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Racial Justice Resources

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Race to Equity Toolkit

 Black Lives Matter Toolkit  Police Brutality Action Kit

Other Racial Justice Resources

 Request for YWCA Training  Online Racial Justice Class  YWCA Equity Ted Talk
 ACLU Know Your Rights  Racial Justice Resources  Transformation for Social Justice
The YWCA Madison is pleased to share these resources with our community. Many of them are from partner organizations also working for racial justice. We are grateful for their work and share their information with you because it aligns with our mission and we think it might be useful for our community.


General Racial Justice Video Tools

 What is Systemic Racism?  How to tell someone they sound racist  The System of Racial Inequity

Implicit Bias Videos

Racial Justice in the Criminal Justice System

Local Organization Links

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National Organization Links

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Quick links to Readings

Readings on Racism

Articles for self-learning and resources for training

  • Detour Spotting for White Anti-Racists
  • Definitions of Racism
  • Fighting White Supremacy in Progressive Movements
  • From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: The Life Long Journey
  • Invisible Bias
  • Racial ID Achievement
  • The Complexity of Identity: "Who Am I?"
  • The Culture of Power
  • Young Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students
  • YWCA Racial Justice Online Class
  • YWCA Racial Justice Workshops
  • White Privilege Conference: Resources & Readings
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
  • White Spaces
  • Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, R., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2010). Readings for diversity and social justice. New York: Routledge.
  • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2010.
  • Bertrand, Marianne, Dolly Chugh and Sendhil Mullainathan. “Implicit Discrimination." American Economic Review 95 (2005): 94–98.
  • Blumenfeld, W. J., Fairchild E. E., Joshi K. Y. (Ed.). (2008). Investigating Christian privilege and religious oppression in the united states. Boston: Sense Publishers.
  • Bonilla- Silva, Eduardo. (2009). Racism without racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in america. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Hovmand, Peter S., and Joseph O’Sullivan. “Lessons from an Interdisciplinary System Dynamics Course.” System Dynamics Review 24 (2008), 479-488.
  • Kimmel, M., Ferber, A. L. (2009). Privilege: A reader. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 
  • Kincheloe J., Steinberg S., Stonebanks C., (Ed.). (2010). Teaching against islamophobia (Counterpoints: Studies in the postmodern theory of education). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Luna-Reyes, Luis F, Ignacio J. Martinez-Moyano, Theresa A. Pardo, Anthony M. Cresswell, David F. Andersen and George P. Richardson. “Anatomy of a Group Model-Building Intervention: Building Dynamic Theory from Case Study Research." System Dynamics Review 22 (2006): 291-320.
  • Meadows, Donella H. and Diana Wright. Thinking in Systems: A Primer. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Pub, 2008.
  • Morecroft, John. Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics: A feedback Systems Approach. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
  • Nosek, Brian A., and Jeffrey J. Hansen. “The Associations in our Heads Belong to Us: Searching for Attitudes and Knowledge Implicit Evaluation.” Cognition and Emotion 22 (2008): 553-594.
  • Pager, Devah and Lincoln Quillian. “What Employers Say Versus What They Do.” American Sociological Review 70 (2005): 355-80.
  • Rothenberg, P. S. (Ed.). (2008). White privilege: Essential readings on the other side of racism. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Rudman, Laurie A. Richard D. Ashmore. “Discrimination and the Implicit Association Test. “Group  Processes and Intergroup Relations 10 (2007): 359-372.
  • Stanley, Damian, Peter Sokol-Hessner, Mahzarin Banaji and Elizabeth Phelps. “Implicit race attitudes predict trustworthiness judgments and economic trust decisions.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 108 (2011): 7710-7715.
  • Steele, Claude. Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. New York: W.W.  Norton & Company, 2010.
  • Sterman, John D. “All Models Are Wrong: Reflections on Becoming a Systems Scientist.” System Dynamics Review 18 (2003): 501-531.
  • Stone, Christopher, Zachary Carter, Thomas Belfore, Ella M. Bully-Cummings, Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Michael J. Farrell, George Gascón, Arva Rice, Lew Rice and Damon T. Hewitt.  “Reducing Inherent Danger: Report of the New York State Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings.” New York State Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings Report, May 27, 2010.
  • Thandeka. (2006). Learning to be white: Money, race, and God in America. New York: Continuum.
  • Thomas, Kimberly M. and Radboud J. Duintjer Tebbens. “Using Systems to Develop Policies That Matter: Global Management of Poliomyelitis and Beyond.” Systems Dynamics Review 24 (2008): 433- 449.
  • Warren, M. (2010). Fire in the heart: How white activists embrace racial justice (Oxford studies in culture and politics). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Westen, Drew. The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. New York: PublicAffairs, 2007.
  • White, Ismail K. “when Race Matters and When It Doesn’t: Racial Group Differences in Response to Racial Cues.” American Political Science Review 101 (2007): 339-354.
  • Wise, T. (2005). White like me: Reflections on race from a privileged son. New York: Soft Skull Press. Wise, T. (2010) Colorblind: The rise of post-racial politics and the retreat from racial equity. San Francisco: City Lights Open Media.

