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Resources for Learning

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

In my podcast, Ahmaud Arbery and Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System my interviewee, John Bradley, mentioned books and studies about racial bias. Here are some:

  1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Michelle Alexander.

  2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson. The movie or the book!

  3. Article: There's Overwhelming Evidence that the Criminal Justice System is Racist. Here's Proof.

  4. Article: More Studies Showing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

  5. Here is a fantastic resource which I mentioned in my second interview with John entitled, "Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in the US Criminal Justice System." If you read nothing else, read this.

Here are some other resources on various topics of race:

  1. Article: Unconscious Bias: what is it and can it be eliminated?

  2. Book: The Condemnation of Blackness: race, crime and the making of modern urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

  3. Youtube series: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanual Acho

  4. Book: Some of my Best Friends are Black: the strange story of integration in America by Tanner Colby. A wonderful book about why we're still so segregated.

  5. Book: Stamped from the Beginning: the definitive history of racists ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi. A best selling author explaining legislation that got us where we are.

  6. Book: A Call to Conscience: the landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  7. Book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: as told to Alex Haley

  8. My podcast: Let's Talk: conversations on race

For Children

People don't just become racist overnight. Racism grows in the human heart over time, starting from childhood. Here are some resources for raising kids who aren't racist:

  1. My blog post, Teaching Kids about Racial Diversity.

  2. My podcast: The Talk: talking to our white and Black children about race

  3. Race Conscious Things to Say to Your Child.

  4. Podcast: How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids.

  5. 10 Tips on Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

  6. Book: Raising White Kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America, by Jennifer Harvey

  7. Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race. (This list includes some articles and books for adults, too.)

  8. 13 Children's Books with Strong Black Characters

  9. Children's books about slavery.

  10. Children's books about the Civil Rights Movement

  11. Children's book about famous black Americans and black culture

  12. Books celebrating Black joy by Black authors and illustrators

Here is a list of race-based movies. Some good for kids and some just for adults:

  1. Ruby Bridges (ok for kids)

  2. Something the Lord Made (ok for older kids)

  3. Gifted Hands (ok for older kids)

  4. The Great Debaters (ok for older kids)

  5. Hidden Figures (ok for kids)

  6. The Butler (ok for older kids)

  7. The Tuskegee Airmen (ok for older kids)

  8. Harriet (ok for kids)

  9. Green Book (ok for older kids)

  10. Remember the Titans (ok for kids)

  11. Amistad (adults)

  12. Malcolm X (adults)

  13. Just Mercy (adults)

  14. When They See Us (adults)

  15. Selma (adults)

  16. Twelve Years a Slave (adults)

  17. Glory (adults)

  18. A Time to Kill (adults)

  19. The Hurricane (adults)

Here are 10 black authors everyone should read.

Books by black authors and illustrators (kids and adults)

Resources for racial healing in the church:

  1. The Third Option, by Miles McPherson.

  2. Interview between TD Jakes and Carl Lenz about the church and race

  3. Interview between Steven Furtick and John Gray about the church's role in being the bridge in racial reconciliation.

  4. The Color of Compromise: the truth about the American church's complicity in racism, by Jemar Tisby.

  5. White Awake: an honest look at what it means to be white by Daniel Hill

  6. One: racial unity in the Body of Christ, by yours truly!

Currently, I'm taking my time reading, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. It is a long, deep, interesting, wonderful read.

We live in an age when life-long learning is not only possible, but relatively easy. Take some time to experience the stories of others by reading, listening and watching.


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