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resources for allies and activists


This guide is intended to provide information for those who are either starting or continuing to educate themselves on antiracism, racism, white supremacy, and fragility, biases, and serving as an ally. The guide also includes support and self-care resources for black, indigenous, and people of color. We have collected some of the best guidance available free online and have combined it with resources available at Hunter Library, particularly e-books and streaming films. This is not a comprehensive list, but we have linked to different types of materials to support your individual journey. As Victoria Alexander points out, the education process

is crucial to the remaining stages of the work because you need a solid foundational understanding of white supremacy and race in order to begin the work of dismantling your own thoughts, beliefs, and practices that perpetuate and uphold it...Do this with intention. Don’t just accumulate resources to skim, without diving deep into them (Alexander, 2020).

What is Antiracism?

"Being antiracist results from a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society. Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do." (National Museum of African American History & Culture, n.d.).

Books from Hunter Library