Anti-Racist Resources

This list has been compiled by suggestions shared across social media. It contains details of books, videos, films, podcasts, lesson plans, ideas for action and activism, and resources for kids and teens. Working through this list will take a considerable amount of time and effort, and you may want to make this an ongoing project you work through using the resources here and others you discover as you learn. Particularly if this is something very new to you.

The danger of creating lists like this is they’re easy to share, and sharing feels like doing, and that doing may satisfy you that you have done enough. Sharing is simply the start. Studying these resources is better but still not adequate. This work is a lifelong commitment to justice and care. It may not always be easy or comfortable. It should be difficult and challenging and you should expect to dedicate time and energy to it. For that reason I’d encourage you to read What is an anti-racist reading list for? by Lauren Michele Jackson and The Literature of White Liberalism by Melissa Phruksachart (which refers to some of the books listed below) before you do anything else.


If you want to order the following books, you can do so via their publishers or from Hive or Wordery, or ask your library to stock or borrow books.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Superior: the return of race science by Angela Saini

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.

White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal.

Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo

Why Race Still Matters by Alana Lentin

Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis by Katherine McKittrick

Barbara J Love

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (5th Ed) by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva  

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard

Overcoming Everyday Racism by Susan Cousins

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times by Alexis Shotwell

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement by Kimberlé Crenshaw et al

Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms by Sherene Razack

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History by Vron Ware

White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race by Gloria Wekker

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Whiteness: An Introduction by Steve Garner

Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats by Maya Goodfellow

A Burst of Light: essays by Audre Lorde (Firebrand Press)

Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era by Kathleen Paul

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

Black and British: A forgotten history by David Olusoga

Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race by Patrick Wolfe

Race and the Undeserving Poor: From Abolition to Brexit by Robbie Shilliam

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

The Disability Studies Reader by Lennard J Davis et al

The Racial Contract by Charles W Mills

“The White Space” by Elijah Anderson

Collectors, Nightlights, and Allies, Oh My! White Mentors in the Academy by Marisela Martinez-Cola

White academia: Do Better by Jasmine Roberts

Whiteliness and institutional racism: hiding behind (un)conscious bias by Shirley Anne Tate & Damien Page

When white women get caught: victimhood as racialised violence by Janine Francois

We Can’t Breathe by Gary Younge

The racism that killed George Floyd was built in Britain by Afua Hirsch

White Complicity Matters: The Nazis by the Lake by Musa Okwonga

Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot by Shenequa Golding

Read our words: An anti-racist reading list for New Zealanders by Jacinta Ruru, Angela Wanhalla & Jeanette Wikaira

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression by Kelisa Wing

Antiracism: A Starter Booklist from Library Journal

The Broken Pipeline: Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding from Leading Routes

Staying Power: The career experiences and strategies of UK Black female professors by Nicola Rollock for UCU

Minority Report: Race and Class in post-Brexit Britain by Omar Khan and Faiza Shaheen

Structurally unsound. Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy from Resolution Foundation

Interviews with Black & Indigenous Disabled Philosophers by Shelley Tremain

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price

List of Black Revolutionary Readings by Timmy Chau et al

What is Intersectionality and Why Do You Keep Insisting that Movements Must Be Intersectional? by Evonnia Woods 



Intersectionality Matters! with Kimberlé Crenshaw

About race with Reni Eddo-Lodge



Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (film)

The Low Morale Experience of Minority Academic Librarians: A review by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick (Prezi)

How privilege defines performance by Tatiana Mac (slide deck)

10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You by Ben Clay



Introduction to Critical Race Theory (2017) by Adrienne Keene

BLM and Science Resource Sheet

#BlackLivesMatter PGI Syllabus by Politics, Groups and Identities

The Student Journey Game from Building the Anti-Racist Classroom

Race Reflections by Guilaine Kinouani

Institutionalised Racism: a syllabus from Education and Society

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness 

Research methods books by Women of Colour by Helen Kara

The power of teachers to transform by Tauheedah Baker

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

The “Problem” Woman of Colour in the Workplace adapted by COCo

A guide to coded language in education from Class Trouble

BLM – what to do now? by @NorwichSoS for The Teacherist

Anti-racist resources from Greater Good

Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner

I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters by Harriet Lerner and Brené Brown

To white people, on racism by Hope Not Hate



Take Action! Communicating your support for #BlackLivesMatter: do’s don’ts and resources from 500 Women Scientists.

