Antiracism Resources for Allies
Address your biases so you can be a better scientist and help dismantle white supremacy
Below is a scaffolding of anti-racism resources to facilitate growth for allies and, eventually, accomplices for anti-racist work.
As you explore these resources, try to purchase books directly from authors or local bookstores, especially those owned by Black people, Indigenous people, or people of color (BIPOC). Note that the stages below are cyclical and often overlap. Recognize that growth is continual, and you may need to revisit previous stages.
- I don’t intentionally or consciously act in racist ways.
- I mostly talk to people who look and think like me.
Read and listen to resources created by BIPOC. Financially compensate them for educating you.
Increase exposure to real-world experiences that make your whiteness and the privilege that comes with it apparent.
- I understand racism is a problem, but I don’t see my role in ending it.
- I am uncomfortable talking about race and feel guilty for having privilege.
Stay engaged! Sit with your feelings and don’t let discomfort stop you.
Notice your actions and inactions around race-related issues. Continue to educate yourself about racial inequality and bias.
- I get defensive about my biases and knowledge gaps.
- I want to speak up on behalf of marginalized people, but I’m afraid to make a mistake.
Mistakes will happen because you are human! Correct yourself and remember this work is hard, but necessary.
Review this graph and reflect on your own behaviors and beliefs with curiosity and open-mindedness.
- I hear feedback from a place of curiosity and hold myself accountable.
- I use my privilege to step in the way of racism and actively work against systems of oppression.
Advocate for racial justice. Have conversations about privilege and oppression.
Relinquish power, resources, verbal and physical space, visibility, etc. and redistribute it to BIPOC communities, professionals, etc.
- AAAS’ Talking About Leaving Revisited
- “Oscar-nominated ‘Hidden Figures’ and the ongoing legacy of overlooked contributions in STEM” by Heather Metcalf
- Modern Figures podcast
- “Science must clean up its act” by Heather Metcalf
- “Intersectionality: A Critical Framework for STEM Equity” by Heather Metcalf, Aspen Russell, and Rochelle Williams
- “Creating a shared vocabulary: Intersectionality” by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- Transforming STEM Leadership Culture by Aspen Russell and Heather Metcalf
- Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues by Sandra Harding
- “What I wanted when I called for a Strike for Black Lives” by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- Picture a Scientist
- The Chicana Motherwork Anthology by Cecilia Caballero et al
- Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research by Sandra Harding
- The Courageous Scientist podcast by Kate Clancy
- Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19: Don’t Let Go of Equity by Leslie D. Gonzales and Kimberly Griffin
- Recreating Wakanda by promoting Black excellence in ecology and evolution, by Christopher J. Schell, Cylita Guy, Delia S. Shelton, Shane C. Campbell-Staton, Briana A. Sealey, Danielle N. Lee & Nyeema C. Harris in Nature.
- “Combating Systemic Racism in Higher Education: An Open Letter to STEM from Faculty of Color” authored by Paul H. Barber and tyrone B hayes (and signed by hundreds of faculty of color)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- “Walking While Black” by Garnette Cadogan
- “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” by Audre Lorde
- “When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
- “White Women Doing White Supremacy in Non-Profit Culture” by Heather Lane Talley
- “Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people” by Ijeoma Oluo
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (related teaching guide here)
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- killing rage: ending racism by bell hooks
- White Guys on Campus by Nolan Cabrera
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendi
- Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
- We Want to do More Than Survive by Bettina Love
- So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Loge
- No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty
- Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown
- 1619 by the New York Times
- Intersectionality Matters by Kimberlé Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum
- “How to Be an Anti-racist” by Brené Brown + Ibram X. Kendi
- Racist Sandwich
- “Side Effects of White Women” (Small Doses with Amanda Seales)
- “Well Meaning White People” (Smartest Person in the Room)
- All My Relations by Matika Wilbur and Adrienne Keene
- “A Decade on Watching Black People Die” (Code Switch)
- “How I’m fighting bias in algorithms” TEDTalk by Joy Buolamwini
- The urgency of intersectionality TEDTalk by Kimberle Crenshaw
- “Why Are White People So Bad at Talking About Race?” – short video summarizing the book by Robin DiAngelo