Topics related to social justice can feel overwhelming, this page is meant to help the researcher discover how the topics can be approached for clear conversations. In addition to the books highlighted be sure to use the e-book tools provided. On the last page of this guide we provide ideas for search terms, because the topics can be wide ranging and the language has evolved over time.
Click on one of the e-book links below to access a search box for e-books. Create a list of search terms and experiment using them to search for relevant materials. You may also use the many limiters provided by the search mechanism. Different e-book databases use different limiter systems so you will have to look around on each site. Fine tune your search by selecting additional specific subjects- which many times are already listed after you perform a general search. Some limiters include date range, geographic locations, related subjects.
For most topics related to social justice, law, and policing, we recommend the following databases.
"Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation." Focus areas include Race and Racial Identity, Bias, and Being Anti-Racist. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This blog post, updated to reflect recent events, provides guidance for having meaningful conversations about race.
Tips for productive classroom discussions about race, from the Anti-Defamation League.
Tips for white families to discuss race in America around the dinner table. A partnership of Color of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Activist Matt McGorry. See also the PDF version.
Key terms are defined, recognizing that "Language can be used deliberately to engage and support community anti-racism coalitions and initiatives, or to inflame and divide them. Discussing definitions can engage and support coalitions. However, it is important for groups to decide the extent to which they must have consensus and where it is okay for people to disagree. It is also helpful to keep in mind that the words people use to discuss power, privilege, racism and oppression hold different meanings for different people. For instance, people at different stages of developing an analysis tend to attach different meanings to words like discrimination, privilege and institutional racism. Furthermore, when people are talking about privilege or racism, the words they use often come with emotions and assumptions that are not spoken."
Tips on “creating a safe space for people to be authentic and vulnerable, and to pave the way for future conversations.“
Tips from the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge© on how to productively engage in racial justice conversation and work.