General History of U.S. Racism

  • Blair, Irene V., Charles M. Judd and Kristine M. Chapleau. “The Influence of Afrocentric Facial Features in Criminal Sentencing." Psychological Science 15 (2004): 674–679.
  • Feagin, J.R. (2009). The white racial frame: Centuries of racial framing and counter-framing. New York: Routledge.
  • Guinier, Lani and Gerald Torres. The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.
  • Eberhardt, Jennifer L., Paul G. Davies, Valerie J. Purdie-Vaughns and Sheri L. Johnson. “Looking Deathworthy: Perceived Stereotypicality of Black Defendants Predicts Capital Sentencing Outcomes." Psychological Science 17 (2006): 383–386.
  • Hilliar, Kirin F and Richard I. Kemp. “Barack Obama or Barry Dunham? The Appearance of Multiracial Faces is Affected by the Names Assigned to Them.” Perception37 (2008): 1605-1608.
  • INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (Eds.). (2006) The color of violence: The incite! anthology. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. 
  • Johnson, Allen. (2005). Power, privilege, and difference. New York: McGraw Hill Humanities.
  • Kaufman, Robert. “Assessing Alternative Perspectives on Race and Sex Employment Segregation.” American Sociological Review 67 (2002): 547-72.
  • Krivo, Lauren, J., Ruth D. Peterson and Danielle C. Kuhl. “Segregation, Racial Structure and Neighborhood Violent Crime.” American Journal of Sociology 114 (2009):1765-1802.
  • Leondar-Wright, B., Lui M., Robles B. (2006). The color of wealth: The story behind the u.s. racial wealth divide. Canada: New Society Publishers.
  • Lynch, Michael, J., E. Britt Patterson and Kristina K. Childs. Racial Divide and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System. Monsey, N.Y.: Criminal Justice Press, 2008.
  • Massey, Douglas S. Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2007.
  • Orfield, Gary and Nancy McArdle. The Vicious Cycle: Segregated Housing, Schools and Intergenerational Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Joint Center for Housing Studies, 2006.
  • Peterson, Ruth D. and Lauren Joy Kirvo. Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2010.
  • Penner, Andrew M. and Aliya Saperstein. “How Social Status Shapes Race.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (2008): 19628-30.
  • Picca, L. H., & Feagin, J. R. (2007). Two faced racism: Whites in the backstage and frontstage. New York: Routledge.
  • Rouwette, Etiënne, Jac Vennix and Theo Mullekom. “Group Model Building Effectiveness: a Review of Assessment Studies.” System Dynamics Review 18 (2002): 5–45.
  • Royster, Deirdre A. Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-collar Jobs. Berkley: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Rugh, Jacob and Douglas Massey. “Racial Segregation and the American Foreclosure Crisis” American Sociological Review. 75 (2010): 629-651.
  • Simpson, J.S. (2003). 'I have been waiting': Race and U.S. higher education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Squires, Gregory and Charis Kubrin. “Privileged Places: Race, Uneven Development and the Geography of Opportunity in Urban America.” Urban Studies 42 (2005): 47-69.
  • Wilkes, Rima and John Iceland. “Hypersegregation in the Twenty-First Century.” Demography 41 (2004): 23-36.
  • Wise, Tim. The Mother of All Racial Preferences: Reflections on Affirmative Action for White Folks.
  • Zinn, Howard., A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present; Perennial; Revised and Updated edition, September 2001.

