Want to be a better ally? One of the best ways to be an ally is to educate yourself. While it can be tempting to ask your colleagues from marginalized communities to help you understand their perspectives, this can put them in an awkward position, especially in the workplace. People from marginalized communities are often over-burdened with the invisible labor of educating those around them.
Whether you want to become a better ally or understand different perspectives within your own community, there are countless resources available. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we are open to your recommendations for additional materials.
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Recommended Reading, Listening, & Viewing
University of Texas at Austin
- The Racial Geography Tour by Dr. Edmund T. Gordon
- The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin Timeline
- ‘Eyes of Texas’ Report
- True Origins of ‘The Eyes of Texas’: UT Austin released a Report about the song, but its historical origins are worse than it says by Alberto A. Martinez
- UT diversity and inclusion work takes toll on Black faculty, students, staff by Myah Taylor, Austin American-Statesman
- Multicultural Engagement Center at The University of Texas at Austin
- Services for Students with Disabilities at The University of Texas at Austin
- Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin
- I am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. [film, 1h 26 min]
- George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper by Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
- 13th by Ava DuVernay [film, 1h 40min]
- Kendi, I. X. (2021). Compliance Will Not Save Me: Black and brown people’s defiance is not the problem. Our compliance is not the solution. The Atlantic
- Roper, W. (2020). Black Americans 2.5X More Likely Than Whites to Be Killed By Police. You will find more infographics at Statista
- Davis, A. (2013). Are Prisons Obsolete? ProQuest Ebooks. [electronic].
- Open Access version available here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/angela-y-davis-are-prisons-obsolete.pdf
- Cobbina, J. (2019). Hands up, don’t shoot : why the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore matter and how they changed America. New York: New York University Press. [electronic].
- Boyles, A. (2019). You can’t stop the revolution : community disorder and social ties in post-Ferguson America. Oakland, California: University of California Press. [electronic].
- Prater, L. (2018). Excessive use of force : one mother’s struggle against police brutality and misconduct. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. [electronic].
- Hattery, A. (2017). Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change. [electronic].
- Vitale, A. (2017). The end of policing. London, England: Verso. [electronic].
- Free ebook available here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2426-the-end-of-policing
- Schenwar, M., Macaré, J., Price, A., & Alicia Garza. (2016). Who do you serve, who do you protect? : police violence and resistance in the United States. Chicago, Illinois: Haymarket Books. [electronic].
- Free ebook available here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/952-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect
- Muhammad, K. (2010). The condemnation of blackness : race, crime, and the making of modern urban America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.[electronic].
- American Police. (June 4, 2020). Throughline. (Audio interview with the author of this book.)
- Davis, A. (2013). Are Prisons Obsolete? ProQuest Ebooks. [electronic].
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- How Bias Is Impacting Your Work — & 6 Ways to Stop It by René Salazar
- How To Lead Inclusive Meetings by Rebekah Bastian. May 28, 2019. Forbes.
- Johnson, S.K., Hekman, D. R. (2016) Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity. Harvard Business Review.
- Bonds, A., & Inwood, J. (2016). Beyond white privilege: Geographies of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Progress in Human Geography, 40(6), 715–733. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132515613166
- The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism by John Rice, The Atlantic
- Saad, L. (2020). Me and white supremacy: A 28-day challenge to combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor. Sourcebooks Inc. [print].
- DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility : why it’s so hard for White people to talk about racism. Boston: Beacon Press. [electronic]
- Ryde, J. (2019). White privilege unmasked : how to be part of the solution. London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [electronic].
Oppression within Systems
- Criado Perez, C. (2019). Invisible Women: Data bias in a world designed for men. New York: Harry N. Abrams. [electronic].
- Lipsitz, G. (2018). The possessive investment in whiteness : how white people profit from identity politics. (Twentieth anniversary edition.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [electronic].
- Murray, A., Yuhaniak, H., Picower, B., & Kohli, R. (2017). Creating Equity Warriors in the Face of White Fragility. In Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 74–80). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315623566-11 [electronic].
- Kendi, I. (2016). Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America. Nation Books. [print].
- O’Neil, C. (2016). Weapons of math destruction : how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. (First edition.). New York: Crown. [print].
- Noble, Safiya Umoja (2013). Algorithms of Oppression : How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. ProQuest Ebooks. [electronic].
- Hannah-Jones, N. (2014). Segregation Now… The Atlantic Monthly, 313(4), 68–81. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1521710946/
- Hannah-Jones, N. (2015). Investigating Racial Inequality. Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal, 38(3), 15–17. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1728147127/
- For Allies Who Feel Like Everything They Do Is Wrong by Miri
- 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive by Sam Dylan Finch. May 29, 2017. Everyday Feminism.
