Activism and Education.
The METCO Coordinating Committee (MCC) put together this list of resources we’ve found most helpful in starting our own education about race and racism.
Understanding the History of
Race and Racism in America
Imbram X. Kendi
Kendi shares his own personal history with respect to racism as a way to explore and define racism across history and from many angles, including class, color, gender, behavior, ethnicity. He challenges thinking and behavior many of us would consider mainstream, and even anti-racist. This is very helpful reading for understanding the many ways in which racism can play out in our country today, the history behind that, and for acquiring at least one set of very good definitions for terms we all use in discussions about racism.
A Podcast inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning articles, traces the history of our country from the arrival of chattel slaves in 1619 to present day and how it influences our current economy, music industry, health care, and ideas about democracy.
NPR Code Switch
Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity. A great place to go for a weekly dose of thoughtful, current discussions about race in the United States.
A documentary that explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.
The Civil Rights Landscape Today for People of Color
PBS Learning Media Video
A two-minute, kid/teen friendly general overview of how racism affects the country; from economics, to policing, to housing.
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.
A short (37 minutes) documentary about how and why voters are suppressed at the polls, and how BIPOC are targeted.
Resources for Children
Talking Race with Young Children
Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here’s how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
A letter to Hamlin Girls (& Everyone)
Ms Holland Greene
Parenting for Liberation
Parenting for Liberation is a virtual community that connects, inspires, and uplifts Black folks as they navigate and negotiate raising Black children within the social and political context of the US
Latin X Parenting
Latinx Parenting is a bilingual organization rooted in children’s rights, social and racial justice and antiracism, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families. This website includes book recommendations, podcasts, a blog and other resources.
Raising White Kids:
Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
The title says it all! Takes on talking about race and privilege with white children in ways that are age appropriate, don’t make them feel bad to be white, and most importantly, equip them to take anti-racist action. If you don’t have time for the whole book:
Interview on NPR with the author Integrated Schools’ interview with the author during the pandemic
Books for Children
Pre-K, K, 1 & 2
Margot Lee Shetterly
Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers.
Black is a Rainbow Color
Joy’s rhythmic verses and Holmes’s vivid artwork combine to offer a celebration of Black American culture and history that connects current movements for social justice to past Civil Rights movements, offering context and continuity between generations.
Hammering for Freedom
Rita Lorraine Hubbard
A little-known historical story that is all the more impactful because it is true. Born into slavery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William “Bill” Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep a little money for himself. With just a few coins in his pocket, Bill set a daring plan in motion: he was determined to free his family.
Winner of both a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Award, this beautiful picture book for older kids is an inspirational look at overcoming our circumstances to follow our dreams, in this case that of a young musician in New Orleans.
MIDDLE SCHOOL / HIGH SCHOOL
The Seeds of America Trilogy: Chains;Forge;Ashes
Laurie Halse Anderson
Parents need to know that this trilogy holds no punches and depicts a real view into the harsh reality of wartime and slavery.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You
Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Book for kids/teens about racism and the history of the country, written in a very accessible and engaging way. From the author of How to be an Antiracist.
OTHER GOOD CHILDREN’S BOOK LISTS
A List of Lists
Pre-K, K, 1 & 2
If you want more reading/viewing/listening, here’s a list of various resource lists that we’ve come across in the last several months.
Lincoln Family Association resource list
Anti-racism resources for white people
NPR Code Switch List of Books, Films and Podcasts about Racism
A Letter to Take Action for Equality
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library
PBS Learning Media Resources to Support Discourse
Parade Magazine, the Anti-racist Starter Pack
29 Movies, Shows and Documentaries to Watch to Education Yourself on Racial Justice
Additional Resources for White People:
Understanding White Fragility, and Becoming an Ally
If you want one deep and comprehensive educational experience to challenge and reflect on your own biases and consider how you can take action, this is a great book to start with. It is structured as 28 days of short reads on topics such as White Privilege, White Supremacy, and tone policing, followed by a set of reflective journaling prompts. It pulls together the work of many other writers in its short essays for each day, including many of those mentioned in other places here.
Nice White Parents
New York Times
A podcast exploring the relationship between “nice white parents” (who ideologically support ideas like racial justice and integration) and schooling. It’s a great listen, especially for white people, to continue to raise our awareness and effectiveness of how to be effective advocates for justice as it relates to schools.
This podcast quickly explains why white people have a hard time talking about race and how we might begin to approach racism in a more constructive way. Many of the white members of the MCC have found DiAngelo’s resources compelling and helpful, especially in guarding against our own defensiveness and silence on topics surrounding race. But be aware there is some criticism out there as well: The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility
Unpacking the Invisible Backpack
One of the most often cited works describing White Privilege, this short essay lists 50 daily effects of white privilege that the author has observed. Though it was published in 1988, it’s concrete and helpful in teaching those who have white privilege to be able to observe it more deliberately.
Don’t be a Savior be an Ally
As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change
New York Times Article
Former Minneapolis mayor reflects on how she saw White Liberals block change and how we can do better.
On the Road:
Middle school football players execute life-changing play