Racial literacy

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.

Listen

Enjoy these podcasts on topics like Japanese internment camps and Native American history.

Japanese Internment Camps

This episode of the Sofa King Podcast examines the events around Japanese Internment Camps during World War II.

Islamophobia

Ezra Klein interviews Intercept writer Mehdi Hasan about the rise in global anti-Muslim sentiment. Scroll to bottom of article to listen.

Gentrification

Listen to all three seasons of There Goes the Neighborhood, a deep-dive into gentrification and how it's changing our cities.

Native American land

The This Land podcast examines two crimes nearly two centuries apart that led to a 2020 Supreme Court decision determining the fate of five tribes and nearly half of Oklahoma.

Watch

View these movies and documentaries to explore various social issues.

Race and poverty

Watch Growing Up Poor in America about race and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children from three families share their hopes and fears about the future.

Native American land

Return of Indian Island recounts when settlers took the Wiyot tribe's land in Northern California by force and its eventual return to the Wiyot people. Scroll down on the linked page to watch.

Police violence

Monsters and Men is a fictional movie that explores how a community is impacted after the police killing of an unarmed Black man, which is filmed by a bystander.

Read

Read sourced and cited articles and webpages about the Holocaust, gentrification, and more.

The Holocaust

Learn the sobering history of the largest German Nazi concentration camp. Over 1.1 million men, women, and children were killed at Auschwitz.

Japanese Internment Camps

Read this extensive article on History.com about the World War II Japanese internment camps in America.

Islamophobia

Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West offers Gallup polls and reporting about the rise of anti-Muslim feelings.

Gentrification

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article focuses on the health effects of gentrification.

Local resources

BASE: Black Alliance and Social Empowerment
BASE is a volunteer nonprofit community organization that provides events, community information-sharing, connection, support, and resources that work towards the well-being and advancement of Black people living in Southern Oregon. visit BASE
Black Southern Oregon Alliance
Black Southern Oregon Alliance works to improve the quality of life within southern Oregon communities by bringing people together to enhance educational and economic opportunities for all Black/African Americans, and People of Color. visit Black Southern Oregon Alliance
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. visit Coalition for Communities of Color

Parent resources

There’s no question: talking about race can be sensitive.

Racial stereotypes and bias begin at a shockingly young age. It can happen without parental input, just by the racial stereotypes so prevalent in society. As early as six months, a baby’s brain can notice race-based differences, and can internalize racial bias by ages two to four.

If you’re curious about how to have this conversation, here are some resources to get started.
Kojo For Kids: Racism and Protests
Jason Reynolds talks to kids about why people are angry and what can we do about racism. Listen to Kojo for kids
NPR: Talking Race with Young Children
Listen to tips about how to handle conversations about diversity and inclusion with children. Listen to NPR
The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special
A co-viewing experience for families. Learn more