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Allyship Guide

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Allyship Guide

We stand in solidarity with Black, indigenous, and people of color in the United States and abroad. We believe in working toward a more equal and just future. Allyship is a way of life, and we are committed. To learn more about what we are doing to be better allies, or to learn more about how to become a better ally yourself, please see our Allyship Guide.


We grieve with the rest of the country for the  lives that have needlessly been lost to racial prejudice and systematic oppression. 
Allyship is a lifestyle, and we are committed.
We are compiling a list of resources of anti-racism books, articles, blogs, organizations, classes, and leaders to follow and learn from.
Donate if you can, but most of all, educate yourself so that you will be empowered to have the uncomfortable and sometimes painful conversations necessary to help overcome our history of oppression. 
Our silence is betrayal, our inaction makes us complicit.  We need each other. We are all in this together. 

Table of Contents

  • Articles and Guides
  • Books
  • Resources for Children and Parents
  • Videos
  • Leaders
  • Organizations
  • Black-Owned bookstores
  • Vocabulary
  • Black-Owned Businesses

    Articles + Guides

    Anti-Racism Resource Guide

    How to be an Anti-Racist from Aspen Ideas Festival featuring Ibram X. Kendi

    Blue Telusma - An Open Letter to My White ‘Friends’ Who Remain Silent

    Melanie S. Morrison - Becoming Trustworthy White Allies 

    Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Case for Reparations

    Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List

    75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice 

    Listening to Black Voices Amid Murder, Violence, Protest, and Pandemic


    How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

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

    How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M Fleming

    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr Joy Degruy

    The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

    I’m Still Here. Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. By Austin Channing Brown

    The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

    Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

    Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America Edited by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter Gooden PhD

    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    White Spaces Missing Faces: Why Women of Color Don’t Trust White Women by Catrice Jackson

    Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal

    The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

    America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis

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

    Blind Spot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

    An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

    Mindful of Race by Ruth King

    Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson

    Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

    Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

    This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

    Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum


    Resources For Children and Parents


    Anti-Racism Guide for Parents, Children, and Educators

    How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism


    Anti-Racist Baby

    Teach Your Dragon About Diversity

    A Kids Books About Racism

    We're Different, We're the Same

    Not My Idea

    Black is a Rainbow Color



    There's no such thing as "not racist"

    Reparations for Slavery

    Why There's No Such Thing as Reverse Racism

    Anti-Racism Experiment That Transformed an Oprah Show Audience


    Opal Temeti Social Website

    Alicia Garza Social Website

    bell hooks Social Website Buy the Books

    Ibram X. Kendi  Social  Website  Buy the Books

    Luvvie Ajayi Jones Social  Website Buy the Book

    Chloé Valdary Social  Website 

    Coleman Hughes Social  Website

    Melissa Harris-Perry Social Website

    Van Jones Social Website 

    Ava DuVernay Social Website 

    Rachel Cargle Social Website 

    Roxane Gay  Social  Website Buy the Books

    Lettie Shumate Social Website Listen to the Podcast

    Robin DiAngelo Website Buy the Book 

    Layla Saad Social  Website Buy the Book

    Michelle Alexander Social  Website   Buy the Book

    Crystal M. Fleming Social   Website   Buy the Book

    Jemar Tisby Social   Website   Buy the Book

    Austin Channing Brown Social   Website   Buy the Book

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Social Website Ted Talk 1 Ted Talk 2 Ted Talk 3

    Erica Chidi Cohen Social Website

    ShiShi Rose Social Website 

    Amanda Seales Social Listen to the Podcast

    Sunny Hostin Social Website

    Angela Rye Social  Listen to the Podcast

    Dena Crowder Social Website Ted Talk

    Susan Burton Social  Website  Buy the Book

    Jane Elliott  Website 

    Benjamin Crump Social 

    Dr. Joy Harden Bradford Social Website Listen to the Podcast

    Lee Merritt Social 

    Audre Lorde Social Website Buy the Books

    Jemele Hill Social Listen to the Podcast 

    Joy-Ann Reid Social Website Buy the Books

    Tim Wise Social Website Listen to the Podcast

    Jen Winston Social 

    Mimi Zhu Social

    Rachel Ricketts Social Website

    Staci Jordan Shelton Social Website

    Ta-Nehisi Coates Social Website Buy the Book 

    Andrea Ranae Johnson Social Listen to the Podcast

    Dr Ateh Jewel Social 

    Sonya Renee Taylor Social  Website

    Speaking of Racism Social Listen to the Podcast


    Organizations & Groups

    NAACP Social Website 

    ACLU Social Website

    Southern Poverty Law Center Social Website

    Color of Change Social Website 

    Black Lives Matter Social Website

    United Negro College Fund Social Website

    The Sentencing Project Social Website

    A New Way of Life Social Website

    Hollaback! Social Website

    Dream Defenders Social Website

    No White Saviors Social Website

    Witness Social Website

    The Conscious Kid Social Website

    Check Your Privilege Social Website

    Showing Up For Racial Justice Website

    Real Talk: WOC & Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression 

    Minnesota Freedom Fund


    Black-Owned Bookstores 

    Brave and Kind Books (Decatur, GA)

