Please find below a list of resources, both articles and videos, to help you begin investigating how systemic racism and institutional white supremacy (see: Ijeoma Oluo’s ‘So You Want to Fight White Supremacy’ below) play out in our lives.  The list is curated in order to create easily digestible pieces one can read and return to with ease. Consider starting by creating a practice of taking some time out of each day to read one article or watch one video.

Note that many, if not most, of the authors below have excellent books on these topics as well. This list is a starting point, not an end point, and we, the clergy at Temple Emanu-El, are here always to help continue this conversation. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be of help.


Introductory Material

Video: Systemic Racism Explained

Jabari Lyles—Video: Black Self/White World- lessons on internalized racism

Emmanuel Acho—Video: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Lauren Michele Jackson: Anti-Racist Reading Lists: What Are They For?


Questions to Consider While Reading

How have I benefited from systemic racism?

What racist thoughts do I suppress or ignore?

How can I fight my own racist thoughts through action?

How can I use my privilege to dismantle systemic racism?


Articles and Videos

Michelle Alexander:

Robin DiAngelo:

Ibram X. Kendi:

Layla F. Saad:

Ijeoma Oluo:

Rachel Cargle:

Adam Serwer:

Te-Nehisi Coates:

Kareem Abdul-Jabar:

Anthony Johnson:

Rebecca Pierce:

Shahanna McKinney-Baldon:

Tema Smith:

Alex Vitale:

Ben Ratskoff:


Continue the Work – Websites and Collections

The 1619 Project

An ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.

Just Mercy (2019)

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. Available on most streaming platforms.

After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

Justice in June

A guide to a month of learning about racial justice

Dismantling Racism Workbook

This web-based workbook was originally designed to support the Dismantling Racism Works 2-day basic workshop. The workbook is now offered as a resource to the community.

Bechol Lashon

Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century. Embracing the historical diversity of the Jewish people and, more importantly, the growing diversity of the community today is the most important step toward securing relevancy in an exciting American future.

A Large List of Antiracism Resources

Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.