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Antiracism Resources at Paul Robeson Library: Getting Started
Resources for opposing racism.
Starting Your Research
This guide is intended as a starting point for research on Antiracism with a focus on sources that are available at Rutgers. It is a work in progress and will be updated regularly as new sources are identified and/or become available.
Antiracism is the practice of identifying, challenging, and changing the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism.
Research on Antiracism is interdisciplinary and this guide is a general introduction. For further assistance with more specific resources contact a Subject Librarian or see our Research Guides.
This guide highlights the work of Work of Nikole Hannah-Jones. These selections include both her focus on school segregation and the 1619 project. This guide supports an upcoming virtual event with the author.
The books showcased on this guide are a sampling of the research that has been devoted to the many interdisciplinary and intersectional issues on race in America. All the books included in this guide are available online through Rutgers Libraries. .
Black Thought and Culture offers the full text of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writing by leading figures in African American life and culture, including Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and hundreds of others. One of the collection’s major features is the complete run of the Black Panther newspaper, 1966- 1980. Another highlight is a wide selection of abolitionists' writings from the nineteenth century.
See above Anti-Racist Resources guide for additional titles and information on accessing electronic books.
Antiracism Inc., co-edited by Felice Blake, Paula Ioanide, and Alison Reed, traces the ways people along the political spectrum appropriate, incorporate, and neutralize antiracist discourses to perpetuate injustice.
In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves
This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Outside of prisons, a web of laws and regulations discriminates against these wrongly convicted ex-offenders in voting, housing, employment and education. Alexander here offers an urgent call for justice.
George Lipsitz's classic book The Possessive Investment in Whiteness argues that public policy and private prejudice work together to create a possessive investment in whiteness that is responsible for the racialized hierarchies of our society.
A powerful study illuminates our nation's collective civic fault lines Recent events have turned the spotlight on the issue of race in modern America, and the current cultural climate calls out for more research, education, dialogue, and understanding.
Seeing Race Again documents the profoundly contradictory role of the academy in constructing, naturalizing, and reproducing racial hierarchy. It shows how colorblindness compromises the capacity of disciplines to effectively respond to the wide set of contemporary political, economic, and social crises marking public life today.
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.
White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slave‑owning women, Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social conventions of slaveholding America.
Witnessing Whiteness invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations.
A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. From the widely revered and legendary political activist and scholar Angela Davis.
“We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the
great power of our demand.” – Paul Robeson
The library is named for civil rights activist and Rutgers graduate Paul Robeson. We recognize the legacy of his voice speaking up and out against racism. Learn more about Paul Robeson and his Antiracist activism here:
In Paul Robeson, Gerald Horne discovers within Robeson's remarkable and revolutionary life the story of the twentieth century's great political struggles: against racism, against colonialism, against poverty--and for international socialism. This critical and searching biography provides an opportunity for readers to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of the revolutionary progressive movement of which Robeson was not just a part, but perhaps its most resonant symbol.
The mission of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC) is to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. Our research and policy work is deliberately antiracist. We consider racist policies and ideas, and not certain racial groups, to be the racial problem. We strive to build an antiracist society of racial equity and justice.
A list of suggested authors. Links go to Rutgers University Libraries catalog items written by the author that are available electronically. You can also search the catalog for additional items about the author, and search our databases for additional materials by and about the author.
Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
"The books are there, they’ve always been there, yet the lists keep coming, bathing us in the pleasure of a recommendation. But that’s the thing about the reading. It has to be done."
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist—we must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis, 1979
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This list is by no means comprehensive, nor is it intended as such. It is a work in progress. Suggested sources are most welcome. Antiracist work involves learning and listening and I welcome any feedback that will help enhance this guide.
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