    Semicolon (Chicago, IL)

    Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN)

    Afriware Books (Maywood, IL)

    Detroit Book City (Detroit, MI)

    Mahogany Books (Washington, DC)

    Uncle Bobbie's (Philadelphia, PA)

    Hakim's Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA)

    Ashay By The Bay (Bay Area, CA)

    Eso Won Books (Los Angeles, CA)

    The Lit Bar (Bronx, NY)

    Cafe Con Libros (Brooklyn, NY)

    Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury, MA)


    Vocabulary + Glossary

    For a full glossary, please see Racial Equality Tools. We added some we thought were especially important. 

    Respectability Politics

    From How to be an Anti-Racist: Respectability politics aim to counter stereotypes by visibly embodying their antithesis — if you’re seen acting “respectably”, they’ll respect you. Members of stereotyped minority groups use respectability politics to create a positive counter-narrative, but critics say it’s not an oppressed group’s responsibility to answer for their own oppression. 

    This refers to times when people of privilege refuse to listen to the words coming from a BIPOC, and instead respond only to the way it was said. Usually involves White people using criticism like, “that’s too loud,” or “that’s improper English,” when responding to legitimate complaints or statements by BIPOC. 

    As an extension, this could also be applied to people of privilege ignoring the protests’ call for justice, and instead complain about the looting.

    Implicit Bias

    From Racial Equality Tools: Also known as unconscious or hidden bias, implicit biases are negative associations that people unknowingly hold. They are expressed automatically, without conscious awareness. Many studies have indicated that implicit biases affect individuals’ attitudes and actions, thus creating real-world implications, even though individuals may not even be aware that those biases exist within themselves. Notably, implicit biases have been shown to trump individuals’ stated commitments to equality and fairness, thereby producing behavior that diverges from the explicit attitudes that many people profess. The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is often used to measure implicit biases with regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and other topics.

    Cognitive Dissonance

    a psychological term describing the uncomfortable tension that may result from having conflicting thoughts or beliefs at the same time or engaging in behavior that conflicts with those beliefs


    From Racial Equality Tools: When people act to perpetuate oppression or prevent others from working to eliminate oppression.

    Example: Able-bodied people who object to strategies for making buildings accessible because of the expense.

    White Privilege

    From Racial Equality Tools

    1. Refers to the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed on people solely because they are white. Generally white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.
    2. Structural White Privilege: A system of white domination that creates and maintains belief systems that make current racial advantages and disadvantages seem normal. The system includes powerful incentives for maintaining white privilege and its consequences, and powerful negative consequences for trying to interrupt white privilege or reduce its consequences in meaningful ways. The system includes internal and external manifestations at the individual, interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels. 
    • The accumulated and interrelated advantages and disadvantages of white privilege that are reflected in racial/ethnic inequities in life-expectancy and other health outcomes, income and wealth and other outcomes, in part through different access to opportunities and resources. These differences are maintained in part by denying that these advantages and disadvantages exist at the structural, institutional, cultural, interpersonal and individual levels and by refusing to redress them or eliminate the systems, policies, practices, cultural norms and other behaviors and assumptions that maintain them.
    • Interpersonal White Privilege: Behavior between people that consciously or unconsciously reflects white superiority or entitlement. 
    • Cultural White Privilege: A set of dominant cultural assumptions about what is good, normal or appropriate that reflects Western European white world views and dismisses or demonizes other world views. 
    • Institutional White Privilege: Policies, practices and behaviors of institutions -- such as schools, banks, non-profits or the Supreme Court -- that have the effect of maintaining or increasing accumulated advantages for those groups currently defined as white, and maintaining or increasing disadvantages for those racial or ethnic groups not defined as white. The ability of institutions to survive and thrive even when their policies, practices and behaviors maintain, expand or fail to redress accumulated disadvantages and/or inequitable outcomes for people of color.

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