Anti-Racism Resources

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The San Jose Public Library celebrates our city’s diverse cultures. We stand firmly for equity, visibility, and the rights of our residents.

The Library is proud to work towards transforming and building community through knowledge and information around equity issues through our cultural programs and collection of books and resources.

We invite you to explore anti-racist resources and reading recommendations compiled by our expert Librarians.

What is Racism?

"Racism…is rooted in the false belief that the white experience is standard and that white people are superior to others."

— Girl Scouts of America: Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism

 

Defining Racism

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Anti-racist Books for Kids

"Racism is treating people unfairly just because of the color of their skin."

— Sesame Street: What is Racism?

Anti-racist Books for Teens

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Raising and Teaching Our Children

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

— Nelson Mandela

Lesson Plans and Activities for Teachers

Elementary-Level

Secondary-Level

Resources for Parents

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Anti-racist Titles for Parents

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Listen and Watch

Podcasts

Films

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Anti-racist Films

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Taking Action

"You don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself."

— Ijoema Oluo

Local Organizations

  • African American Community Service Agency - ACCASA’s mission is to preserve the dignity and culture of a diverse African American Community, and provide supportive services.
  • Islamic Networks Group - Peacebuilding organization providing education and engagement opportunities that foster understanding of Muslims and other misunderstood groups to promote harmony among all people.
  • LEAD Filipino - LEAD Filipino seeks to advance the involvement and increase the representation of Filipino Americans in civics, public policy development, and public service.
  • Silicon Valley NAACP - Local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People whose mission is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
  • More local organizations focused on racial & ethnic groups [link to new page with whole list]

National Organizations