It is hard to understand how racism happens throughout our society. Resources in this section help you educate yourself about others’ worldviews and open your hearts with empathy and compassion.
- Historical timelines of institutional racism
- Tools for organizations
- Tools for educators
- Websites with multiple resources
- Books and DVDs
The Story of Race
The Story of Race video provides an overview of how prevailing ideas in science, government and culture intersected throughout history to shape our concept of race today.
An interactive History Timeline is organized in three areas: government, science, and society.
History of Racist U.S. Laws
If the struggle against oppression is that of memory against forgetting, then it is of primary importance that we look to the past to learn about a long line of xenophobic, racist laws that were once widely accepted by the mainstream public. MORE >>>
Race: Are we so different?
An exhibit which helps visitors understand what race is and what it is not and gives them the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life. MORE>>>
Race Timeline: Race, Science and Social Policy
An interactive overview of historical events organized along five themes of race, from BC to now. MORE >>>
White Privilege 101 Time Line
- Kill the Indian Save the Man
- “This wasn’t fair” – Japanese-American Internment during WWII
- Jim Crow Laws
- Shades of Youth
Shades of Youth was filmed at The White Privilege Conference Youth Instiute where 100 high school students gathered from across the United States to seriously engage in issues of race, power, identity, oppression and social change. This film and accompanying curriculum, offer multiple views and experiences around race and privilege, giving youth and adults entry points to discuss and better understand how institutional racism affects all our lives. MORE >>>
Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
This website provides guides for discussion of the book “Witness Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It” by Shelly Tochluk. The site also includes information abut a free workshop series and curriculum resources. MORE >>>
White Learning Lab
This workshop series offers an informed and supportive curriculum that helps to examine the role white people play in the current racial environment and begin to repair the damage done by past generations. MORE >>>
White Privilege Conference
The national White Privilege Conference examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. The conference brings together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena. MORE >>>
Dismantling Racism: The dR Process
The Dismantling Racism process is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in the organization and in the community where the organization is working. MORE >>>
Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity
Racial equity is a vision that many people hold. But what does that term mean? This web site will contribute in some small way to the success of groups doing the hard work to make racial equity and the elimination of racism and racial privilege a reality.
Cracking the Shell of Whiteness
This curriculum helps white people see how they have benefited from racism, and the messages they have internalized that give whites a sense of superiority that skews their view of the world. The series builds their capacity to be effective agents of anti-racism organizing. It was developed for people who have had some exposure to the concepts of racism and white privilege. The curriculum six-session series is available here.
The Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 85 free, downloadable lessons and articles. MORE >>>
A project of the southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is a place to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools. MORE>>>
Facing History and Ourselves
For more than 30 years, Facing History and Ourselves has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nuturing democracy. Through a rigourous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge. MORE>>>
Duluth Lynchings: Presence of the Past
In June of 1920, six black circus workers were wrongly accused of raping a white Duluth woman. The mob abducted three of the suspects, beat them and paraded them through town. With thousands clamoring to watch, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie were hanged. MORE>>>
This web site offers you Paul Kivil’s articles and books, links and exercises, bibliographies and videographies, all to support personal growth, community education, progressive activism, and effective organizing. MORE >>>
Paul Kivel on March 11, 2011, at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.
Inequality.org: Connecting the dots on a growing divide
This website aims to be a portal into news and views online related to the income and wealth gaps that divide us, in the United States and throughout the world. MORE >>>
A YouTube video with Joe Feagin, who discusses his research and most recent projects.