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Syllabus for White People

This list was pulled from Google Docs. It had to be scrubbed of CSS and other ugly formatting to be usable here, which inadvertently removed some useful formatting. URLs were manually cleaned, so may have been broken. As we elaborate this list, it can be improved to expand from the liberal/reformist, USA, post-election focus.

Disclaimer: this is long! You won’t read it in a day, but if you commit to reading consistently, you will make your way through it!

Note: Many of these sources are not from traditional news media outlets. This is intentional, as those outlets often times only feature the most heard voices and partially got us into this mess in the first place. In an effort to unlearn systemic racism and understand how we ourselves are complicit, we have chosen a variety of forms of content on top of traditional news articles, including blog posts, scholarly articles, fiction books, movies. We have organized the material thematically and chronologically, so if you are overwhelmed with the length of the document, pick a couple from each section and then move on. I ask you to read through this syllabus with an open mind and heart. If you have any thoughts on additional materials or just in general, please use the comment feature! Thanks.

Radical Reading
Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

General Knowledge (CW: Liberal)
Debunking the Progress NarrativeAmerica will never be ‘Post RacialThe Case for ReparationsHistory white people need to learn yThe Uses of Anger: Women Responding to RacismWhite PrivilegeThe White Racial FrameIntentions Don’t Really MatterThe Privilege of PolitenessObjectivity Can Be OppressiveEnough with the White Male Rage NarrativeHere Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist

A history of #BlackLivesMatter
A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter movement 5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor) Black Lives Matter syllabusDonald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogueDonald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there5 reasons Trump will win

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016Republicans and the White Working ClassDemocrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of BrexitThe Smug Style in American Liberalism 2 charts explaining how racism elected Trump The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states MOURNING FOR WHITENESS - Toni Morrison (New Yorker)

Action
A list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigot organizations to donate to How to be an anti-racist ally Shaun King’s 25 part plan to reducing police brutality in America Bystander's guide to standing up to harassment “Anti-Muslim hate will increase. Here is how to not be a bystander.” How to Financially Protest DT How to Protest Islamophobia What can Democrats do, if anything, stop DT’s disastrous climate plans? Black Lives Matter Platform The DJT Resistance Volunteer for the ACLU Call your representatives and demand they stand up to DT! Resources for non-Black Asians on Anti-Blackness

Longer form: Non-fiction books
The New Jim Crow

For a nuanced counterargument to some of Alexander’s thesis, read “The Truth About Our Prison Crisis A People’s History of the United States Racism Without Racists At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance Punished When Affirmative Action Was White What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America Haymarket Book’s reading list

Memoir/Essay
The Souls of Black Folk The Fire Next Time Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching Citizen Between the World and Me

Movies
13th (available on Netflix)
Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix)

Fiction books
Beloved The Bluest Eye How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Octavia’s Brood Kindred

Resources for parents looking to talk to their children about DJT
This great list


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This list was pulled from Google Docs. It had to be scrubbed of CSS and other ugly formatting to be usable here, which inadvertently removed some useful formatting. URLs were manually cleaned, so may have been broken. __As we elaborate this list, it can be improved to expand from the liberal/reformist, USA, post-election focus.__


Disclaimer: this is long! You won’t read it in a day, but if you commit to reading consistently, you will make your way through it!  
  

Note: Many of these sources are not from traditional news media outlets. This is intentional, as those outlets often times only feature the most heard voices and partially got us into this mess in the first place. In an effort to unlearn systemic racism and understand how we ourselves are complicit, we have chosen a variety of forms of content on top of traditional news articles, including blog posts, scholarly articles, fiction books, movies. We have organized the material thematically and chronologically, so if you are overwhelmed with the length of the document, pick a couple from each section and then move on. I ask you to read through this syllabus with an open mind and heart. If you have any thoughts on additional materials or just in general, please use the comment feature! Thanks.  
  
Radical Reading  
[Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)


General Knowledge (CW: Liberal)  
“[Debunking the Progress Narrative](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[America will never be ‘Post Racial](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[The Case for Reparations](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[History white people need to learn](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[y](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[White Privilege](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[The White Racial Frame](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Intentions Don’t Really Matter](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[The Privilege of Politeness](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Objectivity Can Be Oppressive](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Enough with the White Male Rage Narrative](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
   
 A history of #BlackLivesMatter   
[A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter movement](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Black Lives Matter syllabus](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[5 reasons Trump will win](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
 
“[The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Republicans and the White Working Class](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
“[The Smug Style in American Liberalism](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[2 charts explaining how racism elected Trump](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[MOURNING FOR WHITENESS - Toni Morrison (New Yorker)](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
Action  
[A list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigot organizations to donate to](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[How to be an anti-racist ally](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Shaun King’s 25 part plan to reducing police brutality in America](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Bystander's guide to standing up to harassment](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[“Anti-Muslim hate will increase. Here is how to not be a bystander.”](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[How to Financially Protest DT](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[How to Protest Islamophobia](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[What can Democrats do, if anything, stop DT’s disastrous climate plans?](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Black Lives Matter Platform](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[The DJT Resistance](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Volunteer for the ACLU](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Call your representatives and demand they stand up to DT!](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Resources for non-Black Asians on Anti-Blackness](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
Longer form: Non-fiction books  
[The New Jim Crow](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
For a nuanced counterargument to some of Alexander’s thesis, read “[The Truth About Our Prison Crisis](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[A People’s History of the United States](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Racism Without Racists](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Punished](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[When Affirmative Action Was White](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Haymarket Book’s reading list](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
Memoir/Essay  
[The Souls of Black Folk](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[The Fire Next Time](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Citizen](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Between the World and Me](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
Movies  
13th (available on Netflix)  
Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix)  
    
Fiction books  
[Beloved](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[The Bluest Eye](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Octavia’s Brood](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
[Kindred](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)
  
Resources for parents looking to talk to their children about DJT  
This [great list](http://akk.li/pics/anne.jpg)