Challenging White Supremacy Resources


Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good - Chuck Collins

Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice - Donna McDaniel & Vanessa Julye

Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson

Say the Wrong Thing - Amanda Kemp

Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram Kendi

Tears We Cannot Stop - Michael Eric Dyson

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride

The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander

Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving


“13th(2016, Ava DuVernay, run time 1 hr 40 min)

This acclaimed documentary explores racial inequality in the US beginning with the 13th amendment which abolished slavery, “except as punishment for a crime,” leading the way to mass incarceration of people of color in the 21st century.


Stream on Netflix.

Film discussion guide to download:

“Cracking the Codes” (2012, Shakti Butler, 1 hr 15 min)

Film explores the context, social determinants, Internal components and external relationships of racism, using stories and art. Recommend showing section(s) with time for dialogue: need a minimum of 2 hrs or morel

View trailer:

View by streaming online ($4.99 for 30 days) at or, borrow DVD from NEYM office!

Guide for showing and dialogue at

“I Am Not Your Negro” (2016, Raoul Peck, 1 hr 35 min)

Documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.  Connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter and questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.  By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., this is a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.


Stream on Amazon, YouTube, many cable providers

Official discussion guide has many suggestions for viewing.  Questions on page 8:

“Race: The Power of an Illusion” (2003, California Newsreel, 3 X 56 min)

Three part documentary exploring the confusions and misconceptions of ‘race’ and how these have been shaped by history, social institutions, and cultural beliefs.  Each episode on DVD has an abridged version (about 35 min) as well as full episodes.

Episode 1:  “The Difference Between Us”: Science based exploration: race is NOT a biological reality, though perceived race has huge social and economic impact.

Episode 2:  “The Story We Tell”: Historical discussion of the invention of “race” to justify slavery, eventually developing into racial hierarchy and white supremacy.

Episode 3:  “The House We Live In": How race codified into law resulted in segregation and the growing racial wealth divide.


Stream:  Vimeo ($2.99 per episode for 1 week.)  Discussion guide download:

“Deconstructing White Privilege” (2016 video with Robin DiAngelo; 22 min)

Robin DiAngelo has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress- inducing situation.

View or stream video online:

Above link includes discussion guide, which may be downloaded as pdf.