- A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Alicia Garza discusses how the Black Lives Matter movement came about and the co-optation/theft that resulted during its formation.
- "BIPOC" Isn't Doing What You Think It's Doing
Andrea Plaid and Christopher MacDonald-Dennis
While well intentioned, the use of the term BIPOC doesn't carry the same message that "peope of color" does in terms of uniting minorites against white supremacy.
- 4 charts that show the bias against women of color at nonprofits
Discusses how bias shows up at nonprofits and works to discriminate against people of color.
- How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women
Discusses racism, particularly anti-black racism, within the beginnings of the women's suffrage movement in the US.
- College Admissions and the Erasure of White Mediocrity In Academia
Discusses the macro aggressions Black people face when discussing their education at various universities with no People of Color and how people try to make POC feel small in the presence of their excellence.
- How Whiteness Works: JAMA and the Refusals of White Supremacy
Discusses white supremacy in the medical establishment and beyond.
- Lessons on Allyship from the Fight Behind Colorado's 'Personhood' Movement
Offers an overview on racism and liberation for campaign organizers and others working to create social change.
- I’m Exhausted From Trying To Be The ‘Right’ Kind Of Black Girl At Work (Huff Post personal)
Example of a woman of color's lived experience at work.
- The Women Behind White Power
Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
The history of white women's involvement in white power movements, often obscured by analysis of these movements.
- Awake to Woke to Work
Equity in the Center
Longform resource on driving racial equity within an organization.
- Skin In The Game: How Anti-Semitism Animates White Nationalism
Describes how antisemitism forms the theoretical core of white nationalism, and how the system of racism works within white nationalist groups.
- The Ten Commandments of Fakequity
This piece provides ten examples of what 'fakequity' - 'fake equity' - looks like, and offers suggestions of what to and not to do in terms of mindfulness while being white and dealing with equity and equality.
- The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
"The Sum of Us” is predicated on the idea that little will change until white people realize what racism has cost them too.
- 8 Ways People of Color Are Tokenized in Nonprofits
Helen Kim Ho
Breaks down what tokenization looks like in nonprofit organizations, and how it is mistakenly not seen by white professionals as racism.
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race
Ted Talk discussion on why discussing race is important and how to get comfortable with it.
- White Supremacy is Bad for the Jews. Let’s Be Bad for White Supremacy
Discusses how and why Jewish people and communities need to play a role in dismantling white supremacy.
- For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building on Fire
Shows white women how to unlearn the biases and white savior complexes to be in true solidarity with woman of color and listen to their stories.
- 4 Ways White People Can Process Their Emotions Without Bringing the White Tears
Advice for white people to process their own thoughts and emotions about race without centering themselves in conversations.
- What White Jews Can Learn from Charlottesville About White Nationalism
Discusses how deeply intertwined anti-semitism and white supremacy are, and how Jewish experiences of anti-semitism can and should fuel anti-racism efforts.
- Beyonce's Black History Month Collage Teaches Us a Powerful Lesson (HuffPo Black Voices)
Jolie A. Doggett
Discusses how Black history month is also about Black futures, especially in terms of how it could be a good time to discuss whether and how organizations honor this month.
- Diversity and Authenticity (Harvard Business Review)
Katherine W. Phillips, Tracy L. Dumas, and Nancy P. Rothbard
Considers how to effectively deal with racial differences in the workplace.
- How to Be a True Anti-Racist
Discusses how to actively be anti-racist and how it requires more than just claiming to be an ally.
- A Sociologist Examines the White Fragility That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism
A review of Robin DiAngelo's book, "White Fragility," that includes an analysis of how white fragility keeps many white people from confronting racism, their own and others
- "Dear White Boss..."
Keith A. Caver and Ancella B. Livers
Reviews the differences in the work place for people of color and white people and how some of the challenges people of different identities face are similar but also vastly different.
- White Supremacy Culture
Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun
An overview of white supremacy and the ways it is engrained in western society.
- My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest
Lori Lakin Hutcherson
A woman of color describes some of the ways institutional racism has impacted her life.
- 3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In
Maisha Z. Johnson
On the strategies of "calling in" and "calling out."
