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there are plenty of movement organizations doing work that helps to promote an expanding self-awareness for both the historically privileged and the historically marginalized.  the following are a few of the ones doing most excellent work:

showing up for racial justice – an organization that helps white people find their place in racial justice

BYP100 – an organization dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all black people

black women’s blueprint – an organization committed to progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organizing that builds movements where gender matters in broader social justice organizing


“violence against women–it’s a men’s issue” – TED talk by jackson katz

“charlottesville and the effort to downplay racism in america” – tia tolentino

Democracy in Black – an incisive diagnoses and prescription for the “value gap,” which assigns more value to white people in every facet of american life at every point in american history and is baked into the way we actually “disremember” our american story; here also is a talk by the author, eddie glaude, under the same title

“assigned whiteness at birth,” part 1 & part 2 + the comments – a brilliant multi-installment instagram series (two at the time of this posting) by body empowerment activist and educator sonya renee taylor that compares the challenge of overcoming the detrimental culture of whiteness to the challenge of moving beyond a binary notion of gender; the analogy lends incredibly useful insight

other resources

ferguson syllabus

baltimore syllabus

charleston syllabus

lemonade syllabus

charlottesville syllabus

syllabus for white people to educate themselves