Interested in starting, or continuing your journey of self-awareness, reflection and learning? We’ve created a list of some of our favorite resources that have been impactful to us as we’ve pushed ourselves to learn more and deepen our understanding of race and racism.
Our Favorite “Go-To” Websites
These websites are rich with resources covering an array of topics and a great place to explore.
Learning for Justice
COAR Discussion Group “Top Picks”
Check out our favorite Watch, Read & Listen resources from previous COAR discussion groups.
EmbraceRace: "Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children?
Watch this conversation about the resulting toll on Asian American people and communities and about how communities are pushing back. How are parents, family members, teachers and other caregivers supporting children at a time when physical safety is all but impossible to guarantee? How can the rest of us meaningfully support our Asian American family members, friends and neighbors?
Hasan Kwame Jeffries Ted Talk “Confronting Hard History”
The past shapes the present. But there are aspects of the American past – so-called Hard History – that we refuse to engage with honestly because we are afraid of what will be revealed about who we were and who we are as a nation. This talk explores why confronting Hard History is so difficult and yet so necessary. It also explains how to face the most difficult elements of our past head-on. Less concerned about repeating historical phenomena that produced racial inequality and more concerned about allowing these phenomena to continue, historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries studies the African American past in order to make a more equitable American present.
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs | Adam Ruins Everything
Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race
Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture.
Reflections from a Token Black Friend
On structural racism, implicit bias, and what white people do (and don’t) say
What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?
Professor Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College. She is challenging students to identify the characteristics, and limits, of call-out culture: the act of publicly shaming another person for behavior deemed unacceptable. Calling out may be described as a sister to dragging, cousin to problematic, and one of the many things that can add up to cancellation.
Confronting Misconceptions Around Race with Michelle Singletary
Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post. Her column "The Color of Money" is syndicated in newspapers across the country. She is also the author of "The 21 Day Financial Fast. Over her decades-long career, racism has never been far from her experience in the newsroom. Now, she’s confronting misconceptions around race in her 10-part series "Sincerely Michelle..
Nice White Parents
From the makers of Serial and The New York Times: “Nice White Parents” looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.
Roundtable Discussion hosted by CCHS Student Leaders about the state of race relations and how to support our students of color
A discussion about the state of race relations and how to support students of color from Boston, Concord and Carlisle.
Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids about Race and Racism
Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages.
Parents, racial justice experts, and teens all provide perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as three years old are already starting to pick up. We combine compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you tools to start your own courageous conversations.