FUNDAMENTALS

This section includes four sub-sections: Core Concepts offers information on how racism has been constructed and maintained, including defining terms like structural racism, white privilege, and internalized racism, and elaborating on key theories including racial identity development and targeted universalism. History of Racism and Movements provides resources that discuss the racist origins of colonization and law, along with how racism has been countered through resistance movements. Data presents public opinion, demographic and population data, along with key sites for data on particular issues (e.g. police violence, segregation). Finally, Resource List includes syllabi and curricula, in addition to multimedia content. You can also find a section on COVID-19 Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources, along with Tipsheets for doing racial equity work and eva [...]

In doing racial equity work, it is important to understand and align around core concepts, including: structural racism, intersectionality, racial identity development, and anti-racism. It is also important to understand how race and racism are operationalized, how white privilege is embedded in our institutions, and how internalized racism is maintained.


One necessary step to undertaking this work is developing a common analysis. Groups that move forward without investing in shared language and values often find themselves stuck later, when they realize that team members are working from different assumptions and definitions, and thus may arrive at or buy in to a different set of solutions.

Understanding the roots of racism helps explain patterns of inequity and structural racism that persist. This understanding also sheds light on how the systems are intended to control certain populations, and how to find entry points to disrupt the entrenched thinking and design (Khalil Muhammad).


This section includes resources on: overview and timelines, diaspora and colonization, laws and policies, resistance and movements, and the global history of racism. You can read about individual acts of resistance as well as broad-scale, cross-sectoral movements in the U.S., as they offer inspiration and strategic lessons for what’s needed today.

In working towards racial equity, it is very common to look for numbers and facts to help make the case, identify important starting points, and/or track the results of work. This section includes resources that can help. Resources are organized into three sections: demographics and population data, statistics related to particular issues (for example, children and education, criminal justice, or economics and wealth), and results of public opinion and perception surveys (for example, research on millennials’ attitudes on race). For more information on how to collect data, and how to use data to track progress, see the EVALUATE section of this site.

This section provides curated lists of resources for doing racial equity work. One section offers Tipsheets (created by the authors of this website) for doing racial equity work in communities and groups, as well as evaluating progress of racial equity work. Another section presents Resource Lists for specific events (e.g. Ferguson uprising), specific groups (e.g. white people), and particular sectors (e.g. faith, education). This section also identifies books from various sources for a deeper dive into the issue areas presented on this site. In addition, there are lists of syllabi and curriculum plus other types of content. These lists are sourced from a variety of organizations working on racial equity and include a mix of free materials and materials for purchase.


In 2020, RET added a section on COVID-19 Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources with categories that address healing and community care, organizing, resource building, virtual work, and racial equity analysis of the current pandemic.

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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

~ James Baldwin

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Moving the Race Conversation Forward | Race Forward

GLOSSARY

Anti-Racism

Critical Race Theory

Decolonization

Indigeneity

Internalized Racism

Intersectionality

Racial Equity

Racial Identity Development Theory

Racial Justice

Settler Colonialism

Targeted Universalism

White Privilege

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