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.

The history of racism in Southern Oregon

Join NBC5 for a three-part mini series covering the history of racism in southern Oregon.

Part 1

Look back at Oregon’s history with race and uncover some difficult realities.

Part 2

NBC5 breaks down the last 100 years of Oregon's history.

Part 3

Learn how minorities feel they’re treated in the Rogue Valley.

Self-Evident Truth: Unequal American History in Schools

“This is not a school district issue. This is not even a regional issue. This is a national education issue, and it is time that we address it instead of endlessly tapping our hypothetical snooze button to stay nestled in our comfortable, familiar, yet stagnant sleepwalk that is history education in America.”

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

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.

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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.

Understanding racism

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.

History of racism in America

Examine the long shadow of American slavery, tracing this history back to 1619 in what would become the United States.
A Hidden History
An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project program reveals the stories and struggles of Oregon's African American communities.
Explore a reference center dedicated to providing information on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.
A companion website to an award-winning documentary film that takes a hard look at the science and history behind racial categorization.

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

Diversity Studies

View articles that explore cultural differences, influences in society, and more.

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Opposing Viewpoints

Explore opposing sides of the most important issues.

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