In recent days, I was brutally humbled into this realization that I have not a clue about what’s going on in this country. I've been calling America my home for the past 8 years, but apparently I know nothing about its history, culture, struggles and pain; how it came about, who built it, and what happened along the way. I’ve been looking for resources that could help me learn and understand more. I want to share some of these resources: I can’t be the only person who had no idea how deep and systemic racism is in America and elsewhere.

There are many, many more fantastic resources to get you started. I should probably catalog them in a more organized format.

Seeing White

Phenomenal podcast series, must-listen. Uncomfortable, painful, enraging, humbling.

Seeing White

Dismantling White Supremacy And The 5 Stages of Grief

As straightforward as it sounds. Most importantly, prevents you from fucking up unnecessarily in the very beginning of your journey.

Dismantling White Supremacy And The 5 Stages of Grief
So, for many white people, the past two years have been sort of a earth-shattering wakeup call regarding the realities of living in the United States and in many other parts of the world. Many of you…

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

After going through other resources first, this video didn't feel as uncomfortable as it might've been just a week ago. But make no mistake: this is not something that's going to validate your "not-racism".

How to Be an Antiracist

An essential how-to for White people on going from being a harmful “I’m not a racist” (basically, just a racist but with extra steps) to becoming, in fact, an anti-racist.

How to Be an Antiracist
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves. “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Wester…

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

This one is directly applicable to what we as an industry do. It's really no just about search engines, but about everything we do in tech.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms Run a Google search for “black girls”--what will you find? “Big Booty” and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in “white girls,” …

13th (2016)

A movie set free by Netflix and available on Youtube now. Disheartening and shocking.

Last Week Tonight: Police

The latest installment of John Oliver’s brutally honest look at white supremacy and the role police play in enforcing it.

The Hate U Give

Inspired by a true story. By any true story of an unarmed Black person being killed by police with impunity. I haven't watched a movie, but it exists and available as well: The Hate U Give (2018)

The Hate U Give
8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!“Absolutely riveting!” --Jason Reynolds”Stunning.” --John Green”This story is necessary. Th…

How to Be Black

Funny and light yet brutally honest, as most things Baratunde does.

How to Be Black
The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston shares his 30-plus years of expertise in being black, with helpful essays like “How to Be the Black Friend,” “How to Speak for All Black People,” “How To Celebrate Black History Month,” and more, in this satirical guide to race issues--written for black people and thos…

Also check out his amazing TED talk:

Just Mercy (2020)

Free for a limited time on Apple platform. A story of a backwards justice system, in which justice is a privilege defined by the color of your skin.

Just Mercy on Apple TV
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. Aft…

Salute (2008)

Many have seen this famous picture: three athletes, two of them Black with their fists raised. But there's so much more to this story.

Salute (2008) - IMDb
Salute is a movie starring Christopher Kirby, Bob Beamon, and Ralph Boston. The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second...