Scaffolded Anti Racist Resources by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann and Bailie Gregory

Ways You Can Help

Want to make the UK less racist? 20 positive ways to bring about lasting change by Kehinde Andrews

26 ways to be in the struggle, beyond the streets from Spoonie Living 

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness

Impact of Omission

Supporting Race Equality at Work by Manchester University

5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups by Karen Catlin for Better Allies

UK Actions and Resources by @Divya_M_P

The Black Curriculum

Anti-Racism in UK Universities by Arun Verna 

#BlackLivesMatter Support Black disabled activists now and always by Alice Wong

75 things white people can do for racial justice by Corrine Shutack

White people: this is what you need to do by Olive Pometsey

Anti-Racism Resources (for white people and parents) by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Understand. Support. Challenge by Patrice Lawrence

10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion by Ethel L. Mickey, Ember Skye Kanelee and Joya Misra

10 Tips for Organisations who want to state their solidarity with Black Communities by Ladders4Action

Performative Allyship is Deadly (here’s what to do instead) by Holiday Phillips

Evolving list of anti-racist resources by JC Ashton

Black Lives Matter

Campaign Zero



Black Protest Law in the UK

Institute of Race Relations

How to sustain your activism by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu


For Children and Teens

(I’ve been asked to add resources for younger audiences who also need to learn and who you will need to talk to and teach. Remember to match books about awareness and anti-racist activism with positive stories featuring diverse characters. Ask your bookstore to recommend or order from Black-owned bookstores)

Coretta Scott King’s Book Award Winners from Common Sense Media

Black Stories Matter from Seven Stories

Sweet Blackberry Foundation by Karyn Parsons (several of their films are on Netflix)

Santana’s World

Tàta Storytime

Inclusive stories for all readers from Roundtable Books

Racism information for children (slideshow)

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance from Embrace Race

What is race? Who are racists? Why does skin colour matter? And other questions by Nikesh Shukla and Claire Huechan

This Book IS Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Kindergarten Teacher Explains Racism to Young Kids: “You Have the Voice” by Kate Schweitzer 

Journey To Justice

Decolonise your child’s bookshelf with books featuring Black Muslim characters from Amaliah

Top 154 recommended African-American children’s books from African American Literature Book Club

Black Books Matter: children’s books celebrating Black Boys from The Conscious Kid

These books can help you explain racism and protest to your kids from New York Times

Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids by Anika Reed and Hannah Yasharoff for USA Today

‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for children and teens by Aimée Felone

We must talk diversity with our kids: here’s where to start from Huffington Post

Not My Idea: a book about whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham read here by John Jimerson

Raising white kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

How well-intentioned white families can perpetuate racism by Joe Pinsker for The Atlantic

Noughts and Crosses: links to current protests by Terra Glowach based on the book by Malorie Blackman


Thanks and credits

The above resources were recommended by @zaranosaur @ShaiHussain @CollectiveBarc @seefryar @RevDaniel @4thestateBooks @BrownPhDGirl @sbarolo @JLMittelmeier @Divya_M_P @CodingBeenz @MannyAwo @pgorski @SL_Lauer @OtherSociology @DrFuraha_Asani @divanificent @NativeApprops @hakeemjefferson @Kaetrena @AkwugoEmejulu @mauldin_laura   @macrophaige @ginnybraun @500womensci @MrPranPatel @Fitzdigitalgov @DrSalmaPatel @BlacademicUS J.E.M Carter Judith O’Connell


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