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Black Lives Matter

Anti-Racism Resources at SSU Library

June 9, 2020: Please visit our new guide, EDUCATING OURSELVES ABOUT WHITENESS AND ANTI-BLACK RACISM, for more resources. 



No one is born racist or antiracist; these result from the choices we make. Being antiracist results from a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society. Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do.

--Being Antiracist, National Museum of African American History and Culture


The items listed below are all available digitally (Audiobooks, eBooks, streaming videos). 

This is not an exhaustive list, this is a list of what is currently available in a digital format. Print books have been left off this list, due to the library's closure during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This list is a starting point to help members of the SSU community learn about anti-racism, and become more anti-racist.

If there is a title or link you would like to suggest for purchase, please let us know, email Cathy Fahey or  Tara Fitzpatrick

White Fragility

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses 'White Fragility' 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Seattle Central Library

Teaching Tolerance talks with Robin DiAngelo, author of 'White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism', about her background as a teacher educator, her conception of “white fragility” and her thoughts on teacher accountability.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of "What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy" and 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.

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

logo of the 1619 project podcast. Yellow numbers 1619 set against the sea with a calligraphy T in the corner

In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.


Available as articles  and a podcast.

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Access via Kanopy for SSU community

In their Own Voices

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, "American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin" at Politics and Prose on 7/16/18.

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Trevor shares his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd, the protests in Minneapolis, the dominos of racial injustice and police brutality, and how the contract between society and black Americans has been broken time and time again. 

Broadcast May 29, 2020