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More than Simple Acts of Kindness: Resources for Antiracism Education

We need more than kindness. Now is the time for education; it's time to make significant efforts to understand racial inequality.

Author: Kathryn Good

Love Your Neighbor No Matter What

At Inspire Kindness, we believe that acts of kindness can change the world. By holding a door, stopping to help, or starting a conversation, we can communicate to others that we see them and that they are not alone on this planet. These simple actions can be the first steps, but the kind of kindness that changes the world requires more. We must build relationships with people - all sorts of people. It's hard and time-consuming and can be uncomfortable, but it is crucial to more significant kindness efforts like fighting for justice and against inequality. 

 

To build relationships with people, especially with people with different backgrounds and customs, we must make efforts to learn about and listen to each other. It's far easier to judge people and situations that we haven't taken the opportunity to understand.

 

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." 
— Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

The world is hurting right now, and we want to hurt right along with it, but empathy requires understanding. So, take the opportunity to learn about Black history and the ongoing challenges of Black people. Here's lesson one, learn by doing a little homework rather than asking a Black friend or colleague to explain things to you.

 

Read what Najoh Tita-Reid, a senior executive of marketing reinvention at Logitech says in his article warning against burning out Black employees

 

"First, do not inundate your black colleagues with requests to help you understand and solve racial injustice as if it is their duty. Remember that in many workplaces, we are outnumbered—and so many people are asking us for our input right now.
 
So if you have told your black counterpart this week either that you are now finally aware of your white privilege and want an action plan to learn about the black struggle, or if you used your last conference call to confess all of your racial sins over the years, know that chances are 100 other well-meaning nonblack people have done the same that day. Be mindful.
 
Second, take responsibility for your education on racial issues. Keep in mind that black people had to use their free time to learn about other races, given that the American educational curriculum only taught a minimal amount of black history. So we do not think it's too much to ask our professional peers to take the time to do research, read books, and watch films. Start today and learn; then feel free to ask genuine questions."

 

Now is the time for education; it's time to make significant efforts to understand racial inequality. We are keeping this list of resources and would love your help in adding to it. If something has helped you learn and grow in this area, please email social@inspirekindness.com to add it to this list.

 

 

Black History and Antiracism Resources

 

Books to Read

 

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

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

Just Mercy by Byran Stevenson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

 

antiracism books to read

 

 

Movies to Watch

 

Roots

13th (Netflix)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

Just Mercy

Selma

I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Prime)

Fruitvale Station

Dear White People (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

King in the Wilderness (HBO)

When they See Us (Netflix)

Slavery by Another Name (PBS)

 

 

antiracism movies to watch

 

 

Podcasts to Hear

 

1619 (NY Times)

Code Switch (NPR)

Broken Justice (PBS)

Uncivil (Gimlet)

About Race

Pod Save the People

Pod For The Cause from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Seeing White

 

 

antiracism podcasts to hear

 

 

Resources for Children

 

Things to Watch

Ballerina's Tale

Hidden Figures

Remember the Titans

42

 

Books to Read

Antiracist Baby

One Crazy Summer

New Kid

March Series

A Kids Book About Racism

Just Mercy for Young Adults

 

Websites for Parents

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners (given to authors and illustrators that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values)

Free Bookish Printables, Crafts and Coloring Sheets with Diverse Characters 

Unicef Talking to Your Kids About Racism

PBS How to Talk Honestly With Children About Racism

 

 

antiracism resources for children

 

 

More Resources

 

The Next Question a web series by Austin Channing Brown 

 

Again, if something has helped you learn more about antiracism or Black history and it is not on this list, please email social@inspirekindness.com.

 

 

"Be kind – listen. Be kind – learn. Be kind – get comfortable being uncomfortable. Be kind – have tough conversations with your family, friends, and colleagues. Be kind – donate to organizations committed to social justice. Be kind – seek out Black-owned businesses. Be kind – understand privilege and power. Be kind – vote. Be kind – be an antiracist. Every. Single. Day."  - Forest Melton