Ways To Educate Yourself (And Others) On Racial Issues

Educating yourself – and those around you – is an important part of the process of beginning to understand racial injustice, and how it affects all of us. It can also go a long way in creating understanding and empathy towards others.  

 

 

We’ve compiled some resources to help get you started. Keep scrolling to see articles, books, and podcasts (and resources for kids) that can help you learn more about race and injustice.

 

articles

A few articles to help you learn more about the history of race, how to hold others accountable, and how we can start bringing about change.

 

 

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

An article by President Obama about how the country can bring about change at this moment.

 

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

A list of ways to take action now.

 

How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism

Tangible steps you can take to fight racism and spread positive change.

 

What To Do Instead Of Calling The Police

A list of resources on alternatives to policing, with best practices and guiding questions

Design: Jess Bird

PODCASTS

These podcasts can provide a lot of insight into how the idea of racial identity developed,  became a huge part of American society, and the history of black Americans.

 

 

Code Switch

A podcast about race and culture from National Public Radio.

 

About Race

A multi-racial conversation about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in relation to race.

 

1619

An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

 

Seeing White

A 14-part series about where the notion of “whiteness” came from and what it means.

 

 

BOOKS

For more in-depth learning, these books can provide insight into black life and challenging your own beliefs.

 

 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.

 

Between the World and Me

Author Ta-Neshi Coates answers questions about black identity and our current crisis in a letter to his young son.

 

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

This book sheds light on the history of racist ideas and offers tools needed to expose racist thinking and provide a reason to hope.

 

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

A breakdown of the structural racism in our country and the violent white reactions toward black Americans.

 

Design: Ellen Hope

RESOURCES For Parents & Kids

Here are ways for parents to learn how to talk to kids about race, and resources for kids to start learning fro ma nearly age.

 

 

How To Talk To Kids About Racism & Racial Violence

An article with advice from psychologists on developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism and police brutality.

 

4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now

The 4 important things you should be talking to kids about.

 

The Conscious Kid

Parenting and education resources created through a critical race lens.

 

RESilience

Resources for uplifting youth through healthy communication about race.

 

Books For Kids

A list of Coretta Scott King Award winners-  given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

 

 

 

  1. Dear Ones at Bobby Berk,
    My sincere thanks and appreciation to you for using your platform to support racial justice. It’s so very heartening to see a business operate with strongly stated social values and actions that reflect those values. I’ve been passing these resources on to others. .

    All the Best to you!

    1. Thank you for sharing these resources and taking the time to read them! xx -B

  2. Dear Bobby, Thank you ever so much for your support and fight against Racial Injustice and All Injustice. I have enjoyed your newsletters for many months now. You have supported all your readers/me through all the 2020 crises. You have done it so well! and with all your heart and passion. As a Black woman and mother, I struggled to find ways to explain to my son what is happening and “Our Reality”. I found the much-needed help in your newsletter. So I wanted to Thank You and let you know that your words do make a difference!