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Anti-Racist Resources

Rutgers School of Social Work recognizes the events that have taken place in recent weeks – murder, police brutality, and racial injustice – have caused great suffering across our community. 

The loss of Black lives, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, serve as a painful reminder of the systemic and institutionalized racism that have plagued the United States for centuries. They are also a reminder that we, as social workers, have much more work to do in the fight towards injustice. This is a historic moment that we hope can serve as a catalyst to galvanize real and lasting change. 

Below is a list of actions, including petitions, numbers to call, and places to donate, as well as anti-racist readings, resources for protecting oneself, and additional information around demanding justice. Many resources were crowd sourced from attendees of the Fourth Annual Challenging Racial Disparities Conference hosted by the SSW on June 2, 2020. 

Rutgers University has also developed lists for becoming anti-racist and of anti-racist resources from the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) at Rutgers–New Brunswick and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

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News Updates & Faculty Media Highlights

SSW Updates

Faculty & Staff in the News

Ways to Get Involved & Online Resources

Online Resources

Social Media

Voting, Laws, & Policy

Books for Adults

  • White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Race, Robin DiAngelo
  • How to be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji
  • So You Wanna Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The New Jim Crow Laws, Tom Burrell
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson
  • The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwim
  • White Rage, Carol Anderson
  • Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
  • The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, Eddie Moore and Ali Michael
  • Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Race Matters, Cornel West
  • White Christian Privilege, Khyati Y. Joshi
  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem
  • Where We Stand: Class Matters, Bell Hooks
  • We Want to Do More Than Survive, Bettina Love
  • Medical Apartheid, Harriet A. Washington
  • Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, Tom Burrell
  • Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts
  • Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lammont Hill
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique W. Morris 
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Joy a Degruy 
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare by Dorothy Roberts

If looking to purchase any books or resources, consider supporting Black owned bookstores. Lists can be found on AfroTechRefinery29 and Buzzfeed

Books for Children

  • Happy in Our Skin, Fran Manushkin
  • AntiRacist Baby, Ibram X. Kendi
  • We're Different, We're All the Same, Bobbi Kates
  • Little Heroes of Color: 50 Who Made a BIG Difference, David Heredia
  • All the Colors We Are, Katie Kissinger
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If looking to purchase any books or resources, consider supporting Black owned bookstores. Lists can be found on AfroTechRefinery29 and Buzzfeed

Articles, Publications & Textbooks


Publications & Textbooks

  • Art Therapy for Social Justice: Racial Intersections, Savneet K. Talwar
  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Inequality in America, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White, William Sturkey
  • Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches, Sharell Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer
  • "Location of Self: Opening the Door to Dialogue on Intersectionality in the Therapy Process", Thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones

Documentaries, Movies, Radio, Videos & Podcasts

Documentaries, Movies & Videos




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