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Stirring the Waters Resources

Recorded May 30, 2020

Anti-Racism Resources

The purpose of this list is to provide ideas, prompt discussion and inspire action among St. Columbans. NOTE: The compilers of this list have read or tried a number of the resources on this list, but by no means all. The list is a work in progress! We welcome your additions, comments and edits.


For steps you can take alone or with others, see "75 things White People Can Do for Racial Justice"

Books and Articles

Alexander, "The New Jim Crow"
Angelou, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
Arnold, “Raising Our Hands”
Baldwin, "The Fire Next Time," "Notes of a Native Son," et al.
Boggs, “The Next American Revolution:  Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century”
Coates, "The Case for Reparations; Between the World and Me"
Cole, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree"
Collins, “Black Feminist Thought”
Cooper, “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discoers Her Superpower”
De Gruy, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
DiAngelo, "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism"
Gottschalk, "Caught"
Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon- Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Hannah-Jones, "The 1619 Project"
Hooks, "Teaching to Transgress"
Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”
Irving, "Waking Up White"
Katznelson, “When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America”
Kendi, "How to Be An Anti-Racist," "Stamped from the Beginning"
King, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, "Where do We Go From Here," "A Time to Break Silence," "The Trumpet of Conscience," "Strength to Love" and others
Kerman, "Orange is the New Black"
Laymon, “Heavy: An American Memoir”
Lorde, “Sister Outsider”
Luiselli, “Tell Me How It Ends”
Mock, “Redefining Realness”
Moraga, “This Bridge Called Me Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color”
Morrison, “The Bluest Eye”
Oliver, "Ripe Fields: The Promise and Challenge of Latino Ministry"
Oluo, “So You Want to Talk About Race”
Orange, “There there”
Ritchie, “Invisible No More: PoliceViolence Against Black Women and Women of Color”
Rothstein, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America"
Saad, “Me and White Supremacy”
Stevenson, Bryan, "Just Mercy"
Sotomayor, “My Beloved World”
Thurman, "Jesus and the Disinherited"
Van Jones, "Beyond the Messy Truth"
Wallis, "Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America"
Wilkerson, "The Warmth of Other Suns"
Zinn, "A People’s History of the United States"

Compilation of books, articles, videos and other resources, compiled by Flicker and Klein
Book list from Politics and Prose
Anti-racism Resources Guide, ed. By Tasha K; selected resources relevant to each stage of self-education


Alexander, "America This is Your Chance" (New York Times Opinion, June 9, 2020)
Solly, "158 Smithsonian Resources for Understanding Racism in America" ( 6/4/2020)
Five Steps You Can Take Right Now for Racial Healing
Nodjimbadem, "The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S. ( 5/29/2020)
Compilation of various anti-racism resources  

Article on Allyship, Action and Study
"When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs" (Washington Post)

Reveal Articles on Redlining and Gentrification
"For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership" (Reveal)
"Gentrification became low-income lending law’s unintended consequence" (Reveal)

White Paper
McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

The History Of Police In Creating Social Order In The U.S.
Durham Mayor Pro Tempore On Defunding The Police In Her City 
Military equipment and the police
Guidelines for use of police force

Social Media Commentators

Follow Racial Justice commentators on Facebook: 
@OsopePatrisse, @opalayoalicia garza@bellhooksLuvvie Ajayi JonesMelissa Harris-Perry@VanJones68@ava@thenewjimcrow@LavernecoxDeRay MckessonThe DiDi DelgadoTa-Nehisi CoatesRev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, @dribram, Ally Henny on Facebook, and Lace on Race on Facebook.

Follow BlavityMadame NoirThe Root, and The Grio with a desire to learn and understand better the lives of black Americans.

Kendi Tedtalk on how to build an anti-racist world

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Join Us

Regardless of which action you pursue, take time to pray for compassion for both the oppressor and the oppressed, as well as for patience and understanding – trusting in the Spirit as you begin your journey. For more information about Stirring the Waters Ministry, contact Patty and Bill Jensen.