21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge Resources

Below are pieces of writing to be explored during the READ days of the 21-Day Challenge. Select or click on the bolded titles underlined in red to access each item.

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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and other essays, Groundbreaking 1989 essay by Peggy McIntosh who lists the ways she’s beginning to recognize the way white privilege operates in her life.


21 Racial Microaggression You Hear On A Daily Basis A photographer at Fordham asked her peers to write down the microaggressions they’ve encountered. Here is what they had to say.


White Fragility, Groundbreaking 2011 article by Robin DiAngelo, which led to a 2018 book of the same title, exploring why it can be so hard for white people to talk about race, and how the resulting silence and defensiveness functions to hold racial dynamics and racial oppression in place.


The Injustice of This Moment Is not an ‘Aberration,’ Michelle Alexander contextualizes the US’s 2020 state of racism/white supremacy as an inevitable outcome of a collective narrative steeped in denial.


Guide to Allyship, Created by Amélie Lamont this site strives to be an ever-evolving and growing open-source guide meant to provide you with the resources for becoming a more effective ally.

Short (less than 30 minutes)

How White People Got Made, by Quinn Norton, exploring where the term “white people” comes from and which ethnic groups have and have not been able to become “white” through US history.

White Fragility in Students, A call to action by Teaching While White founders Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi who share their experience in school after school where white students and adults lack the knowledge or skill to navigate racism and conversations about it and how that white deficit impacts students of color.

Making America White Again by Toni Morrison

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person, Gina Crosley-Corcoran, raised “the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country,” explores where race and class do and don’t intersect and how she’s come to understand her own white privilege.

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap, 2017 study by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro analyzing the racial wealth gap that exists between white, black, and Latino households.

White mom to racists: ‘Don’t use my child to further your hate-filled ignorance,’ Rev. Edith Love models allyship in an article written in response to online racial abuse arising from her white teen son’s recent attack by a group of young teens who are black. 

From Alt-Right to Groyper, White Nationalists Rebrand For 2020 And Beyond, Report authored by the Institute For Research And Education On Human Rights (IREHR) on white nationalist marketing strategy known as “groyper.”

People of colour have to ‘code-switch’ to fit in with white norms, from a longer series taking an in-depth look at racism in the UK in 2020 this article focuses on the double bind of code-switching. What is it? What toll does it take? What is the cost of not code-switching?

Its-Not-Just-The-South-Heres-How-Everyone-Can-Resist-White-Supremacy, NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas for a response to a story in The Atlantic, written by David Frum, proposing the U.S. cut legal immigration by half.

Dear anti-racist allies: Here’s how to respond to microaggressions, by Kristen Rogers, CNN

Bryan Stevenson On What Well-Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices. by James McWilliams, Pacific Standard (updated Feb 18, 2019)

More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds: In 2019, an estimated 568,000 Americans experienced homelessness. by Karma Allen, ABCNews (Jan. 22, 2020)

9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive, by Sam Dylan Finch, Everyday Feminism (May 29, 2017)

White gay privilege exists all year, but it is particularly hurtful during Pride: Although we share the same oppressors, white queer folks must come to terms with the fact that they play a role in the harm experienced by their Black and Brown siblings. by George Johnson, NBC News (June 30, 2019)

Stop Trying to Fight Racism with Corporate Diversity Consultants, by Bhaskar Sunkara, The Guardian article

White Women doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture, by Heather Laine Talley, Wokeatwork.org

Deep Dive (longer than 30 minutes)

The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, by Rebecca Epstein; Jamilia J. Blake; and Thalia González, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Colorism by National Conference for Community and Justice

Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. by Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Arizona Faith Network Resource Guide – a well-organized list of resources and tools regarding racism and anti-blackness