- White People, Read This Before You Text Your Black Friends by Tomi Obaro. June 1, 2020. BuzzFeed News.
- Glaad. (2018). Tips for Allies of Transgender People. Retrieved from https://www.glaad.org/transgender/allies
- To ensure inclusion, freedom, and respect for all, it’s time to embrace people first language by Kathie Snow
- On “Person-first language’: It’s time to actually put the person first by Alex Kapitan
- Human Rights Campaign. (n.d.). Glossary of Terms. Retrieved from https://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms
- Glossary – DEI Concepts from the University of Washington
- Pronoun Practice App from Minus 18
- Could gendered language be responsible for excluding women from power? by Ella Tennant
- Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. (Women of Color at the Center: Selections from the Third National Conference on Women of Color and the Law). Stanford Law Review, 43(6), 1241. https://doi.org/10.2307/1229039
- What’s Intersectionality? Let These Scholars Explain the Theory and Its History by Arica L. Coleman
- The intersectionality wars by Jane Coaston
- Lorde, A. (1984). Sister outsider : essays and speeches. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press.
- Lorde, A. (2009). I am your sister : collected and unpublished writings of Audre Lorde. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
- Hooks, B. (1995). Killing rage : ending racism. (1st ed.). New York: H. Holt and Co.
- Microaggressions Matter by Simba Runyowa, The Atlantic, September 18, 2015
- The F Word: What is Soft Sexism? by Lauren Lang and Julia Sonenshein
- Baldwin, J. (1993). The Fire Next Time. New York: Vintage.
- American Psychological Association. (2011). Answers to your questions about transgender people, gender identity, and gender
- American Psychological Association. (2008). Answers to your
questions: For a better understanding of sexual orientation
and homosexuality. Washington, DC: Author. [Retrieved from
- Bongiovanni, A., Jimerson, T., (Letterer), C., & Yarwood, A. (2018). A quick & easy guide to they/them pronouns. Portland, OR: Limerence Press.
- Mady, G., Zuckerberg J.R. (2019). A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities. Portland, OR: Limerence Press.
The resources below were provided by Dr. Betty Jean Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
- Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Guide: The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know
- What UVA did wrong when white supremacists came to campus
- When White Supremacists Descend, What Can a College President Do?
- What it’s like to be a Black student as white supremacists march in your college town
DEI for Libraries and Academia
- ACRL Together Wherever presentation: 2020 President’s Program – Shifting the Center: Transforming Academic Libraries through Generous Accountability
- Gibson, A. N., Chancellor, R. L., Cooke, N. A., Dahlen, S. P., Patin, B., & Shorish, Y. L. (2020). Struggling to breathe: COVID‐19, protest and the LIS response. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-07-2020-0178
- Berry, J. D. (2004). White Privilege in Library Land. Library Journal, 129(11), 50-50.
- Bonnet, J. L., & McAlexander, B. (2012). Structural Diversity in Academic Libraries: A Study of Librarian Approachability. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 38(5), 277-286. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2012.06.002
- Ettarh, F. (2014). Making a new table: intersectional librarianship. Retrieved from In the Library with the Lead Pipe.
- Montague, R.-A. (2013). Advancing cultural competency in library and information science. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC: Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities, Singapore, 2013.
- Schonfeld, R. C., & Sweeney, L. (2017, August 30). Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries: Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives. https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.304524
- Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery by Bess Sadler and Chris Bourg
- In Pursuit of Antiracist Social Justice: Denaturalizing Whiteness in the Academic Library by Freeda Brook, Dave Ellenwood, and Althea Eannace Lazzaro
- Diversity, Social Justice, and the Future of Libraries by Myrna Morales, Em Claire Knowles, and Chris Bourg
- Diversity, inclusion, social justice and libraries: Proposing a framework by Chris Bourg
- Boyd, A., Blue, Y., & Im, S. (2017) Evaluation of Academic Library Residency Programs in the United States for Librarians of Color. College & Research Libraries. doi:10.5860/crl.78.4.472
- On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing by Scholarly Kitchen
- Hijabi Librarians: How and Why We Started this Site and Why We Chose Our Name
- Ali, D. (2017). Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces: Historical Context and Recommendations for Student Affairs Professionals. NASPA Policy and Practice Series. 2.
- Krueger, S. (2019). Supporting trans people in libraries. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited. [electronic].
- Wiegand, W., & Wiegand, S. (2018). The desegregation of public libraries in the Jim Crow South : civil rights and local activism. Louisiana State University Press. [electronic]