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Racism Resources

International Organizations

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination United Nations Centre for Human Rights, Palais des Nations CH-1211, Geneva 10 Switzerland. Tel: 22-917-1234

International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 41 rue de Zurich CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland. Tel: 22-731-5534

S.O.S. Racisme 64 rue de la folie Mericourt F-75011 Paris, France. Tel: 1-480-6400

TransAfrica Forum 1629 K Street, NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20006, Tel: 202.223.1960 Fax: 202.223.1966

U.S. Organizations

U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) (800) 347-HATE – “The CRS operates a 24-hour, toll-free number for anyone seeking assistance with regard to conflicts based on race, color, or national origin.”

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee  4201 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20008. Tel: (202) 244-2990

American Civil Liberties Union132 West 43rd St., New York City, NY 10036. Tel: (212) 944-9800 “By charter the ACLU is not affiliated with any particular ethnic group. The goal of this organization is to work against the abuses of government that violate the civil rights and liberties of all citizens.”

Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund   99 Hudson Street, New York City, NY 10013. Tel: (212) 966-5932

Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith 823 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY 10017. Tel: (212) 490-2525. Originally organized to battle anti-Semitism, its mission has expanded to confront bigotry and racism of all forms.

Center for Constitutional Rights (formerly Civil Rights Legal Defense Fund) 666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York City, NY 10012. Tel: (212) 614-6464

Chinese for Affirmative Action  17 Walter U. Lum Place, San Francisco, CA 94108. Tel: (415) 274-6750

Christian Community Development Association 3848 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60623. Tel: (312) 762-0994. “A growing movement of over 150 grass-roots churches and ministries working to redeem poor communities through the church, with racial reconciliation as a foremost concern. Many of CCDA’s member organizations provide excellent opportunities to serve minority communities in interracial settings.”

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) 30 Cooper Square, New York City, NY 10003. Tel: (212) 598-4000

Council on Interracial Books for Children 1841 Broadway, Room 608, New York City, NY 10023

FCS Urban Ministries 750 Glenwood Avenue, SE, P.O. Box 17628, Atlanta, GA 30316. Tel: (404) 627-4304. A community based organization working toward racial reconciliation through mixed-income subdivisions, church programs, and operating businesses. Its main goal is to create in the midst of urban blight wholesome places for families to flourish.

John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development  1581 Navarro Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 Promotes church-based community development and racial reconciliation through weekend training workshops and summer and one-year internships. Videotapes available.

Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center  400 Washington St., Montgomery, AL 36101. Tel: (205) 264-0286 Monitors activities of the KKK and mounts legal efforts against it.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20006. Tel: (202) 466-3311

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., Suite 204A, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel: (702) 792-8160

National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) 11 John St., Room 202, New York City, NY 10038. Tel: (212) 406-3330

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. Tel: (410) 358-8900 Fights for voting rights, desegregation, civil rights, and against job discrimination; membership is open to members of all ethnic groups.

National Black Evangelical Association 5736 N. Albina Avenue, Portland, OR 97217 NBEA promotes ‘Reconciliation Sundays’ in local cities and has held extensive consultations with the largely white National Association of Evangelicals to hammer out a joint statement on prejudice and racism.

National Coalition to End Racism in America’s Child Care System 22075 Koths, Taylor, MI 48180

National Employment Lawyers Association 535 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133. Tel: (415) 397-6335. Lawyers specializing in employment discrimination.

The Prejudice Institute 2743 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218, Tel: (410) 243-6987

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs 443 Park Avenue South, New York City, NY 10016. Tel: (212) 684-6950

National Urban League 500 E 62nd Street, New York City, NY 10021. Tel: (212) 310-9000

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Room 5116, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20410. Tel: (202) 708-2878

People for the American Way 2000 M Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel: (202) 467-4999

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund 99 Hudson Street, New York City, NY 10013. Tel: (212) 219-3360

RACE – Funded by the Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation and part of the American Anthropological Association. “How does race shape the way you see the world?” The Race Project has developed educational materials (lesson plans and exercises) for parents and teachers.

