Confronting Racism as a Helping Professional

The past week has reminded us as a nation that racism persists. My hope today is to share resources that have helped me to stand alongside others in a meaningful way. 

Please know that this incredibly short list is just a starting point. Do not look at these links once and think, I’m good. I don’t have time to read. I just want to keep my head down and do my work. 

Start here if you are confused because you have been taught we are living in a post-racial society:

Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Start here if you’re truly surprised by the protests:

The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Start here if you want to do something, but have no idea where to start:

Me and White Supremacy: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Start here if want to figure out how to have the tough conversations:

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo

Start here if you prefer a syllabus format to walk you through actionable steps on moving an anti-racist dialogue forward in your own home, office, school:

Rachel Cargle’s Lecture Series:

Be Well.

- Dr. Jen