Our partners have compiled lots of information about demands, donations, mutual aid, resources, and stories.

For the next two weeks, drive thru petition signing will be in the parking lot of:

First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Volunteers are also needed to at the petition-signing location!

Bob Kroll is a racist and transphobic leader who promotes police brutality. Sign the petition to remove him as head of the Minneapolis Police Union.

Tell the MN POST Board to revoke the licenses of Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane.

Call the MN POST Board at: 651-643-3060, and leave a message.

Call the Mayor's Office

Call Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and demand justice for George Floyd. Personal number: 612-968-4443, Office: 612-673-2100. Tell him to:

  • Hold the police accountable for their use of excessive force during the protests.
  • Cut the Minneapolis Police Department's budget. We need money to keep our communities healthy during the pandemic, not murder them in the streets.
  • Block the officers who murdered George Floyd from receiving their pensions.
  • Ban the officers who murdered George Floyd from ever becoming police officers again.

Sign onto this petition created by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block.

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. Sign Reclaim the Block’s petition.


This page is a work in progress!

A Guide for White Allies

This guide (created 6/2/2020) was created and edited by white staff members at OutFront Minnesota following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of this guide is not to be exhaustive or perfect. In fact, we recognize that there are gaps in the knowledge within this guide, but we hope the resources given here help provide a jumping off point for white allies, who are both just starting out and those who are expanding their knowledge. Much of the resources provided below gear white allies towards topics of decolonization, environmental racism, anti-racism, and police abolition. 
 If you are a person of color, and have other resources or information that you may believe will help white allies learn, or even critiques on the resources provided, please email editor@outfront.org.

We also have this guide also available as a google document, which you can find here.

It should also be noted that this guide is geared toward anti-blackness and racist narratives around Black people in the United States. 

This guide may be shared, duplicated, and reprinted for other uses.

Much of this guide includes links and resources gathered by Black and Indigenous people of color and put into other resource guides (which are linked in their respective sections). Part of our work as white allies is to not only vocally support our Black and Indigenous communities, but to support them monetarily, too. If you’re unable to go to protests and are looking for another way to support our leaders and freedom fighters, consider donating to the organizations listed in the donate tab.


Some of the language below may be new or confusing to you. So here’s a brief guide to understanding some language you may see over and over again during the current uprising:

  • BIPOC: stands for black and Indigenous people of color. This is used to emphasize black and Indigenous struggles. 
  • POC: stands for people of color. This refers to all people of color, and does not distinguish certain groups like BIPOC does. Do not use POC if you specifically mean Black people. POC is not a stand-in when you specifically mean issues that affect certain groups. 
  • AAVE: African American Vernacular English. This article can help explain what it is. This is a must read. AAVE is a dialect, and one that many white people consider to be ‘bad English’ because of racist beliefs. This is especially important for English nerds and people that are crazy about grammar and are prone to correcting others. 
  • Code Switching: Watch this video for a good definition of Code Switching.
  • De jure: (This is more legal and governmental terminology, but it will be helpful to explain to your white friends and family) De jure is anything that happens according to laws. For example, slavery was De jure in that it was supported by the laws set in place. It was legal. 
  • De facto: Opposite, in a way, to De jure. De facto is based in reality. Example of this would be the segregation of white people and Black people in schools in housing, which continues post-segregation despite being illegal. This happens because of the history of legal segregation such as redlining which made certain neighborhoods Black and certain neighborhoods exclusively white. De facto racism can also happen inadvertently, which often occurs in all-white or majority-white governmental systems. In short, De facto happens in practice, whether intentional or not, and it doesn't matter if the practice in question is illegal or not. 
  • Systemic racism or institutional racism: The definition of systemic, or institutional racism, is best given by Kwame Ture, who created the phrase.
    •  “When terrorists bomb a black church and kill five black children, that is an act of individual racism, widely deplored by most segments of the society. But when in that same city – Birmingham, Alabama – five hundred black babies die each year because of the lack of proper food, shelter and medical facilities, and thousands more are destroyed and maimed physically, emotionally and intellectually because of conditions of poverty and discrimination in the black community, that is a function of institutional racism...It is institutional racism that keeps black people locked in dilapidated slum tenements, subject to the daily prey of exploitative slumlords, merchants, loan sharks and discriminatory real estate agents. The society either pretends it does not know of this latter situation, or is in fact incapable of doing anything meaningful about it.” (p.4 of Black Power, 1992)
  • Environmental racism: Environmental racism is when, intentionally or not, Black people and people of color are placed in areas with intense ecological degradation, pollution, and more. Examples would be East Saint Louis, Illinois, where the Viola incinerator is located. The incinerator burns chemicals from pharmaceutical companies, meth and drugs confiscated by police, and more. This has had intense and irreversible health effects of the Black people in East Saint Louis, with 99% of the population there being Black. Another example would be the treatment and struggles many Indigenous communities had once placed on reservation land, which was almost always unfarmable and unsuitable for sustained life. This happens politically, too. Environmental racism also looks like the DAPL pipeline, and the Keystone Access pipeline. You can read more about environmental racism here.

So, you’re trying to be a good ally to Black people and people of color in your community. But, as you’ve likely found out by now, there are a lot of different ways to do that.
You can directly support protest efforts, lending your skills as a medic, firefighter, a human shield between Black people and police, or driver for local community efforts. You can help clean up after protests. You can donate directly to BIPOC, or to BIPOC led organizations (which you should do even if you participate in the aforementioned activities), you can pick up and deliver supplies to communities in need, or you can talk to your friends and family about whiteness and white supremacy. If you can, you should do all of these, especially educating your white friends and family, as well as yourself. While these are good ways to do all of this, there are also bad ways that can have negative effects on the community you’re trying to help, and the antiracist person you’re trying to become.