Racism and Bigotry Anonymous (RABA) 256 Farallones, San Francisco, CA 94112-2939. Tel: (415) 587-4207. A twelve-step program for persons dealing with the damaging personal effects of racism.

A. Philip Randolph Institute 1114 I Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20005. Tel: (202) 289-2774

Southern Christian Leadership Conference 34 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Tel: (404) 522-1420

Southern Poverty Law Center Box 2087, Montgomery, AL 36102. Tel: (205) 246-0286 Has brought law suits against the KKK and other white supremacist groups.


Barkan, S.E. & Cohn, S.F. (1994). “Racial Prejudice and Support for the Death Penalty by Whites.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 31, 202-209.

Billings, J.C. (1992). “Racism in the 90s: Is it Hip to Hate?” Education Digest, 58, 35-39.

Buckley, W.F., Jr. (1994, December 19). “Is Everybody a Racist?” National Review, 71.

Burgest, D. (1973, September). “Racist Use of the English Language.” Black Scholar, 37-45.

Calabrese, R.L. & Wilson, R. (1993). “Combating Racism: Helping Students Move Beyond Color.” NASSP Bulletin, 77, 24-31.

Cose, E. (1994, October 24). “Color-coordinate Truths: When Blacks Internalize the White Stereotype of Inferiority.” Newsweek, p. 62.

Eatwell, R. (1994). “Why are Fascism and Racism Reviving in Western Europe?” Political Quarterly, 65, 313-325.

Freeman, G. (1993). “Not Trying is not the Answer.” The Crisis, 100, 15-16.

Graham, L.O. (1992, August 17). “Invisible Man: Why Did This $105,000-a-year Lawyer From Harvard go to Work as a $7-an-hour Busboy at the Greenwich Country Club-And What did he Find?” New York, pp. 26-34.

Holder, J. (1992). “The Issue of Race: A Search for a Biblical/Theological Perspective.” The Journal of Religious Thought, 49, 44-57.

Jaroff, L. (1994, April 4). “Teaching Reverse Racism: A Strange Doctrine of Black Superiority is Finding its Way into Schools and Colleges.” Time, p. 74-75.

Jones, P. (1989, April 7). “The Language of Racism.” Scholastic Update.

Lacayo, R. (1992, May 18). “This Land is Your Land…This Land is My Land.” Time, pp. 28-33.

McMahon, A. & Allen-Mearse, P. (1992). “Is Social Work Racist? A Content Analysis of Recent Literature.” Social Work, 37, 533-539.

Moore, R.B. (1988). “Racist Stereotyping in the English Language.” In Rothenberg, P.S. (ed.). Racism and Sexism: An Integrated Study. New York City: St. Martin’s Press.

Puddington, A. (1992, July). “Is White Racism the Problem?” Commentary, 31-36.

Ridgeway, J. (1992, September/October). “Lenny Zeskind: A Mild-mannered Man Bent on Stopping Klansmen, Skinheads, and Other Racists.” Utne Reader, 40.

Ruback, R.B. & Snow, J.N. (1993). “Territoriality and Nonconscious Racism at Water Fountains: Intruders and Drinkers (Blacks and Whites) are Affected by Race.” Environment and Behavior, 25, 250-267.

Skogan, W.G. (1995). “Crime and the Racial Fears of White Americans.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 539, 59-71.

Sleeter, C.E. (1994). “A Multicultural Educator Views White Racism.” Education Digest, 59, 33-36.

Stein, A. (1994). “Race Relations in America: What we Really Think of Each Other.” Human Rights, 21, 26-29.

Sullivan, L.W. (1991, November 20). “Effects of Discrimination and Racism on Access to Health Care.” Journal of the American Medical Association.

Turner, J. (1995). “Inequity in the System: Racism in American Society and on College Campuses.” The Black Collegian, 25, 123-126.

Urban Family Magazine, P.O. Box 40125, Pasadena, CA 91104.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X. (1985). New York: Grove.

Bell, D.A. (1992). Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. New York City: Basic Books. Black Biblical Studies: An Anthology of Charles C. Copher. (1993). Chicago: Black Light Fellowship.

