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Inherent in racism and sexism is denial of the fundamental dignity of other human beings. It provides rationale for the superiority of some and the inferiority of others. It allows for a spectrum of injustices and inequities to take root in every facet of life. It creates vulnerability to abuse.

YWCAs have long known that empowering women goes hand-in-hand with eliminating racism. That’s because it’s impossible to empower all women without ensuring that the burden of racism is lifted from the lives of women of color.

The following includes individual resources along with links to robust, curated libraries that shine a light on the connections between racism and sexism and how they find expression in culture and communities.

As we work to achieve justice for all, our intent is to support and elevate women of color and communities of color, and to aid white women and white communities in meeting their personal and collective responsibility to eliminate racism.

For People of Color 

Racism resides in almost every aspect of our community, and so, self-care for people of color is critical to health and well-being. Below are resources and thought-starters designed by and for people of color.

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible – Miriam Zoila Pérez, Color Lines

Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial StressThe Psychology of Radical Healing Collective, Psychology Today

11 Black People Share Big and Small Ways They’re Caring for Themselves – Tonya Russell, SELF Magazine

How Black Americans can practice self-care during these trying times. And how everyone else can help them. – Elizabeth Wellington, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Talking About Race: Self-Care – National Museum of African American History & Culture

Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week – Rachel Miller, VICE

Black Mental Health: 7 Self-Care Tips If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed – Eni Subair, Vogue

For White People

“I often remind my readers that anti-racism work is not self-improvement work for the white community. This work does not end after white people feel better about what they did. This work ends only when Black people have justice in every vein that white supremacy has found to oppress”. – Rachel Cargle

Change starts with education. We must understand how racism morphs from ideology into policy. We must fully understand how that harms women and communities of color. Then we must put that knowledge into action.

How Did We Get Here? The Atlantic

Tim Wise: Divide and Conquer

Brennan Center for Voter Suppression

Teaching Tolerance – Lessons: Voter Suppression

Justice in June

Compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. 

Despite the title, this resource is applicable for learning more about racial justice in any month or timeframe. This document allows readers to designate 10, 25 or 45 minutes per day to learning, providing pre-chosen resources for each day for 30 days.

Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources

Created by Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022), Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021), and Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed. 

Learning (and unlearning) racism is a journey. This resource allows individuals to choose what they would like to learn about according to any knowledge they have previously. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. 

Anti-Racism Resources for White People

Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020. 

This document is intended to deepen anti-racism work. It’s organized by the type of media and audience, including resources for parents and children.

Talking to Kids About Race: An Introductory Guide to Building Foundations for Racial Equity in Early Childhood

By Anissa Eddie, Sarah Salguera, Timothy Stark, Piper Adonya

This e-book explains the importance of building foundations for racial equity with children and informs parents and caregivers of where to begin.

additional recommendations

Kent District Library: Community Resources – The mission of the Kent District Library, first and foremost, is to offer respect, space and opportunity to all. This curated list of resources aids in learning about our nation’s history and the role we must all play in ending an oppressive system of racism and violence against people of color.

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help OthersPublished by Pepperdine University’s online Master of Psychology program. This resource educates readers on the prevalence of prejudice and implicit bias in society, including information about what marginalized groups are most likely to be harmed by prejudice. It features information about how one can be an ally and an advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors.

Beyond Petitions and Protests: The Art of Being an Authentic Ally – Hosted by YWCA Greenwich

This important conversation included Jenna Arnold, author of Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place On the New Frontlines, and Denise Hamilton, CEO of WatchHerWork. They discussed how individuals can contribute and make an authentic impact on systematic racism.

Moving Beyond Diversity Toward Racial Equity Harvard Business Review

“On this critical issue, neither consumers nor employees are looking for vague platitudes about change; they want to see companies committing to action within their own walls. Achieving racial equity in the workplace will be one of the most important issues that companies will tackle in the coming decade.”

Media Education Foundation

“Black lives matter. Learn more about the long history of systemic racism, white privilege, and racial scapegoating in U.S. politics and media culture with this featured collection of MEF films.”

Racial Equity Tools

This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Seeing White – Scene on Radio

This 14-episode podcast series takes a deep look at where the notion of whiteness came from and how it impacts every aspect of society.

Unlocking Us: Brené Brown with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

In this podcast episode, Brené Brown talks with author Austin Channing Brown about her work for racial justice in America. This episode focusses on her book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and talk about her online television show, The Next Question.

Unlocking Us: Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

In this podcast episode, Brené Brown talks with author Ibram X. Kendi about racial disparities, policy, and equality. This episode focusses on How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi’s approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.

White Supremacy Culture

This article outlines the effects that white supremacy has on our culture.

where race, gender, and violence meet

The issues of racism, sexism, and violence are at the center of the YWCA’s work. In fact, the YWCA specializes where these issues intersect in a woman’s life. The following helps to define intersectionality and demonstrates how any effort to address one facet of an intersection is incomplete if it excludes attention to others.

The Urgency of Intersectionality – Kimberlé Crenshaw, TEDWomen 2016 

Why is it important to bring a racial justice framework to our efforts to end domestic violence? – VAWnet, A Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Anti-Racism as Violence Prevention – Futures Without Violence 

Our Commitment to Racial Justice – National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Black Women and Sexual Violence – National Organization for Women

Learn more about violence against women and children