Anti-Racism Resources

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless other Black and Brown Americans at the hands of police violence must stop. The staff at CAPS recognizes that this violence is protected and upheld by a system of White supremacy that is woven into institutional policies across this country. These same systems of White supremacy shape and distort media coverage related to these events in ways that trigger racial trauma in Black communities. We are committed to dismantling these systems and the ideologies that support them and to empowering and uplifting the voices of Black folx who are too often silenced.

We have compiled a list of resources to support Mason in challenging and dismantling racism. In addition, we have singled out resources to assist students, faculty, and staff of color in coping with the pain caused by racism and oppression. We recognize that this list, while lengthy, is only a starting point; there are many excellent resources and works available that are not included here. Resources are ordered alphabetically within each section. We thank Mason DREAMers for informing us of several of these resources. If you are unsure where to start, just pick a title that appeals to you. If you are very new to learning about race, a podcast can be a great place to start.

Please see the following resources for tools and supports to help in caring for yourself and building up your voice in a country that often seeks to silence those who speak and act against White supremacy. If you would like to speak to a CAPS counselor, please contact our office at 703-993-2380.

Articles and Handouts

Racial Trauma Definitions Handout (PDF)

“75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice” by Corinne Shutack

“How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism” by Elly Belle

“This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like” by Tiana Clark

“What To Do Instead of Calling The Police” by Aaron Rose

 

Books

A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life by Janet E. Helms, Ph.D.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

Policing Black Bodies by Angela J. Hattery & Earl Smith

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow: Mass INcarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Annelise Singh, Ph.D., LPC

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

 

Tools For Coping With Racial Trauma

Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma

Coping With Racial Trauma Toolkit

Coping With Racism (from UCSC CAPS)

Racial Stress and Self-care

Racial Trauma Is Real

 

Podcasts/TED Talks

About Race Podcast

How To Deconstruct Racism, One Headlight at a Time TED Talk

Intersectionality Matters! Podcast

Layla Saad and Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility (Good Ancestor Podcast)

NPR: Code Switch

Scene on Radio: Season 2 (Seeing White)

 

Financially Supporting Racial Justice:

Donate to Black Lives Matter

Donate to Color of Change

Donate to NAACP

Donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Donate to UNCF

 

Please see the University Life Black Lives Matter page for additional resources.

 

 

 

 

 

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741-741

CrisisLink

    703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

    800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line

    800-273-8255, Press 1

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line

    703-380-1434

TrevorLifeline

    866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline

    877-565-8860

Mason Police

    703-993-2810