June 1, 2020

Anti-Bias & Antiracist Learning Resources

Dear Oakwood Families,

As a community committed to the work of antiracism, we realize that this is an ongoing effort for all of us. The work is both personal, as we aim to identify blind spots and change individual biases, and communal, as we endeavor to dismantle systems and change policies that benefit some and oppress others. There are endless resources, both current and historic, to assist families in talking to children about race and unpacking racism, systemic oppression, privilege, etc. These conversations may be different based on your and your family’s intersecting identities.

We’ve curated a list of websites and texts to assist in these conversations with your children. Because this work is ever-evolving, this list is by no means comprehensive. The intention of sharing these resources is to provide a starting point for you to engage with your children. To continue our partnership in moving toward progressive change, we will regularly update resources for you. As we head into the last week of this truly unique school year and look forward to the next, we also strongly encourage you to join our Parent Organization Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PODEI) committee and attend our workshops, family events, and Voices Envisioned speaker series. To join PODEI, please reach out via email to podei@oakwoodschool.org.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in these vital conversations, and for your support of the social justice values of our school and community.

Take care,
Denise, Erin and William

Digital Resources

Why All Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Social Identity – This link was utilized in our first PODEI workshop of this school year.

Embrace Race– provides lists of webinars, action items, books, etc. Some webinars include – “Supporting Kids of Color in The Wake of Racialized Violence” and the upcoming “How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper” among many others.

Raising Race Conscious Children– resource for adults to support conversations about race with children

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? – USA Today article about unpacking the most recent murders of Black Americans.

How to Raise a Black Son in America– TED Talk by Clint Smith from 2018.

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents – Interview with Dr. Howard Stevenson.

Talking to Kids About the Riots, Racism, and Law Enforcement (In Light of George Floyd’s Killing in Minneapolis) – Betsy Brown Braun

Text Resources

All Are Welcome 

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

It’s Trevor Noah! Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America 

How to Be an Antiracist

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race

Waking Up White

Additional Resources from Debby Irving

Debby Irving was a guest speaker at Oakwood as part of our Voices Envisioned speaker series, and has facilitated professional development for K-12 faculty and staff. Below are additional antiracist resources she has shared with our community:

“In this moment of mass awakening, I am getting inundated with inquiries from and on behalf of white people just beginning their waking up process. “Tell me what to do!” and “How can I support them?” are the primary questions.”—Debby Irving
Here are some quick resources that I am suggesting:

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge – a FABULOUS free-online tool designed to push a person quickly up the learning and acting curve

Movement for Black Lives – umbrella org for many orgs; offers daily/weekly actions

Showing Up For Racial Justice – specifically for white people to learn and organize in ways that don’t further harm and exhaust people of color

From Privilege to Progress – cross racial pair who write, post, keep us all informed and educated

Waking Up White – the 101 book for white people available in paperback, ebook, audiobook wherever books are sold

Systemic Racism Explained – animated video short

All Houses Matter – Instagram video short

‘There Is No Race Neutral’: ‘Nice White People Can Still Be Complicit In A Racist Society – 8 minute NPR interview with Robin DiAngelo

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge: Protest and Rebellion
 – Like the above 21-Day Challenge though focused on how Protest and Rebellion have shaped the U.S.See many more at debbyirving.com/resources

Phu Tranchi, Oakwood’s Director of Experiential Learning, has assembled the following resources for students & faculty:

Anti-Racist Resources

We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources from the Obama Foundation to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.

Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources.


  • Minnesota Freedom Fund – pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who can’t afford to (IG: Instagram page)
  • Reclaim the Block – a coalition demanding investment in community-led safety initiatives (and divestment from policing) in Minneapolis (IG)
  • Black Visions Collective – an arts collective advocating and organizing for transformative justice and liberation by and for Black Minnesotans (IG)
  • Unicorn Riot – not-for-profit media organization dedicated to exposing root causes for social and environmental issues (they’re doing critical citizen journalism and 24-7 coverage) (IG)
  • Northstar Health Collective – collective of health care workers & street medics that coordinate and provide health care in support of justice movements during protests and other public events
  • MPD 150 – community-based initiative challenging the narrative that police exist to protect and serve (not currently asking for donations, but an org to follow) (IG)
  • Black MN COVID-19 Response – a coalition of Black organizers and organizers from Minnesota addressing the harmful impacts of COVID-19
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund – the GoFundMe page of George Floyd’s family, posted by his brother
  • Black Lives Matter  a movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
  • Color of Change – We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality
  • Nationwide Bail Fund – Split a donation to national bail funds, mutual aid funds, and activist organizations
  • Campaign Zero – We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.
  • Sign Petitions:

Perspectives and Counter-Narratives

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
The United States has seen escalating protests over the past week, following the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis police. Educators everywhere are asking how we can help students understand that this was not an isolated, tragic incident perpetrated by a few bad individuals, but part of a broader pattern of institutionalized racism.

Institutional racism—a term coined by Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture) and Charles V. Hamilton in their 1967 bookBlack Power: The Politics of Liberation in America—is what connects George Floyd and Breonna Taylor with Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Emmett Till, and the thousands of other people who have been killed because they were black in America.

This context seems vital for discussions both inside and outside the classroom. We’ve compiled a list of articles, published over the course of JSTOR Daily’s five years, which try to provide such context.


In a short essay published earlier this week, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote that the recent killing in Minnesota of George Floyd has forced the country to “confront the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, we are still a nation riven by inequality and racial division.”

Amid escalating clashes between protesters and police, discussing race—from the inequity embedded in American institutions to the United States’ long, painful history of anti-black violence—is an essential step in sparking meaningful societal change. To support those struggling to begin these difficult conversations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture recently launched a “Talking About Race” portal featuring “tools and guidance” for educators, parents, caregivers and other people committed to equity.
“Talking About Race” joins a vast trove of resources from the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to understanding what Bunch describes as America’s “tortured racial past.” From Smithsonian magazine articles on slavery’s Trail of Tears and the disturbing resilience of scientific racism to the National Museum of American History’s collection of Black History Month resources for educators and a Sidedoor podcast on the Tulsa Race Massacre, these 158 resources are designed to foster an equal society, encourage commitment to unbiased choices and promote antiracism in all aspects of life. Listings are bolded and organized by category.Another Exhaustive List of Anti-Racist Resources
Shared by Lusanda Mayikana at Lake Forest Academy, who added some titles to a resource list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein who are affiliated with the National Network of Schools in Partnership.  It is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.

Say Their Names
A toolkit from the Chicago Public Schools to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience