“4 Questions About Hair that Black Girls Are Tired of Answering,” Jolie A. Doggett
A discussion and information regarding Black hair and the inappropriate nature of White people’s curiosity. (4 pages)An exploration of how allies can best respond, rather than be defensive. It offers thoughtful and honest reasoning on how to demonstrate true allyship through listening, learning, and being vulnerable. (9 pages)An examination on the importance of art in the time of Black Lives Matter and why its opponents may fear Black, artistic expression. (3 pages)“Bryan Stevenson On What Well Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices,” James McWilliamsAn in-depth interview with Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, that examines racial trauma, segregation and the importance of listening to marginalized populations. (15 pages)“The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates
A thorough, extensive review of Black History in America, as well as a powerfully explored argument for reparations and what “healing” may specifically look like in today’s America. (54 pages)This NPR All Things Considered story discusses the negative impacts of overt and covert racism on mental health. (Audio: 4 minutes)“Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, and Thalia GonzálezA study providing data indicating that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. (23 pages)Speaks to grief as a result of racism and intersectional violence that affects numerous aspects of health, and provides information about anti-oppression psychotherapy (AOP) as a model to help Black clients. Provides 8 self-care tips for Black clients to support their own healing. (3 pages)A comprehensive article on racial trauma, impacts of racial trauma, and interventions to manage trauma. (7 pages)“The Inheritance of Black Poverty: It’s All About the Men,” Scott Winship, Richard V. Reeves, and Katherine GuyotA thorough, in-depth, examination of the role of gender in a system designed to oppress impoverished Black families. (9 pages)"Media portrayals of black men contribute to police violence, Rutgers study says,” Rutgers UniversityA summary of a research study finding that the media’s portrayal of Black men, contributes significantly to the way Police engage with the Black community. (2 pages)Information regarding the significant amount of Black families experiencing homelessness and the systemic failures that perpetuate this statistic. (3 pages)“The Videos that Rocked America. The Song that Knows Our Rage,” Wesley Morris & Patti LaBelle (Essay and podcast):On Patti LaBelle’s song, “If you Don’t Know me By Now,” music as coping, and how music inscribes Black history and racialized violence by a Black/Male/Queer identified culture critic at the New York Times. Song by Black singer/songwriter/actress Patti LaBelle. (Essay 4 pages, Podcast 30 minutes)An in-depth exploration of the ways media portrayals of Black men have adverse effects for the Black community on multiple systemic levels. (3 pages)Discusses the ways that White queer folks contribute to, and should be more mindful of, the ways they also harm black and brown members of the LGBTQ community. (5 pages)A Huffpost article by Josephine Harvey on the history and current practice of naming diseases. (2 pages)A short editorial article provides perspective on the distress and truth about the Black experience during the pandemic and the way White people may be oblivious to it. (2 pages)“Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias,” Janice GassamAddresses the trend of using bias trainings as a fix-all solution, and explores four systemic and structural issues that would foster greater change. (4 pages)
The Collected Schizophrenias , Esmé Weijun Wang : Personal essays by Taiwanese-American artist/writer living with a Schizoaffective Disorder diagnosis and painful encounters with mental health systems including in University mental health care settings. Wang also offers writing workshops and other resources on her website and is a mental health activist. (224 pages)
Heart Berries , Terese Marie Mailhot : Lyric memoir by woman-identified member of Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest, about living with Postraumatic Stress Disorder & Bipolar II disorder as well as histories of racialized violence against Indigenous people. (160 pages)
We the Interwoven Series: Three book series written by people who identify as bicultural who share their testimonials of living in Iowa.
When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz : Poetry collection about family dynamics, trauma, mental illness, and cultural history. Diaz is a Mojave American poet, language activist, former professional basketball player, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. (124 pages)
On the Media, Who is "Karen" and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?
