Anti-Racism Resources

It is incumbent upon each of us to educate ourselves, our families, our friends, and our communities to become allies. Our “Resources” tab provides links to materials to assist such efforts. Resources are regularly updated, so check back frequently.

Our lists are, of course, not exhaustive. Please suggest additions by clicking this link. (Your patience is appreciated, as it may take several days for us to review suggestions and post them to these lists).


Books

This list is only a beginning.  You might wish to do your own search. Search for books by black authors, books about social justice, or books about black history.  There is so much more to learn. Check Ridgefield Library’s selections; if they don’t have what you’re looking for, ask them to purchase it (they will).

You may purchase these books for curbside pickup at Books on the Common at 404 Main St, Ridgefield, by emailing or by calling (203) 431-9100. Read book summaries on the Ridgefield Allies reading list or purchase online at Books on the Common’s online store.

  • Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise” by Eduardo Porter
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin J. DiAngelo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race” by Oluo Ijeoma
  • How to Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Negroes” by Lauren Michelle Jackson
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  • A Short History of Reconstruction” by Eric Foner
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race” by Debby Irving
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland” by Jonathan M. Metzi
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F. Saad and Robin J. DiAngelo
  • Common Sense Media book lists:


Videos & Film

  • 13th” a documentary by Ava DuVernay (Netflix link)
  • The House I Live In” documentary by Eugene Jarecki (Amazon Prime link)
  • Before You Call the Cops — The Tyler Merritt Project | NowThis News” (YouTube link)
  • When Every Word Doesn’t Belong to Everyone” Ta-Nehisi Coates (YouTube link)
  • Amber Ruffin Shares a Lifetime of Traumatic Run-Ins with Police on Late Night with Seth Meyers” (YouTube link)
  • Just Mercy” (Amazon Prime link)
  • When They See Us” (Netflix link)
  • Jay Smooth/Ill Doctrine” (Link)


Blogs by Black Writers

A great way to understand the diverse perspectives of the black community is to read and follow the blog commentaries of these insightful and often outrageously funny black writers.



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Resources for Talking to Your Kids About Race

The following resources were recommended by Dr. Amalia Londono Tobon, clinical fellow of the Yale Child Study Center, and Dr. Wanjiku Njoroge, an adjunct professor at Yale and program director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for parents who want to have conversations with their kids about race and racism.