Racism and Protest Resources

In light of the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Feeding the Elephant has compiled a list of resources (many freely accessible) from libraries, university presses, and scholars on the subjects of racism, racial justice, police brutality, and protest. At this time of anger and mourning, we would like to highlight efforts by the scholarly communications and publishing communities to reflect on how our work can contribute to understanding the present moment and encourage transformational change. If you know of other helpful resources, please share them in this thread and we will update the list.

Library, Scholarly Society, and Public Resource Guides

Free Library of Philadelphia Black Lives Matter guide

Stanford Libraries guide on Activism, Demonstrations, Protests (Includes sections on knowing your rights, protests during a pandemic, civil disobedience, and resources for research and teaching)

Trish Kahle, African American Intellectual History Society, Teaching in an Uprising: Readings and Resources

Anti-racism resources for white people, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020

Nicola Carpenter, Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism, Fractured Atlas (Includes sections on caucusing, facilitation, plus reading, listening, and watching lists)


Book Lists from University Presses

Cambridge University Press's Protests, Policing, and Race list (free to read until July 12, 2020)

Duke University Press: Police Violence Syllabus, Political Protests and Movements of Resistance Syllabus, Racial Justice Syllabus (available until August 31, 2020)

University of Georgia Press’s Racism and Anti-Blackness: A Reading List

Haymarket Books Against Policing & Mass Incarceration (May 29, 2020)

University of Minnesota Press's Reading for Racial Justice Collection (free to read online through August 31, 2020)

Verso Books' Abolition and Black Struggle Reading List (June 2, 2020)

AUPresses “Books for Understanding” list on race relations (last updated 2014)

Bonus: 10 Books About Race to Read Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things to You (Sadie Trombetta for Bustle, updated June 1, 2020)


Syllabi and Resources from Scholars

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus from JSTOR Daily

Introduction to Critical Race Theory (Adrienne Keene, Brown University, 2017) (alternate version as a Google Doc)

Settler Colonialism, Resistance, and Resilience (Adrienne Keene, Brown University, Summer 2019)

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present (Jonathan Holloway, Yale University, open access course recorded Spring 2010)

Ibram X. Kendi, An Antiracist Reading List (The New York Times, May 29, 2019)

SPACE/RACE (a collectively produced reading list by architectural historians, art historians, architects, and urbanists on how race and racism are constructed with spatial means; written in response to the August 2017 events in Charlottesville and updated in June 2020)

All Monuments Must Fall Syllabus ("a crowd-sourced assemblage of materials relating to Confederate and other racist monuments to white supremacy; the history and theory of these monuments and monuments in general; and monument struggles worldwide," by Nicholas Mirzoeff and many others)


Open Access Resources

Open Content from University Presses compiled by AUPresses (Google sheet of books and journals made temporarily open due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many open through 6/30/20)

University of Minnesota Press's Reading for Racial Justice Collection (free to read online through August 31, 2020)

Special issue of Public Culture on Violence and Policing (Open through 9/30/20)

Special issue of Radical History Review on Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination (Open through 9/30/20)

From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence by Hannah Cooper and Mindy Thompson Fullilove (Just published by JHUP, free on Project Muse)

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (free ebook from Verso Books)

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-Ian Price (free ebook from Haymarket Books)

Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall (free ebook from Verso Books)