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Anti-Racism

A guide with resources on being actively anti-racist, combating implicit biases, promoting diversity, belonging, and equity, and examining racism in STEM and the laboratory.

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From NPR's This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea:

To help people be better allies, lists of antiracist books, films and podcasts are being published in droves. There's never a bad time to learn, but such a list can become erroneously prescriptive, a balm to centuries-old lacerations that cut deeper than the individual reader. As Lauren Michele Jackson wrote for Vulture, "The word [anti-racism] and its nominal equivalent, "anti-racist," suggests something of a vanity project, where the goal is no longer to learn more about race, power, and capital, but to spring closer to the enlightened order of the antiracist."

[...] Information is power — you decide what you do with it.

Anti-Racist Reading List

Availability note: Some of these titles can be found in the LANL Research Library's online catalog (access locked to LANL employees only). Additional diversity, equity, and inclusion titles can also be found in the RL online catalog as of August 2021.

If you do not have access to LANL's electronic book collection, or if there is a book you cannot find in the collection, you can request a physical or electronic copy from your local public library. Library apps such as Hoopla and Overdrive can be used to request that local public libraries purchase e-books of any of these titles if they are not currently available. For more information, see the 'how to recommend titles' page on Overdrive.

Services such as WorldCat are available to check if a library near you has a physical or electronic copy of any of the materials on this guide.

 

  • Chugh, Dolly and Bock, Lazlo (2018). The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias.
  • Katz, Judith H. (1978). White Awareness: Handbook For Anti-Racism Training.
  • Khan-Cullors, Patrisse (2007). When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.
  • Lowery, Wesley (2016). They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.
  • Menakem, Resamaa. (2017). My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and Mending Our Bodies and Hearts.
  • Oluo, Ijeoma. (2019). So You Want to Talk About Race.
  • Steele, Claude M. (2010). Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us.
  • Stevenson, Bryan (2014). Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
  • Ward, Jessamyn. (2013).  Men We Reaped: A Memoir.
  • Baldwin, James (1953). Go Tell It On The Mountain.
  • Gyasi, Yaa (2016). Homecoming.
  • Jones, Tayari (2018). An American Marriage.
  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved (1987) and The Bluest Eye (1970).
  • Whitehead, Colson (2019). The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad (2016). 
  • Woodson, Jacqueline (2019). Red At The Bone.
  • Wright, Richard. (1940). Native Son. 

Implicit bias/science communications and the workplace:


Middle Grade literature:

  • Alexander, Kwane (2014). The Crossover.
  • Craft, Jerry (2019). New Kid.
  • Ramée, Lisa Moore (2015). A Good Kind of Trouble.
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker (2018). Ghost Boys.

Young Adult literature:

  • Callender, Kacen (2020). Felix Ever After.
  • Coles, Jay (2018). Tyler Johnson Was Here.
  • Medina, Tony (2017). I Am Alfonso Jones.
  • Oshiro, Mark (2018). Anger Is A Gift.
  • Reynolds, Jason (2015). All American Boys.
  • Stone, Nic (2017). Dear Martin
  • Thomas, Aiden (2020). Cemetery Boys.
  • Thomas, Angie (2017). The Hate U Give.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline (1998). If You Come Softly and Behind You (2004).

Intersectionality

Intersectionality: The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. (Lexico)

 

  • Asian American Feminist Collective (2020). “Asian American Feminist Antibodies: Care in the Time of Coronavirus” - online zine.
  • Anzaldúa, Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1999). Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.
  • Bell, Christopher M. (2012). Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions.
  • Connor, David J., et al. (2015). DisCrit―Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education.
  • Crenshaw, Kimerle (018). On Intersectionality: The Essential Writings of Kimberle Crenshaw.
  • Davis, Angela Y. (1983). Women, Race, and Class.
  • Gay, Roxane (2014). Bad Feminist.
  • Moraga, Cherrie (1981). This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (2003). Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity.
  • New York Public Library (2019). The Stonewall Reader.

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