On the Media is a public radio, investigative podcast, and this episode, recorded following the death of George Floyd, explores the growing epidemic of White women calling authorities on Black men. (21 minutes)
Racial Imposter Syndrome: Here Are Your Stories , The Code Switch Podcast, produced by Leah DonellaSpoken personal narratives by Bi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic individuals living at cultural intersections. (19 minutes)
Scene on Radio, Season Two: Seeing White:A 14-part series podcast hosted by John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika, where they explore the history and meaning of whiteness. (15-63 minutes per episode)
Still Processing, Wesley Morris & Jenna WorthamArts & culture criticism full of heart, humor and insight by two NYTimes-affiliated writers/thinkers. Centers Black, Queer art experiences. (30-60 minutes per episode)
Toolkits and Other Resources
Black Lives Matter 4-year Anniversary Report: Celebrating Four Years of Organizing to Protect Black LivesProvides an overview of the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, its guiding principles, reflections on the organization, healing justice as a framework, the importance of art and culture in the movement, and information about various chapters. (33 pages)
Harvard’s ‘Project Implicit’ Implicit Bias TestsImplicit bias tests (IAT) help you find out your implicit bias and preference towards groups with marginalized identities. The website contains IATs on Weight, Asian, skin-tone, trangender, Arab-Muslim, Religion, Native, Weapons, Gender-science, Race, Gender-Cateer, Age, Sexuality, Presidents, Disability, etc.(Approximately 10 minutes per questionnaire)
#TalkAbout Trayvon: A Toolkit for White PeopleThis toolkit for white people was created to commemorate the anniversary of Trayvon’s death, have courageous conversation with friends/family with the help of the scripts provided, support the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, and continue the conversation about the serious implications of anti-Blackness and prejudicial policing and legislation on Black people. (5 pages)
Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They SendA list adapted from Adapted from Sue, Derald Wing, Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Wiley & Sons, 2010. And created by University of California, Santa Cruz. (2 pages)
#TrayvonMeEnseñó: Materiales Digital de la Campaña para Organizadores y Activistas Negro y de Color en el Quinto Aniversario de la Muerte de Trayvon MartinOrganizaciones y personas de color pueden utilizar los materiales para conmemorar el aniversario de la muerte de Trayvon; compartir, apoyar y ofrecer donaciones para el importante trabajo de la Fundación Trayvon Martin; y continuar la conversación sobre las serias implicaciones de anti-negrosidad, la policía perjudicial, y la legislación sobre los negros. (6 paginas)
#TrayvonTaughtMe: Toolkit for Black and Non-Black POC Organizers and Activists on the Fifth Anniversary of Trayvon’s Death This toolkit from the Black Lives Matters Foundation for Black and Non-Black POC Organizers was created to commemorate the anniversary of Trayvon’s death, support the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, and continue the conversation about the serious implications of anti-Blackness and prejudicial policing and legislation on Black people. (6 pages)
University of Iowa Libraries Anti-Racism ResourceThe University of Iowa library supports anti-racism efforts in a mission to expose truth and amplify the voices of marginalized people. The library has assembled a rich collection of resources in formats including: articles, books, videos, movies, mixed media, theatre, dance, music, etc. The site includes resources explicitly intended for: anti-racist allies, POC, parents, educators, and links to social justice organizations. Wondering where to start? Consider Eddie Moore’s 21 day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Countless hours of engagement are possible on the site.
A Tedx Talk where Dr. D-L Stewart, who identifies as both Black and Transgendered, explores his own intersectionality and the ways systems and lives would differ if Black Trans Lives Matter. (15 minutes)
Bryan Stevenson ’85, "We can't recover from this history until we deal with it"
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, “discusses the legacy of slavery and the vision behind creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama.” (6 minutes)
Combating AAPI Hate in Age of COVID-19An educational video produced by California Faculty Association and Stop AAPI Hate and presented by Russell Jeung, PhD, the co-launcher of Stop AAPI Hate and the chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. The video discussed the surging of Anti-Asian racism relating to the pandemic. (23 minutes)
Laverne Cox Talks about Intersectionality at HarvardAcclaimed actress Laverne Cox, a transgender woman, discusses the concept of intersectionality, speaking from her own experience of being both black and transgendered. (4 minutes)
Let's Get to the Root of Racial InjusticeTEDx Talk featuring Megan Ming Francis, who traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and acknowledging that there are no quick-fixes to this generational, and complex problem. (20 minutes)
Hair LoveAn Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. (7 minutes)
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC)The ISPRC offers information about teaching, conducting research, and applying interventions intended to promote the benefits of racial and ethnic cultural diversity and resolve related social problems. The Institute is unique in its emphasis on addressing psychological issues related to race and ethnic culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.
NAACP:The NAACP is the largest civil rights organization in the US.
National Conference for Community and Justice, ColorismA bulletin that defines and explores the concept of colorism, a form of discrimination that favors lighter skinned people of color, providing videos, articles, statistics, and questions for reflection.
Ourselves Black:Collection of articles/stories/podcasts created to unapologetically illuminate and promote mental health in the Black community. POC Online Classroom (https://www.poconlineclassroom.com/): Robust resources meant to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, educate on critical social justice issues, empower marginalized peoples, and incite change.