- My White Boss Talked About Race in America and This is What Happened
In this piece, the author shares her experiences as a Black woman in the white-dominated field of technology -- and the difference it made to her when her white supervisor talked about racism and the recent killings of Black and Brown people. She also offers suggestions to white readers about how they can show up differently and better for their co-workers of color.
- The Time Has Come for White Women to Move Beyond Lip Service: Toward an Anti-Racist Professional Ethics for White Women’s Studies Directors
Merri Lisa Johnson
Discusses how to be an actual ally as a white woman and uplift Black voices instead of using your own.
- #NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist
Highlights some of the common phrases white people use to try to demonstrate that they are not racist, only to reveal just how racist white people are being by using them.
- If you want a truly equitable workplace, you must get over fear of conflict
Mimi Fox Melton and Karla Monterroso
Two women of color leaders - one Black and the other Latino/a/x - explore the strategies they used to create an equitable workplace for themselves and other people of color.
- Choosing a school for my daughter in a segregated city (NY Times)
An historical perspective on how segregated New York, one of the most diverse cities in the world, still is within its education system. The author brings history into the present to offer her perspectives on what needs to happen for there to be true equity in the educational system in the U.S.
- The Color of Law
Focusing on post-Reconstruction racial segregation in the United States, the book provides a history of subsidized housing, the phenomenons of white flight and blockbusting, and the concept of racial covenants, which all factor into the history of housing segregation in America.
- How To Do Intersectionality
An overview of intersectionality as a lens for analysis.
- How White People Handle Diversity Trainings in the Workplace
Robin DiAngelo discussed white fragility especially as it relates to how white folks show up when confronted about our own racism.
- How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour.
How white women's tears are one the most deadly weapons to people in the black community and how white women will use the tears to avoid accountability.
- Microaggressions Matter
Author discusses the impact of microaggressions using personal experiences from time at Oberlin College.
- White Women Aren’t Afraid of Black People. They Want Power
Discusses how white woman fight to assert their dominance in whatever ways they can even if it is at the expense of Black individuals and communities.
- From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: The Lifelong Journey
Tema Okun describes the ladder that white folks climb/fall from/re-climb on the journey to anti-racism. A helpful overview of different stages of that journey. This article is aimed at white people.
- The ‘heartbreaking’ decrease in black homeownership
The Trump administration rolled back numerous protections to prevent housing discrimination and force communities to desegregate (re: all-white communities who don’t want to allow people of color in their neighborhoods). Studies have found that first-time black home buyers are often not told about incentive programs that can save them money, or get them a more affordable mortgage.
- The subtle racism of expecting people and communities of color to always get along
This post is one of many by Vu Le as part of his blog "Nonprofit AF." He is not shy about calling out nonprofit leadership, as well as funders, around racism and other -isms, including funders and the funding structure.
- On Whiteness: Positionality, Sacrifice, and Collective Responsibility
Discusses whiteness and the different levels in which white people use their skin color to their advantage whether knowingly or unknowingly.
- White Supremacy Culture
Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun
A list of characteristcs of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations.
- White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It's not.
- White People are Broken
First-person account of a heterosexual, white cis-woman; some of her own realizations and calls to action for other white people.
- Why White School Districts Have So Much More Money
In 2018, a lawsuit filed in New Jersey claimed that state's schools are some of the most segregated in the nation. That's because, the lawsuit alleged, New Jersey school district borders are drawn along municipality lines that reflect years of residential segregation.
- White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture
Heather Laine Talley
Offers examples of problematic dynamics around race, power and privilege in nonprofits, along with suggestions for how to avoid/change these dynamics.
- White People Are Still Raised to be Racially Illiterate
Short piece by Robin DiAngelo; much more in her book, "White Fragility"
- They Push. They Protest. And Many Activists, Privately, Suffer as a Result (NY Times)
Spotlights the effects of stress on activists of color.
- Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People
There is a range of feelings about whether there should be white-only, BIPoC-only spaces or any single-racial-identity spaces for working to dismantle racism, and strong feelings about whether there should or should not be. This is one of many articles supporting the concept of white people doing this work independent of BIPoC; we recommend reading others the support alternative views as well.