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Ally: Social Justice Resources for Everyone

Are You a Social Justice Ally?

Recent events have shown a spotlight on the social injustices that continue to occur in our communities, work environments and across the country. Social Justice promotes and works toward a society that celebrates diversity and equality. Having more equality and diversity in a society promotes opportunity, growth and social well-being for all.

The four main concepts in social justice are:

  1. Access (greater equality of access to goods and services)
  2. Equity (overcoming unfairness caused by unequal access to economic resources and power)
  3. Rights (equal effective legal, industrial and political rights)
  4. Participation (expanded opportunities for real participation in the decisions which govern their lives).

How can you support social justice movements?

  1. Educate yourself on a particular movement
  2. Work on your own habits and beliefs
  3. Research the local presence
  4. Take action in your community
  5. Go to a protest or demonstration
  6. Use social media
  7. Volunteer your time

Whether you are a seasoned ally or just starting your journey of self-reflection, the Ohio Psychological Association has assembled some suggested social justice resources that aim to help educate the public on social justice issues, foster self-reflection and hard discussions, as well as encourage individuals to become active allies.

Parents Resources for Raising Anit-Racist Children:

Books to Read:

  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
  • From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
  • Great Small Things by Jodi Piccoult
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Her stories: Leading with the Lessons of the Lives of Black Women Activists (Black Studies and Critical Thinking) by Judy A. Alston and Patrice A. McClellan 
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 
  • Ring the Alarm by Nikoli Pizaro
  • Rising out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist 
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
  • The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Eddie Moore, Jr., and Marguerite Penick-Parks
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
  • When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
  • Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Articles to Read:

Podcasts to Listen:

Movies and TV Programs/Series to Watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) | Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) | Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 | Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) | Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) | Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) | Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) | Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) | Hulu
  • Just Mercy | free to stream on Amazon Prime
  • King In The Wilderness | HBO
  • Now They See Us | Netflix miniseries
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) | Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) | Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution | Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) | Hulu with Cinemax

Websites to Review:

Social Media to Follow:

More Anit-Racism Resources to Check Out:

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