Cone, J. (1991). Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare?Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Dudley, W. & Cozic, C. (eds.). (1991). Racism in America. San Diego: Greenhaven Press.

Ellis, C. (1993). Beyond Liberation: The Gospel in the African-American Experience(2nd ed.). Chattanooga, TN: Accord.

Evans, T. (1995). Let’s get to Know Each Other: What White Christians Should Know about Black Christians. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Feagin, J.R. (1994). Living with Racism: The Black Middle Class Experience.Boston: Beacon Press.

Finkenstaedt, R.L.H. (1994). Face to Face: Blacks in America, White Perceptions and Black Realities. New York City: William Morrow and Co.

Ford, C.W. (1994).We Can all Get Along: 50 Steps You Can Take to End Racism. New York City: Dell Publishing.

Graham, L. (1995). Member of the Club: Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World. New York City: Harper Collins.

Griffin, J.H. (1977). Black Like Me. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Hacker, A. (1992). Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal. New York City: Toronto.

Haley, A. (1976). Roots. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Hooks, B. (1992). Black Looks: Race and Representation. Boston: South End Press.

Kehrein, G. & Washington, R. (1993). Breaking Down Walls. Chicago: Moody Press.

Kochman, T. (1981). Black and White Styles in Conflict. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

King, M. (1991). Freedom Song. New York City: Knopf.

Lehmann, N. (1991). The Promised Land. New York City: Knopf.

McKissack, P. & McKissack, F. (1990). Taking a Stand Against Racism and Racial Discrimination. New York City: Franklin Watts, Inc.

Morrison, T. (ed.). (1992). Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality. New York City: Pantheon Books.

Oates, S.B. (1982). Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Mentor Books.

Pannell, B. (1993). The Coming Race Wars? A Cry for Reconciliation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Patterson, J. & Kim, P. (1991). The Day America Told the Truth. New York: Prentice Hall Press.

Perkins, J. (1976). Let Justice Roll Down. Glendale, CA: Regal.

Perkins, J. (1982). With Justice for All. Ventura, CA: Regal.

Perkins, J. & Tarrants, T.A., III, Wimbish, David. (1994). He’s My Brother. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books.

Reddy, M.T. (1994). Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting and Culture. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Ridgeway, James. (1991). Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press.

Rose, D.D. (1992). The Emergence of David Duke and the Politics of Race. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Skinner, T. (1970). How Black is the Gospel? New York City: Pillar Books.

Sowell, T. (1983). The Economics and Politics of Race. William Morrow.

Steele, S. (1990). The Content of our Character: A New Vision of Race in America. New York City: St. Martin’s Press.

Thompson, S.E. (1994). Hate Groups. San Diego: Lucent Books.

Turkel, S. (1992). Race: How Blacks and Whites Feel About America’s Obsession. Doubleday.

Weary, D. (1990). I Ain’t Comin’ Back. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

West, C. (1993). Race Matters. Boston: Beacon Press.

Media and Teaching Materials

Bell, D. (1987). And We are not Saved. New York City: Basic Books. Each chapter is a fictional story, conversation, or scenario dealing with racism. There is also a classroom appendix with questions for discussion for each chapter. This is an excellent book for a session with either older youth or adults; each chapter is complete within itself.

Challenge racism: Christian Perspectives on Social Issues. Published by Cokesbury Bookstores: 1-800-672-1789. (Call to order copies). Contains five sessions on racism and the church; can be used for either youth or adults.

Cruz, V. & Cooley, J. Breaking Down the Walls: Responding to the Racism that Divides Us. A six-session curriculum produced by the Presbyterian Church, USA.  A bit dry, but a good place to start; can be adapted for use with kids.

Eyes on the Prize. Public television series documenting the civil rights years. Textbook-style resource available by the same name by Williams, J. (1987). New York: Viking Press.

Ford, C.W. (1994). We Can all Get along: 50 Steps You Can Take to End Racism. New York City: Dell Publishing. Contains excellent ideas and resources for home, work, and community use; some chapters could be used for a youth group discussion.

