Anti-Racist Path & Resource List 

“As we mourn and seek justice for the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop and Tony McDade (to name but a few), many black people such as myself are wondering: what will happen when the news cycle is over, the social justice memes are no longer posted, and the declarations for inclusivity, diversity and “doing the work” have died down? What happens when white people, momentarily awoken from the comfortable slumber of white privilege by this moment of unignorable protest, go back to sleep? How do we actually create an anti-racist world and rid ourselves of this sickness and system of white supremacy, when the people who benefit from it are not showing up to do the work?” 

-Layla F. Saad, Do the work: an anti-racist reading list 

As we work to dismantle racism that is deeply embedded within our institution, including within the institution’s very foundation, we must also consistently engage in learning and unlearning. Quite a few readings lists have been created to recommend resources about race, racism, whiteness, and white supremacy,  such as this resource compiled by #shutdownacademia and this resource compiled by Rachel Ricketts. We, as the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives staff, wanted to highlight a few of the resources that we recommend to you as you continue your anti-racism work.

Please remember that, while we are able to read books, listen to podcasts, etc., if you are not a person of color, your intellectual understanding of racism is not nearly the same as people of color’s real, lived experiences with racism. 

Anti-Racist Path: Series for dialogue, skill-building, and action

Please see the Anti-Racism Resource List for relevant links to educational resources. Please contact Lynn Lammers with any questions or concerns. 

So many Spartans feel ready to challenge racism at MSU, but don’t know where to start. We want to take swift, decisive action. But when we’re at the beginning of the long path toward dismantling racism, there is a danger that in our urgency we may cause harm. As we take our first steps, we have to invest in deepening our knowledge and skills. Emotional resilience is particularly important, as this will be a lifelong path. In this program, we will draw on the wisdom of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color thinkers, scholars, organizers, etc. across the country and around the world who have been engaged in this work for a long time, as their work will help us carve out our own individual paths.

Following these sessions, participants will:

  • A fundamental understanding of all levels of racism and how racism functions in our lives.
  • Emotional resilience & courage building skills to sustain individuals in this work.
  • Tools & practice exercises that will help you identify & intervene on racism at all levels.
  • A community of Spartans that can support each other and hold each other accountable after the series concludes.
  • A framework for planning the next steps in your individual anti-racist path

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Instructors: Lynn Lammers, Lisa Laughman, Samuel Saldivar, Philip Seaborn & more to be named

Additional Facilitators: Angela Hall, Jackie Heymann, Kendra Pyle, Devin Silvia, Patti Stewart, Eric Walcott, Lydia Weiss, Kent Workman, and more to be named.

Time Commitment:

This is a twelve-week series in three Stepping Stones (see outline below). At this time you can commit to the first Stepping Stone, which is five weeks, the first two, or all three Stepping Stones. If you can only commit to the first Stepping Stone during Spring Semester 2021, you can sign up for the second and third during subsequent semesters.

Pre-requisite Activities:

Before the series begins, we will send you a list of resources to kickstart your learning, as well as a video from the presenters giving you the critical information you need to know before we dive in. On January 20, 2021, 3-4 p.m., we’ll have a preliminary small group dialogue so we can build community and prime ourselves for the experience.

Stepping Stone 1: Encounter

This stone is focused on increasing our knowledge of structural, organizational, interpersonal, and personal racism and how they function in our lives.

Session 1: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 3: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 4: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 5: Wednesday, March 3, 3-4:30 p.m.

Stepping Stone 2: Engage

This stone will introduce you to key emotional resilience skills that will help you stay on the anti-racist path even when it is painful, difficult, and challenging.

Session 1: Wednesday, March 10,3-4:30 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, March 17, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 3: Wednesday, March 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 4: Wednesday, March 31, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 5: Wednesday, April 7, 3-4:30 p.m.

Stepping Stone 3: Empower

In this stone, we practice interventions and write a plan for our personal anti-racist journeys going forward.

Session 1: Wednesday, April 14, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, April 21, 3-4:30 p.m.

It is imperative that participants attend all sessions to which they commit for the semester.

Please contact Lynn Lammers with any questions or concerns: lammersl@msu.edu

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Books 

(please consider supporting a Black-owned bookstore)

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks
  • Identity Consciousness Supervision by Robert Brown, Shruti Desi, and Craig Elliott (available online through MSU Library)
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
  • Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Everday Bias by Howard Ross
  • Campus Uprisings by Ty-Ron M.O. Douglas, Kmt G. Shockley, Ivory Toldson
  • Blackhood Against the Police Power by Tyron P. Woods
  • The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
  • Making All Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • Can We Talk About Race? By Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Campus Counterspaces by Micere Keels
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem
  • Toxic Ivory Towers by Ruth Enid Zambrana
  • Microaggressions and Marginality by Derald Wing Sue
  • Critical Race Theory by Kimberle Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas
  • Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
  • We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love
  • White Working Class by Joan Williams
  • We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Articles

 Podcasts

  • NPR’s Code Switch
  • New York Time’s 1619
  • Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Good Ancestor Podcast with Layla Saad

 Movies and Videos

Local Black-led Organizations to Follow

National Organizations to Follow

Hashtags to Follow

  • #blackintheivory
  • #sayhername