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What to Read, Watch, and Listen to, to Learn About Racism

Last updated July 6, 2020

Wondering what you can do to better understand this country's systemic racism? We've got you covered with a great list of books, videos and podcasts focused on understanding and addressing racism. Here is a list of free resources to begin with. 

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Reach out to your local library (website, email, phone) for their recommendations on what to read and how to gain access. Many libraries are expanding online resources and many can point you to ebook versions. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Free movies/videos


  • 1619 by the New York Times explores how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present
  • Floodlines by the Atlantic covers the people who lived through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath
  • Code Switch is hosted by journalists of color with conversations about race and how it impacts every part of society from politics, to pop culture, sports, and everything in between, on NPR.
  • Intersectionality Matters! by The African American Policy Forum brings intersectionality to life
  • About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge bestselling author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
  • Tulsa Race Massacre AKA Black Wall Street by American History Tellers

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