Anti-Racism Resources and Readings

This page is intended to be a resource and to provide perspectives for UNC Asheville’s community on racism, privilege, and oppression. We have also included resources on implicit bias.

In order to make true and meaningful change on racism and racist violence that we see in our country, it is vital for everyone, in particular those in a dominant or majority culture, to research, read, learn and reflect on structural and institutional racism as well as individual acts of racism without relying on black indigenous people of color (BIPOC) to instruct or inform them.

Thank you to Tiece Ruffin and Luke Givens, Co-Chairs of the University Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, for their work on this document.

In partnership with the committee, campus leaders, and alumni, we will continue to add resources to this page. If you would like to recommend resources, please contact alumni@unca.edu.

Anti-Racism Resources

This document is a resource for deepening anti-racism work and includes books, articles, podcasts, movies and social media accounts to learn from. 

Anti-racism resources for white people

 

This is an excellent working document for anti-racism work.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

 

This website is a resource with a wealth of information to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression and equity.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

 

This article is another comprehensive resource for articles, books, talks and movies and social media accounts to follow in order to learn and inform yourself about anti-racism.

A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources

 

These are two informative articles about how some black colleagues may be feeling in the workspace right now.

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot

 

This is a paper published in Ethnicities, a cross-disciplinary academic journal that analyzes burnout of racial justice activists of color and contribution of that burnout by white racial justice activists

Racism, whiteness, and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States

 

This is an article calling on educators to hold themselves individually and to hold others mutually accountable for the repair of our country and race relations.

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression

Implicit Bias

Implicit biases are the result of mental associations (mental shortcuts) that we have formed by direct and indirect messaging we receive throughout our lives.  When we are repeatedly exposed to certain identity groups being paired with certain characteristics, we can begin to automatically and unconsciously associate the identity with the characteristics, whether or not that association aligns with reality. 

Everyone has implicit biases. The best way to combat your own biases is to learn what they are and consciously reflect on them.

Project Implicit is a Harvard-based project that has Implicit Association Tests from a list of different topics. IATs can help create an understanding of your own attitudes or stereotypes.  

Implicit Association Tests

 

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is a research based institute at the Ohio State University.  The Institute’s goal is to educate the public, build the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and invest in efforts that support equity and inclusion through research, engagement, and communication.  Their entire website is an excellent resource. They also have implicit bias presentations.

NEW IMPLICIT BIAS PRESENTATIONS

 

Additional Readings and Resources

How Higher Education Can Fight Racism

Ten Documentaries to Watch About Race

Teaching Tolerance