21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge Resources

Below are pieces of writing to be explored during the WATCH days of the 21-Day Challenge. Select or click on the purple underlined titles to access each video.

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This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes).

The Iroquois Influence on the Constitution, Host, and Producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio Tiokasin Ghosthorse explains the sequestering of two Iroquois chiefs to advise in the writing of the U.S. Constitution. (4 minutes).

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Mean in the US Fernanda provides a first-person account of identity–addressing stereotypes and assumptions, and inviting the audience to dig deeper into the Latinx experience in the United States. Fernanda addresses the role of Latinx people in shaping the culture, politics, and economy of the USA.


Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story, Robin DiAngelo explains the function of white fragility in maintaining a racial hierarchy. (7 minutes).

White Bred, Excellent quick intro to how white supremacy shapes white lives and perception. (5 minutes).

What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous Youtube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many White Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes).

Short (up to 15 minutes)

CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past, Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An Adam Ruins Everything episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race, TEDx talk, Jay Smooth suggests a new way to think about receiving feedback on our facial blindspots. (12 minutes)

How To Deconstruct Racism One Headline At A Time Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking, and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up. (10 minutes)

Unpack White Supremacy Rev. Jasper Peters, Belong Church (UMC) (13 minutes)

Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue-tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)

I Didn’t Tell You, Ever wonder what a day in the life of a person of color is like? Listen to this poem, written and spoken by Norma Johnson. (7 minutes)

New York Times Op-Docs on Race, Multiple videos with a range of racial and ethnic perspectives on the lived experience of racism in the US. (each video about 6 minutes)

What Would You Do: Bicycle Thief Episode?  ABC’s popular show explores the impact of racial and gender bias and prejudice at a family-friendly park. Before this video, would you have anticipated this differential treatment? https://youtu.be/ge7i60GuNRg

Hair Love, Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full), Sony Pictures Animation, YouTube (Dec. 5, 2019) (7 minutes)

Medium (15 minutes-1 hour)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)

The urgency of intersectionality, TED Talk by  Kimberlé Crenshaw that asks us to see the ways Black women have been invisibilized in the law and in media. (19 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talk by Vernā Myers encourages work vigorously to counterbalance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

Hip hop, grit, and academic success, TEDx Talk by Dr. Bettina Love, explains how students steeped in Hip Hop culture, often seen as deficient, actually, bring the very characteristics deemed necessary for 21st-century success. (15 minutes)

Deconstructing White Privilege Robin DiAngelo (22 minutes)

Black Trans* Lives Matter D-L Stewart, TEDxTalks (April 22, 2019)(15 minutes)

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice, Megan Ming Francis, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016)(19 minutes)

Race in America, Phil Vischer, the creator of the Christian cartoon Veggie Tales, is helping bring understanding to the reality of systemic racism. (18 minutes)

Deep Dive (longer than 1 hour)

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee “invites you to experience the world through the perspective of one Black man, one conversation, one story, or even one rant at a time.” (any episode – times vary, most are around 1 hour long)

Prophetic Speech – An Anti-Racism Workshop, Glendale UMC, Nashville, TN (about 2 hours 30 minutes)

When they see us, Four-part Netflix series by Ava DuVernay about the wrongful incarceration and ultimate exoneration of the “Central Park Five.” (four 1+ hour episodes)

13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present-day mass incarceration system. (1 hour 40 minutes)

I am Not Your Negro, Netflix, Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1 hour 35 minutes)

Slavery by Another name, 90 minutes PBS documentary challenges the idea that slavery ended with the emancipation proclamation. (90 minutes)

Unnatural Causes, a Seven-part documentary by California Newsreel that explores the impact of racism on health and US healthcare. (4 hours total, episodes have variable lengths)

Birth of a White Nation, Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)

In The White Man’s Image PBS documentary about the Native American boarding school movement designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” (56 minutes)

Race: The Power of an Illusion, a Three-part, three-hour film by California Newsreel exploring the biology of skin color, the concept of assimilation, and the history of institutional racism. (three 1 hour episodes)

Vital Conversations on Realities of Race and Racism series by General Commission on Religion and Race (UMC)