As Denison does the profound work of leaning into our commitment of being an antiracist community, these readings, videos, websites and more are resources toward that goal.

Antiracism Readings

This list of Antiracism Readings is the start of recommended resources that will continue to be updated.


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

White Fragility: Why Is It So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

The primary goal for white people working to understand racism is not to learn how racism impacts people of color. The primary goal is to recognize how the system of racism shapes their lives, how they uphold that system, and how they might interrupt it.

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Believing that one can know the “soul” of a race by knowing the souls of individuals, W. E. B. Du Bois combines history and stirring autobiography to reflect on the magnitude of American racism and to chart a path forward against oppression, and introduces the now-famous concepts of the color line, the veil, and double-consciousness.

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements internationally, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.

Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of post-independence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other.

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.

Twelve books that give context to current protests: Oxford University Press publications

Oxford Press book list across politics, history, and philosophy that can contribute to the important conversations currently taking place and provide valuable context.


College Democrats, Citing Racism, Force Change in Leadership by Maggie Astor, New York Times

Matthew Nowling ‘21 was the communications director for the College Democrats until he resigned, citing racism within the organization. He will now serve as interim president.

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Skin Color Shouldn’t Matter in our New Normal, op-ed by Denison Prof. Terrance Dean, Columbus Dispatch

It is our duty, as Americans, as citizens and human beings to take care of one another regardless of race, sex, gender or sexuality. Black persons deserve adequate equity and access to affordable health care, jobs, education and health.

Run, Black, Run for Safety, Toward Freedom, op-ed by Denison Prof. Terrance Dean, Columbus Dispatch

As a black man, I came out of my mother’s womb running. It was taught to me and every other black person I know that the world was not kind or friendly toward us because of the color of our skin.

Blacks Feel the Knee of Caucasian Casualty on Their Necks, op-ed by Denison Prof. Terrance Dean, Columbus Dispatch

The knee on Floyd’s neck is a reminder of how black people live each day suffocating from the injustices of racism and racial biases.

Why the Term “BIPOC” is so Complicated, Explained by Linguists, by Constance Grady, Vox

There is no “one size fits all” language when it comes to talking about race.

When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs by Tre Johnson, Washington Post

When things get real — really murderous, really tragic, really violent or aggressive — my white, liberal, educated friends already know what to do. What they do is read. And talk about their reading. What they do is listen. And talk about how they listened


American Anthropological Association Understanding Race project

Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality - and unreality - of race.

Antiracism LibGuide

Antiracism is the idea that there are only two choices: racist or antiracist. Denison’s mission, to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents and active citizens of a democratic society, requires us to choose to be antiracist and to proactively work to dismantle racism. These are resources to help us to do the work.

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus at

Provides links to articles published by JSTOR to assist classroom discussion around institutional racism. Some of the content contains disturbing stories and/or images. Articles are organized by topics: Racial (In) Justice: Putting protest into perspective; Video documentation and police brutality: Ethical considerations; and Racial, economic, and educational disparities go hand in hand.

Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History & Culture online series

This robust online series offers several tools and topics with additional information provided by topic, audience and resources. Topics include: Bias, community building, historical foundations of race, race and racial identity, self-care, social identities and systems of oppression, and whiteness. Audience information is geared toward educators, caregivers/parents and advocates. Specific information on being anti-racist can be found as well.


Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

A talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but we really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. DiAngelo describes the most obvious and explicit aspects of racism and white privilege, while going beyond the surface of racism.

RACE: Are We So Different?

RACE: Are We So Different? produced by The American Anthropological Association (AAA) video introduction. Learn about RACE and unlearning racism.