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Anti-Racism Educational Resources

Compiled by the Office of Multicultural and Identity Programs

Updated June 3, 2020

Babson College is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for all community members and seeks to honor its institutional value of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The news of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and countless other Black individuals has had devastating impacts on the wellbeing and livelihood of Black individuals.

We are aware that experiences involving racial bias, discrimination, and violence both at Babson and within our global community have profoundly negative implications on those impacted by these acts as well as those committing such harmful acts. It is imperative that Babson commits to ongoing learning and growth in an effort to honor the worth and dignity of all people within and outside of our community.

As an institution committed to learning and growth, we have created this guide for all community members to review and use for their continued education around race and anti-racism. Below you will find a rough list of resources that we recommend that you consider reviewing for your own learning and development. This guide will be updated periodically as we acquire additional resources that will be of use to the community.

NOTE: This list is not all-encompassing and not a complete picture of the resource available for perusal. Also, while some of the resources are free, some may require additional purchase, so please bear this in mind as you review this document. This list is also a combination of resources reviewed by the creators as well as those recommended by other resource curators.

If there is a resource not listed that you would recommend that we add, we invite you to email us at multicultural@babson.edu with recommendations.

Recommended Books

35 Dumb Things Well Intended People Say by Maura J. Cullen
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
American Lynching by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority by Ellen D. Wu
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (editor)
Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction by Terrance MacMullan
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy by Andrea Flynn, Susan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren & Felicia J. Wong
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Intersectionality by Patricia Hill Collins & Sirma Bilge
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz
Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data by Julie Park
The Racial Healing Handbook - Annaliese A. Singh
Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa (editors)
This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katzelson
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Articles, Short Readings & Educational Guides

“5 Steps Latinos Can Take to Combat Anti-Blackness” - Andrew S. Vargas (Remezcla)
“12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest” - Felicia Fitzpatrick (Shine)
The 1619 Project (New York Times)
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets (Issuu)
“America’s Racial Contract is Killing Us” - Adam Serwer (The Atlantic)
“#BlackDisabledLivesMatter: Why We Need to Talk About Both Race and Disability When Addressing Police Brutality” - Britney Wilson (The Nation)
“Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Explained” - Shammara Lawrence (Teen Vogue)
The Combahee River Collective Statement
“For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies” - Courtney Ariel (Sojourners)
”The Four Bodies: A Holistic Toolkit for Coping with Racial Trauma” - Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu (Medium)
“From White Privilege to the Development of the Adult Mind” [Blog post] - John Monaghan (All Aces, Inc.)
“George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?” - Alia E. Dastagir (USA Today)
“How to Respond to ‘Riots Never Solve Anything!’” [Blog post] - Rafi D’Angelo
“The Intersectionality Wars” - Jane Coaston (Vox)
”Maintaining Professionalism In the Age of Black Death Is...A Lot” - Shenequa Golding (Medium)
”The Massacre of Black Wall Street” - Natalie Chang (The Atlantic/HBO)
“My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest” - Lori Lakin Hutcherson (Yes! Magazine)
“On the 99th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, American Still Has a Long Way to Go” - Yesha Callahan (Essence Magazine)
“Riots Are Destructive, Dangerous, and Scary—But Can Lead to Serious Social Reforms” - German Lopez (Vox)
“A Sociologist Explains the ‘White Fragility’ That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism” - Katy Waldman (The New Yorker)
”Stop focusing on looting in Minneapolis. Be outraged that the police keep killing black men” [Editorial] (L.A. Times)
”A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed Up’-rising” - Michael Harriot (The Root)
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups [PDF] - Craig Elliott PhD
“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” - Frederick Douglass (Teaching American History)
”Where Is the Outrage for Breonna Taylor?” - Renee Nishawn Scott (Medium)
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” - Peggy McIntosh
”Who Gets to be Afraid in America?” - Ibram X. Kendi (The Atlantic)
“Why Are the Protesters Being Framed as the Problem? White Supremacy.” - Britni de la Cretaz (Refinery29)
“Why You Should Stop Saying ‘All Lives Matter,’ Explained in 9 Different Ways” - German Lopez (Vox)
“Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not” - Danielle Cadet (Refinery29)

Films and TV Series

“13th” - Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
“Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975” - Goran Olsson
“Dear White People” [Film] - Justin Simien (Lionsgate)
“Dear White People” [TV series] - Justin Simien (Netflix)
“I Am Not Your Negro” - Raoul Peck (Magnolia Pictures)
“Just Mercy” - Dustin Daniel Crefton (Warner Bros.)
“Selma” - Ava DuVernay (Paramount)
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” - Stanley Nelson, Jr. (PBS)
“The Hate U Give” - George Tillman, Jr. (20th Century Fox)
“When They See Us” - Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

Babson Courses

African American History and Foodways (CVA2002)
African American Literature (LVA2010)
African American Music in the U.S (CVA2030)
African Diaspora Studies (CVA2031)
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (LAW3661)
Critical Race and Indigenous Studies (POL4630)
Current Issues in Latin American Fiction and Film (HUM4611)
Decolonization and Revolution in the 20th Century (HSS2025)
Food and the African American Canon (CVA2090)
Immigrants, Race and the American Promise (CVA2426)
International Human Rights Law (LAW3602)
Latin American History (HSS2003)
The Making of Modern America, 1865-1929 (HSS2000)
Native American Literature (LVA2081)
Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (CVA2035)
The Personal is Political: Gender in Modern US History (HIS4674)
Racial Identity and Racism at Work: A U.S. Context (MOB3585)
Radical Politics: Thought, Action, and Culture (CVA2033)
Seminar in Human Rights (HUM4600)
South Asian History (HSS2006)