As you begin your journey to become Anti-Racist, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. Being kind does NOT equate to not being racist.
  2. It is NOT ENOUGH to not be racist. You must be actively ANTI-RACIST. 
  3. You have to accept the fact that anti-racism is NOT a feel-good, warm, chic self-improvement experience. 
  4. Not every Black person you meet is an expert on race. They’re an expert on their experience, which is why doing the work is necessary to fully comprehend how nuanced Black people are.
  5. Black students are not on college campuses to do free anti-racist work.
  6. Stop resharing and reposting videos of Black people being brutalized.
  7. This is not a journey that is going to take months, but years. So get ready.

DO NOT BOMBARD US WITH “you’re so strong” messages. Again, you are not the only one. Yes it is well intended, but do you know how tiresome it gets hearing that I am strong for standing up for my right to be a human being? It’s degrading.

WHAT NOT TO ASK “are you okay?” “how are you holding up?” “do you want to talk?” we are not okay. That part is clear. And if we wanted to talk, we would reach out.

INSTEAD: “what can i do for you?” “is there anything you need right now?” “I am holding space if you need someone to listen” this eliminates the need for us to expend energy on grief/trauma by telling you the ways we are not okay. It puts more emphasis on your role as a safe space.

THINGS TO EXPECTsimple correspondence: remember you aren’t the only one hitting up your friends. – silence: again, you are not the only one, and we need time to process. This is exhausting. – hard conversations that will make you uncomfortable.

IF your friends choose to engage you in conversation about what is going on right now, LISTEN TO THEM. Do not insert your views, feelings and thoughts into a conversation meant to center your Black friends. HOLD THE SPACE, don’t hog it. And again, be prepared to be uncomfortable.

DISTRACTIONS memes, songs that remind you of them, poems, animal photos, new anime recommendations, literally ANYTHING that will get our minds off of the atrocities that are happening around us.

MONETARY WAYS YOU CAN HELP YOUR BLACK FRIENDSmoney: deposit into their cashapps for food, bail (if protesting), supplies, etc. – donations: donate to a black charity or fund on their behalf – care packages: mail things to your friends to remind them you are thinking of them.

Source: @makirollOFC on Twitter “How To Check-In On Your Black Friends” 

Media and Literature

  • When They See Us (2019)
  • Dear White People (2017-)
  • American Son (2019) 
  • Malcolm X (1992) 
  • Seven Seconds (2018) 
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020) 
  • 13th (2016) 
  • Moonlight (2016) 
  • LA 92 (2017) 
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (2017) 
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
  • Selma (2014) 
  • Do The Right Thing (1989)
  • Just Mercy (2019) 
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) 
  • Hidden Figures (2016) 
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) 
  • I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2017) 
  • Whose Streets? (2017) 
  • A Different World (1987-1993)


  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 
  • Whose Street? (2017) 


  • Loving (2016) 
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018) 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) 


  • The Colour of Friendship (2000)
  • 1619 from The New York Times
  • Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum 
  • Throughline from NPR 
  • Code Switch - NPR 
  • Still Processing - from The New York Times, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris 
  • Sip on This With Ashley Nicole Black 
  • What Next (by Slate) 
  • All My Relations with Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation)
  • Hear To Slay, “the black feminist podcast of your dreams,” with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • The Appeal, a podcast on criminal justice reform hosted by Adam Johnson 
  • Justice In America, a podcast by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith on criminal justice reform
  • The Daily Podcast 
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
  • Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 
  • A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault On The American Mind by Harriet A. Washington 
  • From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton 
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks 
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale 
  • Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney
  • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López 
  • Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens 
  • Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson 
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks 
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X 
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon 
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X 
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 
  • The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation by Daina Ramey Berry 
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
  • The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit From Identity Politics by George Lipsitz 
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy 
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


Additional Articles and Resources

Laying the groundwork- understanding anti-racist language. 

Racial Equity Tools

Anti-racism language

Implicit Bias test 

Unpacking the invisible knapsack

White Privilege Exercise 

What is White Privilege Really?


Why talk about witnesses? 

For white people wanting to be allies 

How to be an ally?

Who Gets To Be Afraid in America? 

The Atlantic – Ahmaud Arbery

What Is Copaganda?

A look at the dangerous ways police seek public sympathy

The Systems that Protect the Police

The Daily Podcast

Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer 

ACLU Donation

“Don’t Say Nothing” 

Silence speaks volumes

How History Books Exclude Black History 

How history textbooks reflect America’s refusal to reckon with slavery 

From Juneteenth to the Tulsa massacre: What isn’t taught in classrooms has a profound impact 

What isn’t taught in classrooms has a profound impact

How Student Debt Exacerbates Racial Wealth Inequality 

Lowering student debt while closing the Black-White wealth gap 

The Banality of Racism in Education 

Racism in education 

Envisioning Higher Education as Antiracist 

Antiracism in Higher Education 

School to Prison Pipeline 

ACLU School to Prison Pipeline Infographic 

Check out these Louisville Nonprofits and the work they are doing to address education inequities in Louisville! 

Louisville Urban League


The Urgency of Intersectionalitty 

Ted Talk – Kimberle Crenshaw

When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels 

What is toxic white feminism 

Black Trans Women Seek More Space in the Movement They Helped Start

Black Trans Lives Matter

The New York Times’s video, A Conversation With Black Women on Race

Conversation with Black Women on Race