Raising Awareness and Getting to Action: Uprooting White Supremacy and Promoting Racial Justice

Photograph of a Black Lives Matter Protest
An activist holds a "Black Lives Matter" signs outside the Minneapolis Police Fourth Precinct building following the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark on November 15, 2015. Photo: Tony Webster tony@tonywebster.com CC 2.0

In response to the repeated police killings of Black people, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and the global mobilization demanding structural change to ensure that Black Lives Matter, the Society for Community Research and Action membership pulled together resources to support awareness raising and action for uprooting white supremacy and promoting racial justice. We hope this promotes the widespread adoption of anti-racist practices in our everyday lives and in the field of Community Psychology. 

To dismantle white supremacy, we need everyone in this work together. 

This brief list of resources is intended to support unlearning white supremacy and identifying organizations, initiatives, activists, and scholars to learn from, support, and join. It focuses on bringing people into this work, and is by no means comprehensive. And we must always remember, everything happening right now is built on an important legacy of Black scholarship and activism. 

Introductory Resources 

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Education Toolkit (focused on white people, may be useful to other groups)

This resource includes readings, podcasts, and videos. From the creators Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory: “This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources.” This document aligns with Helms’ model of white identity development” 

Abolition Study is a collection of resources created and maintained by Ashanté Reese and SA Smythe.

This is a working document “to support anyone who’s interested in learning more about abolition. The texts vary, and there are many different viewpoints and approaches to theorizing and working toward abolition. Some of what is included doesn’t mention abolition specifically but may offer some historical and political education.” 

Healing Resources for BIPOC Organizers & Allies Taking Action for Black Lives

This resource toolkit from Irresistible Movements centers healing for people engaged in activism and organizing. It includes concrete practices (written and podcasts) under the following headings:

  • Healing amidst Direct Action
  • Quick tune-ups to support your nervous system
  • Ways to show up without hitting the streets
  • BIPOC-led resources for healing racialized trauma (including podcast practices and community offerings)
  • Solidarity and unlearning whiteness
  • Orienting to the long haul

For more resources, please visit this expanded living compilation of anti-racist resources collected and shared by community psychologists.

Organizations to follow and support for racial justice (updated June, 2020)

The Antiracist Research & Policy Center: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Audre Lorde Project: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Black Lives Matter: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Color of Change: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Movement for Black Lives: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Race Forward: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Showing Up for Racial Justice: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Short list of Black public scholars and activists (living and past) to listen to and learn from* (in alphabetical order):

Michelle Alexander, Ella Baker, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Rachel Cargle, Charlene Carruthers, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brittney Cooper, Patricia Hill Collins, Combahee River Collective, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patrisse Cullors, Angela Davis, Alicia Garza, Phillip Attiba Goff, bell hooks, Ibram X. Kendi, Audre Lorde, Ijeoma Oluo, Brittany Packnett, Barbara Ransby, Layla Saad

*If these names are new to you, we encourage you to google them and explore websites, written texts, podcasts, and videos. 

Shortlist of podcasts to follow:

1619 (NYT)

About Race (NPR)

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! with Kimberle Crenshaw (AAPF)

Justice in America Episode 20: Mariam Kaba and Prison Abolition

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White : http://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Selection of recent Special Features and Special Issues in SCRA publications related to racial justice 

Special Feature: Racial Justice. Edited by Dominique Thomas. The Community Psychologist (Winter 2020).  

Special Issue: Community Psychology and Indigenous Peoples. Edited by Pauline Thompson‐Guerin, Nathaniel V. Mohatt, & Joseph P. Gone American Journal of Community Psychology (2019, Volume 64, Issue 1-2). 

Special Issue: Teaching Toward Decoloniality in Community Psychology and Allied Disciplines. Edited by Ronelle L. Carolissen & Paul S. Duckett. American Journal of Community Psychology (2018, Volume 62, Issue 3-4). 

Coming soon! Special Issue: Racial Justice and Anti-racist Practice. Editors: Jesica S. Ferńandez, Dominique Thomas, & Geri L. Palmer. Global Journal for Community Psychology Practice. 

SCRA Statements related to racial justice

SCRA statement on diversity

More coming soon!

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