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Racial Justice Resource Guide

Over the past two years, NJJN staff have been meeting regularly to review and discuss racial justice materials. Below is a brief list of some of the materials we have reviewed. We will continue to add to it and be sure to let us know if you have any recommendations.


  • The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, June 2014. A long, powerful piece laying out the ways in which American society has continued to oppress people of color even as its official rhetoric has become more inclusive, and the moral imperative to stop ignoring the sins of the past -- and present.
  • “Structural Racism and Community Building” – document by The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. Discusses structural racism – historic and contemporary, and what this means for community building and related social justice work.

Blog Posts


  • “Anti-Racist Organizational Development,” from Dismantling Racism Resource Book (Portland, OR: Western States Center, 2003). Offers a useful rubric to help organizations move from an “all white club” to an anti-racist organization.
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving. The author unpacks her own experience of waking up to her whiteness with short prompts and exercises at the end of each chapter to help white readers explore the themes in depth in relation to their own experience.


  •   “Ijeoma Oluo: ‘I Am Drowning in Whiteness’” Seattle writer Ijeoma Oluo discusses how everything we do in this country I steeped in whiteness. Urges white people to see their whiteness as a system of oppression.

  • “Interview with John A. Powell” – edited transcript of an interview with Dr. Powell, a nationally recognized scholar on race, poverty, and regional equity. Fascinating discussion from 2003 that covers a range of topics from how race is socially constructed to the stories about race we tell now.


  • The Implicit Association Test (IAT) – measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. There are tests covering a number of different topics including race and skin-tone.


  • "Facing our Racial Past," Khalil Muhummad

  • “Can We Talk About Whiteness?” – the first Code Switch podcast. Discusses how we talk (and don’t talk) about whiteness and why it’s so hard to do.

  • Did Slavery End in 1865?” (3:40 minute video) Bryan Stevenson makes the case that slavery -- particularly in the form of terrorist violence against black people -- did not end in 1865; he discusses his new museum memorializing thousands of victims of lynching, and his plan to pressure states into acknowledging that history.

  • Slavery in Effect: A History Design Studio Briefing” (8:22 minute video) - A kaleidoscopic look at the historical relationship between slavery and mass incarceration of people of color, from the perspective of multiple historians.

  • "The Future of Race in America," Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus