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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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