Getting Started: Intro to Antiracism

White supremacy culture, the idea of “Whiteness” as a norm, undermines our best intentions and dehumanizes us all. Before we can integrate our schools we – White and/or privileged, but especially White parents – have to decolonize our own minds. These resources are a great starting point for learning about and practicing antiracism.  For more ideas on getting started, download our Getting Started Guide.

White Supremacy Culture
Okun, Tema. There are many books and resources about understanding Whiteness and privilege; read as many as you can! However, this short, bullet-pointy article offers a sharp overview of the characteristics of White supremacy culture. NOT replicating White supremacy culture in your child’s school is critical to building deep and lasting equity, inclusion and integration. See other resources available at

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
Harvey, Jennifer (2019). Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for White children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help White kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice. IS’ book club pick for June 2020 and a thoughtful, practical resource for parents.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Saad, Layla F. (2020). Based on a workbook that grew out of an Instagram challenge that went viral, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers to understand their White privilege and their participation in White supremacy so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on People of Color and, in turn, help other White people do better too.

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America.
Hagerman, Margaret (2018). “White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with White kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how White kids learn about race… By observing families in their everyday lives, this book explores the extent to which White families, even those with anti-racist intentions, reproduce and reinforce the forms of inequality they say they reject.”

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Tatum, Beverly Daniel (1997/2017). Is self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. A classic, essential read.

Between the World and Me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi (2015). Journalist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s fraught history and a vivid understanding of what it is like to inhabit a black body in America. Framed as a letter to his son, Coates seeks to address how we all can reckon honestly with our history and free ourselves from its burden. Toni Morrison called this book “required reading.”

How to be an Antiracist
Kendi, Ibram X. (2019). Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas that will help readers see many forms of racism more clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.