to confront racism in our relationships and in everyday life through a simple framework — the A.R.C. Of Racial Justice — that helps readers consistently interrogate their own actions and maintain a consistent posture of anti-racist action. This book is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it.

    Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as we embrace the implications of what Jesus taught his followers. Beginning in the church, he provides an opportunity to be part of the solution and suggests that the application of these principles can offer us hope that will transform our nation and the world. Tisby encourages us to reject passivity and become active participants in the struggle for human dignity across racial and ethnic lines. Readers of the book will come away with a clear model for how to think about race in productive ways and a compelling call to dismantle a social hierarchy long stratified by skin color."

Individuals or Teams

Video Interview

Book for personal growth or study

  • I’m Black, I’m Christian and I’m a Methodist - edited by Rudy Rasmus

    It’s uncertain that Howard Thurman made the remark often attributed to him, “I have been writing this book all my life,” but there is little doubt that he was deeply immersed in reflection on the times that bear an uncanny resemblance to the present day, which give voice to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Our “life’s book” is filled with sentence upon sentence of marginalization, pages of apartheid, chapters of separate and unequal. Now this season reveals volumes of violence against Blacks in America.

    Ten Black women and men explore life through the lens of compelling personal religious narratives. They are people and leaders whose lives are tangible demonstrations of the power of a divine purpose and evidence of what grace really means in face of hardship, disappointment, and determination. Each of the journeys intersect because of three central elements that are the focus of this book. We’re Black. We’re Christians. We’re Methodists.  Each starts with the fact, “I'm Black,” but to resolve the conflict of being Christian and Methodist means confronting aspects of White theology, White supremacy, and White racism in order to ground an oppositional experience toward domination over four centuries in America.

For Children or Youth

  • Say Her Name: Poems to Empower (Ages 12+) by Zetta Elliott
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses (Ages 5-8) by Angela Johnson 
  • IntersectionAllies (Ages 6-12) by Chelsea Johnson
  • God Made You To Be You (Ages 2-6) by Jamie Ivey and Tama Fortner
  • The Hate You Give (Teen/Young Adult) by Angie Thomas