Racism and Me - 21-Day Challenge

Have you ever made a successful change in your life? If you have, you know that change is hard, it takes time, intention, and attention. Learning more about social justice, particularly issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like making every kind of change – it’s about spending time and paying attention. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you, to teach you, to help you grow. Starting on June 15, we will challenge ourselves to dedicating 21-days to reading, learning, and noticing issues surrounding racism and how it impacts our lives. 

The Challenge

PICK ONE of the resources listed below every day for 21 days.

DIVERSIFY your understanding by doing some of each.

TRACK AND REFLECT by using the planning tool below.

SHARE your reflections at the end of the challenge

PRAY for the places you are challenged and for those you are learning about whose lives may be different than yours.

Join us for a conversation on June 22nd and July 6th at 6 pm via zoom to talk about what we're learning and noticing. (Click on the date to join.)

Join the Challenge!


10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools by Jamie Utt

21 Racial Microagressions You Hear on a Daily Basis by Heben Nigatu

Climbing the White Escalator by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

Guide to Allyship Created by Amelie Lamont

It's Not Just the South: Here's How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacy by Sarah van Gelder

Making America White Again by Toni Morrison

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro

What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali Michael and Elenora Bartoli

My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Caught Up in God by Willie James Jennings

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X Kendi



Code Switch hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Black Like Me hosted by Dr. Alex Gee

Scene on Radio - Seeing White Series host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika

TED Radio Hour - Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

Here & Now - Without Slavery, Would The US Be The Leading Economic Power? host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist

NPR Morning Edition - You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Pod Save the People Activisim, Social Justice, Culture, Politics, hosted by organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson


Test Your Awareness: Do The Test This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.

Use each question below separately as one days' challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?

  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?

  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?

  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?


This Is Us Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)

Racism is Real A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)

50 States, 50 Different Ways of Teaching America's Past Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs An "Adam Ruins Everything" episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)

What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)

Birth of a White Nation Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, "white" people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)

13th Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarcaration system. (1 hr, 40 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them TED Talk by Verna Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)

The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight into the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At a Time TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film and TV Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of indigenous people, Columbus Day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States Fernanda Ponce shares what she's learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category people in the U.S. call Hispanic. (12 minutes)

How to Be An Anti-Racist  by Ibram X Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey



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