Change starts with understanding. The library offers many resources for all ages to help us understand the complexities of racism, the role of privilege, the need for allyship, and the history behind the protests that have been happening across our country.
Book Club Kits If your book club is ready to take on a diversity discussion, we now have book club kits available for both fiction and nonfiction titles.
Listen to authors talk about their books
- Ijeoma Oluo discusses So You Want to Talk about Race.
- Ibram X. Kendi talks with Brené Brown about How to be an Antiracist (podcast).
- Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, co-authors of YA book All American Boys, talk to Hoda and Jenna on Today. Jason also discusses another YA book he co-authored with Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You.
- Robin DiAngelo discusses White Fragility
Talking to young kids about race
- Po Bronson’s NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children makes the case in chapter three, “Why White Parents Don’t Talk about Race,” that parents should talk explicitly about race with kids starting at an early age when they are developmentally inclined to classify people as they try to understand the world.
- Picture books are a great starting point for these conversations: Hair Love (also a short film), I Am Enough, Skin Again, The Colors of Us, Happy in our Skin, Saturday, Peeny Butter Fudge, Pecan Pie Baby, Last Stop on Market Street, and The Snowy Day.
Discrimination in the criminal justice system
- An anti-racist’s dictionary: 18 words on race, gender, and diversity you should know
- Eanes ISD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website
- Nice White Parents – a podcast from the NYT investigates how white parents, motivated by a desire for integration as well as a desire for their own children to have a good education, inadvertently undermine education for people of color. The author, Chana Joffe-Walt, shares her suggested reading list.
- TED Talks to help you understand racism in America
- Kanopy films about racism
- John R. Lewis Exhibit – from the Smithsonian
- 5 Tips for Being an Ally (Franchesca Ramsey) – a short, entertaining video about how to do our part to help
- 1619 Project (New York Times Magazine) – an interactive history of slavery and its legacy
- Inheriting inequality: Austin’s segregation and gentrification – a multi-part story of the racial history of our city, our failure to embrace black history and culture, and the legacy of past actions, from the Austin American-Statesman.