Educating Ourselves about Whiteness and Racism

Resources that have been personally helpful to us library workers in starting to critically examine whiteness and racism and take action as anti-racists

A Note About These Resources

This is a work in progress. The resources on this guide have been helpful to us library workers—none of whom are Black—in starting to understand whiteness, white privilege, and anti-Black racism. This list is not meant to be comprehensive and almost certainly reflects blind spots, oversights, and resources with some flaws. If you have any questions or suggestions for other resources for this page, please contact us using the form on the left.

E-Books about Anti-Black Racism from SMC Library

book cover of How to Be an Anti-racist

Print Books about Anti-Black Racism in SMC Library

book cover of Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice

How Can I Get These Books?

  • For books the SMC Library has as e-books: click on the book cover above and then click "Read this ebook"
  • For books the SMC Library has as print books: Click on the book cover above to view the book's record in the catalog, click Request at the top of the page, and enter your information. When you get an email that the book is ready, come to the Library's Service Desk during open hours to pick it up.
  • If the SMC Library doesn't have the book you want: You can have it sent to you via the SMC Library in 2-3 business days using Interlibrary Loan.
  • Your public library probably has ebooks and audiobooks in addition to print books. Check your local public library's website or ask us if you need help.
  • Buy a print copy from a black-owned bookstore. Marcus Books in Oakland has made online ordering available from And here are other black-owned bookstores that let you shop online.

Streaming Documentaries (no Netflix subscription needed)

13TH movie poster
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution film poster
Whose Streets? An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising film poster
I Am Not Your Negro film poster


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More Perfect: a podcast about the Supreme Court, from the producers of RadioLab. Relevant episodes:

  • "Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man" (Nov 30, 2017)
    How a diabetic, a cop, and a bottle of orange juice changed the way we police, forever.
  • "Object Anyway" (Jul 16, 2016)
    On this episode of More Perfect, the Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to prevent race-based jury selection, but may have only made the problem worse.
  • "The Architect" (Dec 7, 2017)
    Inside one man's quest to take down affirmative action once and for all.
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