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Anti-Racist Resource List (Haverford College)

Introduction to this Guide

This guide is intended to provide the Haverford College community (students, alumni, staff, and faculty) resources for learning about and responding to racism, especially anti-Black racism, in the world, in Philadelphia, and in the classroom. As part of a predominantly white institution, some resources will be aimed at white allies. However, the intention is also to highlight materials related to Black liberation and joy, not only trauma and oppression. 

It is a work in progress--it will never be complete and its authors are open to suggestions, comments, and criticism. The last tab of the guide includes a link to a resource recommendation form and contact information.  

Getting Started

To facilitate reflection, this section is intended to offer a self-check in of the stage which one is at in the scaffolding of anti-racist learning and action.The following parts describe the different stages one might find oneself and point to suggestions for what to do next. Of course, the stages and resources are not necessarily static or linear in this roughly-divided sequence, and you are encouraged to move back and forth between the resources that you find helpful if necessary.

Note: The resources in each part below are only for an introductory purpose, with a link to more resources in the next sections if interested.

Archive resources:

Awareness and Understanding

If you find yourself: 

  • not against the idea of a color-blind society
  • seeing racism as individual actions
  • endorsing the idea that "I'm not a racist if I don't intentionally act in racists ways" or that "I'm not a racist nor an anti-racist"

How to move forward:

  • being confronted with active racism or actions that highlight privilege
  • self-education on racism (and reject the desire to ask black folks, indigenous, or people of color to explain racism)


Actions and Allies

If you find yourself:

  • feeling guilty on white superiority but meanwhile defending that "It's not my fault for being white" or
  • seeing racist actions intolerable and severely mistaken
  • finding it hard or awkward to talk about race with family and friends
  • beginning to think about how I can support anti-racist work

How to move forward:

  • start from small things in anti-racism and keep learning
  • you'll eventually become comfortable with the idea of anti-racist and reconcile your identity/privilege with the anti-racist work :D


Roots of Racism

By now, if you are intrigued to dig into the history and formation of racism from a more comprehensive and fundamental perspective on the pain of potentially unpleasant secrets: