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Anti-Racism Committee and Book List

The Anti-Racism Committee is currently inactive, for information please email

Mission Statement

As part of our acknowledgement that Arisia has ongoing work to do in welcoming Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) we created this web page. We seek to help members of the community recognize our shared history of being not as inclusive as we have promised, and to move toward a practice of active anti-racism.

The Anti Racism Committee (ARC) has put together a series of books, online training resources, and videos so that members of the Arisia community can do self-guided learning on how to be anti-racist and learn new internal, interpersonal, institutional and ideological practices.

Recommended Books, Short Reviews, and How to Find Them

Highlighted in red are those that are part of a lending library the ARC has created, curated by Jan Dumas; these books are available for loan. Please send an email to

We have also curated a list at the ARC's goodreads page which we welcome members of our community to use as a guide to self-education.

Difficult Conversations: how to discuss what matters most
Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
How to have that difficult conversation
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Me and White Supremacy
Layla F Saad
Me and White Supremacy Discussion Prompts
Layla F Saad
The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander
Building a Movement to End The New Jim Crow: an organizing guide
Daniel Hunter
So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Olou
White Fragility
Robin Diangelo
White Rage: The unspoken Truth of our racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Stamped from the Beginning: A definitive history of racist ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
How to be an Anti-racist
Ibram X. Kendi 
When they call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Cullors  
Tears We Can Not Stop: A Sermon to White America
Michael Eric Dyson
The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
Jesmyn Ward  
White Like Me
Tim Wise  
Citizen: An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
The Voting Rights War (ARC Lending Library)
Gloria J. Browne Marshall  
White Flight:Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (ARC Lending Library)
Kevin M. Kruse  
The Wages of Whiteness:Race and the making of the American Working Class
David R. Roediger
Working toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants became White
David R Roediger 
Shaping School Culture:Pratfalls, Paradoxes, & Promises
Terrence E. Deal / Kent D. Peterson

Training and Workshops

White People Challenging Racism
Based in Cambridge MA 
"21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge"
From the Knoxville Bar Association
The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond: PISAB
Based in New Orleans 
Martha’s Vineyard Radio - diversity project 
Mel King Institute for community building
Boston based training group
race forward 
Boston arm of multi-city organization


The Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Racism In Kids' Lit
By Sarah Begley July 27, 2017  
'There Is No Neutral': 'Nice White People' Can Still Be Complicit In A Racist Society
By Ari Shapiro, June 9, 2020