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Native American History

  • Books by Vine Deloria (Native American History author)
  • Maawanji'iding - Gathering Together: Ojibwe Histories and Narratives from Wisconsin, Volume I a Digital Archives Project (Can order CD-ROM at Brain Box; contains hours of stories and hundreds of images and archival documents related to the history and culture of the Ojibwe communities in the ceded territories of northern Wisconsin)
  • Smith, A. (2005). Conquest: Sexual violence and American Indian genocide. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
  • Video "In Whose Honor" - a documentary about the Native American struggle to remove Indian mascots.

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African & African American History

  • Hill-Collins, P. (2005). Black sexual politics: African Americans, gender, and the new racism. New York: Routledge.
  • Smith, Barbara. The Truth that Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom, Rutgers University Press, September 2000.
  • West, Cornell. Race Matters, N.Y., Vintage, 1993.
  • Any books by Bell Hooks, African American author.
  • Sweet Honey and the Rock (check out their music)
  • Eyes on the Prize, Parts I & II (Video series)
  • Film: "4 Little Girls", a Spike Lee film about the Birmingham Four.

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Chicano & Latino Reading

  • Acuna, Rodolfo. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. NY: Harper 1988.
  • Anzaldua, Gloria. Borderlands, La Fronteras. 1999
  • Fox, Geoffrey. Hispanic Nation, Secaucus, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1996.
  • Martinez, Elizabeth: 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Albuquerque: South West Organizing Project, 1991.
  • Martinez, Elizabeth: De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century. Cambridge: South End Press, 1998
  • Piri, Thomas, Down These Mean Streets. NY: Vintage, 1967
  • Shorris, Earl. Latinos: A Biography of the People. NY: W.W. Norton, 1992.
  • Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America. NY: Harper Collins 1995.
  • Viva La Causa (Video of "500 Years") SWOP, 1997
  • Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Edward Olmos, (Video)

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Asian Americans

  • Chou, R.S., Feagin, J.R. (2008). The myth of the model minority: Asian Americans facing racism. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Ching Yoon Louie, Miriam, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory, July 2001

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Jewish Readings

  • Lerner, Michael & West, Cornel. Jews & Blacks. NY: Penguin Group, 1996.
  • Sacks, Karen Brodkin, (article) "How Did Jews Become White Folks In Race?" Edited by Steven Gregory & Roger San Jek. NY: Rutgers University Press, 1994.

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Anti-Racism Discussions & Actions

  • Ferber, A., Herrera, A., Jimenez, C., Samuels, D. (2009). The matrix reader: Examining the dynamics of oppression and privilege. New York: McGraw-Hill Humanities.
  • Katz, J. H. (2003). White awareness: Handbook for anti-racism training. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Kendall, F. E. (2006). Understanding white privilege: Creating pathways to authentic relationships across race. New York: Routledge.
  • Leondar-Wright, B. (2005). Class matters: Cross-class alliance building for middle-class activists. New York: The New Press.
  • Maier, Mark. Invisible Privilege that Men Don’t See
  • Reason, R. D., Broido, E. M., Davis, T. L. & Evans, N. J. (Eds.). (2005). Developing social justice allies. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
  • Tochluk, S. (2008). Witnessing whiteness: First steps toward and antiracist practice and culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. 

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Racial Equity Tools

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Special Readings for Teachers: Anti-Racist Pedagogy

  • Adams, M., Bell, L. A., & Griffin, P. (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice. New York: Routledge.
  • Liggett, Tonda. “Frames of Reference: The Impact of Race on Teaching Strategy and Classroom Discussion.” Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education 40 (2008): 386-402.

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