Empathy begins with awareness, knowledge, and understanding. Our librarians selected these resources to illuminate the history of racism in America so we can work toward understanding and equity.
A People’s History of the United StatesHoward Zinn
A Very Large Expanse of the SeaTahereh Mafi
All the agents and saints: dispatches from the U.S. borderlandsStephanie Elizondo Griest
Astonishing Color of AfterEmily X. R. Pan
Barely Missing EverythingMatt Mendez
Bed-Stuy is burningBrian Platzer
Eloquent RageBrittney Cooper
Good talk: a memoir in conversationsMira Jacob
How to Be an AntiracistIbram X. Kendi
In the Country we loveDiane Guerrero
Me and White SupremacyLayla F. Saad
Race and CrimePhilip Steele
Separate Is Never EqualDuncan Tontiuh
Shining StarLin Wang
Slavery by Another NameDouglas A. Blackmon
So You Want to Talk about RaceIjeoma Oluo
Something Happened in Our TownMarianne Celano
Stubborn TwigLauren Kessler
That’s Not Fair! / ¡No Es Justo!Sharyll Teneyuca
The Book of Unknown AmericansCristina Henríquez
The Devil’s HighwayLuís Alberto Urrea
The Heartbeat of Wounded KneeDavid Treuer
The Secrets of Mary BowserLois Leveen
The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel Wilkerson
This Book is Anti-RacistTiffany Jewell
This land is their landDavid J. Silverman.
This Muslim American life: dispatches from the War on TerrorMoustafa Bayoumi
This Tender LandWilliam Kent Krueger
Waking Up WhiteDebby Irving
We Are Not Yet EqualTonya Bolden
What Lane?Torrey Maldonado
Where We Come FromOscar Cásares
White FragilityRobin DiAngelo
Community Conversations: What gets in the way?
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History of Racism in America
- 1619: A podcast from the New York Times
- Examine the long shadow of American slavery, tracing this history back to 1619 in what would become the United States.
- BlackPast is dedicated to providing reliable and accurate information on the history of African America.
- History of Racist Planning in Portland
- Discover how historical racist land use planning contributed to racial segregation and inequity for people of color in Portland.
- In the Thick: Systemic exhaustion
- As thousands of protestors fill the streets, Maria and Julio talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and performative allyship.
- Hidden Brain: Is he Muslim?
- Why do Americans spend so much time worrying about "radical Islamic terrorism?" Hidden Brain takes a look at how the media over-covers some stories and not other.
- Race: Power of an Illusion
- A companion website to an award-winning documentary film that takes a hard look at the science and history behind racial categorization.
Museums and exhibits
Chicano Park Museum
The Chicano Park Museum is a place to learn about about Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous culture and history.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
A people’s journey, a nation’s history.
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Immerse yourself in the history, culture and hospitality of the people who have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years.
- A Hidden History
- An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project program reveals the stories and struggles of Oregon's African American communities.
- Code Switch
- A podcast from NPR, hosted by journalists of color, that explores how race impacts every part of society.
- Tamarindo podcast
- A light-hearted Latinx podcast covering identity, race, gender, and representation in politics, pop culture, and life.
- TED Talks
- This series takes an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminates the way forward.
- The trouble with cultural appropriation
- It's less about stealing, more about integrity.
- There goes the neighborhood
- A podcast about how LA has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country.
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Local and national resources
- Coalition for Communities of Color
- The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism and inequity of services experienced by our communities. learn more
- Movement for black lives
- A space to discuss the current political conditions and develop shared assessments of what political interventions are necessary in order to achieve key policy change. learn more
- Oregon Humanities
- Oregon Humanities is committed to bringing people together across difference. learn more