Hayden, C.D. (ed.). (1992). Venture into Cultures: A Resource Book of Multicultural Materials and Programs. Chicago: American Library Association.

Katz, J. (1978). White Awareness Handbook for Anti-racism Training. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Perkins, J. (1982). With Justice for All. Ventura, CA: Regal Books. Book addresses issues of racism, classism and “white flight.” Included in the appendix are seven “lessons” designed to heighten awareness and challenge white suburbanites. Several lessons could be used with youth, and any of the lessons could be used by itself for one session.

Responding to Injustice. Active Bible Curriculum.


The Heart of Hatred Bill Moyers interviews a variety of people who have explored the heart of hatred. A Los Angeles gang member uses hate as a survival weapon. White supremacist leader Tom Metzger defends his policies of hate both in a court of law and in interviews. A former Israeli soldier tells how he disguised himself as a Palestinian in order to better understand the source of his own hatred. High school students in Bensonhurst, New York, discuss the beating death of a black youth in their neighborhood, and Myrlie Evers, wife of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers, talks about her own triumph over hate after her husband’s untimely death. A man who physically abused his wife is presented as an example of people who act hatefully when their identity and self esteem are threatened. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6797. 52 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: [email protected], website:

Learning to Hate In this second program, Moyers focuses on how children learn to hate and how attitudes toward hatred differ from culture to culture. A youth of Arab-Israeli descent becomes friends with a young Orthodox Jew at an international training center that teaches young people the tools for dialogue and understanding. High school students in Bensonhurst analyze the origins of hatred against gays. In Washington D.C., a Holocaust survivor teaches children how stereotyping breeds hatred, and how that hatred can lead to persecution. Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Vaclav Havel, Li Lu, and Northern Ireland peace activist Mairead Corrigan Maguire share their own experiences with hatred and discuss the resolve that helped them deal with them. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6798. 39 minutes in color. Purchase price, $89.95. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: [email protected]

Both of the above videos comprise the series, “Beyond Hate.” Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6796. Purchase price, $159. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: [email protected]

Skinheads USA: The Pathology of Hate The Los Angeles Times has called this award winning film, “A disturbing and ultimately depressing look at an American subculture.” This video offers an extended look at the phenomenon of the steady growth of white supremacy groups in the U.S. during the late 1980s and 1990s. This documentary looks inside an actual neo-Nazi Skinhead organization, its operations, and its personalities. The viewer follows the day-to-day activities at headquarters, White Power rallies, recruitment drives, and even inside a prison, where four Skinheads are jailed following the murder of a black man. The program powerfully captures firsthand the distorted idealism and openly racist objectives of the neo-Nazi youth movement. Caution: footage includes profanity and violence against minorities. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998 Catalogue, #BFU6287. 54 minutes, in color. Purchase price, $129. Rental price $75. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, P.O. Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053. Phone: 800-257-5126, fax: 609-275-3767, email: [email protected]


Boyz in the Hood (R) – Young black men growing up in the inner city.

Bopha! (PG 13) – Deals with apartheid.

The Color Purple (PG 13) Corrina, CorrinaDangerous Minds – Deals with an inner city school.

The Fringe Dwellers (PG) – Racism and the Australian Aborigines.

GloryFirst African Americans to fight in the civil war.

Higher Learning (R) – Deals with racism on a college campus, viewed from all sides.

Hitler’s Henchmen (Documentary)

King: Montgomery to Memphis (Documentary)

MLK: I Have A Dream (Documentary)

Juice (R) 

Laurel Avenue (R) – Inner city family saga.

Malcolm X(R) – Based on the autobiography.

Mississippi Masala (R) – Interracial romance, between a Black man and Indian woman.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Documentary)

RootsBased on the novel by Alex Haley.

Schindler’s List (R) – True story of a Nazi who saved several thousand Jews during WWII.

Separate but Equal (PG)

South Central (R) – About inner city life.

Straight Out of Brooklyn (R)

Swing KidsResponse of non-Jewish German teens to the holocaust, and their responsibility for letting it happen.

The Twisted Cross (Documentary on the holocaust)


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