Here’s an ongoing lists of do’s and don'ts: both at protests, on social media, and for your ongoing allyship to your communities

  1. Don’t post how you’ve been such a “good ally” on social media. Why not? Because your efforts will be, and likely are, performative and egotistical. What does performative mean? It means you are, literally, putting on a performance for others, mostly other white people in the hopes of being seen as a ‘good person’ for doing that “work.” Posting updates on protest efforts, and trying to utilize your platform to educate white people is an excellent way to use your platform and speak out on social justice. So here are some examples of performative actions you should avoid:
    1. You posted a black square on #blackouttuesday, but said nothing about police abolition, antiracism, before or after. You haven’t donated any money to Black people directly, or to Black-led organizations. You also haven’t been to a local protest site, to either support protest efforts or to help clean up. 
    2. You post constant updates about how you’re “leading protests,” or “on the front lines” of protests. White people that engage with this work often, either as a protestor, organizer, medic, driver, etc. don’t act like this. You are not leading anything, and to frame yourself as a savior because you were “on the front lines” centers the struggle around you. This struggle is not for you to make a name for yourself. It’s to end white supremacy and the murder of Black people. It's your role to follow the lead of Black people and Black organizers, and support in whatever way they ask. 
    3. You’re constantly centering your emotions and feelings on the issues at hand without elevating any experiences from BIPOC. 
    4. Do not ask your BIPOC friends and family to find books or resources to help educate you. You are more than able to find them on your own, and there are hundreds of guides online. If you have asked and received resources, don’t ignore these resources and decide not to read them. This is performative, and overall obnoxious and rude behavior. 
  2. Do not share images or videos of black people being murdered. This includes the footage of Amaud Arbery, George Floyd, Michael Brown, and so many more. This is retraumatizing and tiring for Black people. If you do share images of police brutality, or videos that may contain images of police brutality, include content warnings (or cw’s for abbreviation) that state what exactly is in the video so people can choose to engage with the content you’ve just posted.
  3. Throughout this guide, you will see that ‘Black’ is always capitalized. This is done because, after we spent some time reading more, it’s clear that Black is the proper way to discuss Black lives, Black people, and white allyship. Like Indigenous or Native, Black should also be capitalized because it jumps off the page, but also because it emphasizes that this is referring to a group, a culture, and people.
  4. When interacting with accounts run by Black people, and by people of color in general, do not engage (e.g., liking, commenting, sharing) with posts that are by BIPOC people critiquing their community. You, as a white person, do not have a say in how communities of color, especially those that are having conversations on anti-Blackness, conduct those conversations. You also don’t get to weigh in on certain critiques someone of a certain community makes about their own community. Focus on white people and white communities.
  5. When engaging with social media accounts run by Black people, and POC, don’t demand emotional labor, or argue with their feelings and opinions on white people, institutions, or political ideologies. If you’re going to follow BIPOC, your job is to learn from what they’re saying, and actively read the materials they put out for their followers. Don’t self insert yourself into conversations, or demand things that you can, once again, find on your own.
  6. No matter how educated you feel, you do not get to speak on issues impacting Black people in Black spaces. What does this mean? Just because you feel educated on a topic like police brutality, when Black people are having discussions on it, or any topic, you as a white person do not get to self-insert yourself into the discussion. This includes protest and organizing spaces, but also on social media. Your job is to speak to white people, and educate them on white supremacy.

Here are some do's and don’ts when trying to further your education

  1. Don’t demand emotional labor from people of color. What is emotional labor? Emotional labor is when you demand someone explain traumatic or information you could easily find yourself by utilizing books or the internet. An example would be asking your Black family and friends to explain why police brutality is wrong, or explain a time when racism hurt them. By asking these questions, you’re demanding that they explain events that other BIPOC have explained in detail already in books, movies, podcasts, and news articles (many of which you can find below!) 
  2. Avoid reading too many books and articles on race written by white people. Below, you’ll find we’ve intentionally included several books written by white people for white readers, but most are written by Black people. Research authors before reading books, and ensure you’re getting the best information possible. Several reading lists have circulated the internet recently on antiracism, and they often include books written almost exclusively by white
  3. This is language you will hear over and over again in this guide and others like it, but remember this: your antiracism education is never over. You will never be “done” learning. As a result, you will never be a perfect ‘ally.’ We believe one of the most important things for you to remember, too, is that being an ally isn’t just an end goal. You will begin to see language like ‘we don’t want allies, we want accomplices.’ This is what you should aim for. Are you willing to get arrested for your Black neighbors, friends, and family? Are you willing to put yourself between Black people and the police? Will you show up for Black people and Black communities when they ask for your help? Will you donate to Black organizations and Black people? WILL YOU CORRECT YOURSELF WHEN BLACK PEOPLE TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU DID WAS WRONG? Even if you're willing and able to support Black people in these ways, you still need to continue your education.


  • Go in easy. White people are extremely sensitive and defensive around this stuff - it's called white fragility. BIPOC have no obligation to coddle them, but we do. Even if the person is saying some egregious shit, if they're listening to you, do not rush in with a terse accusation. Be firm on the principles but gentle on the delivery. Always remember, the goal isn't for you to win an argument, it's for this person to move towards anti-racist thinking and way of life.
  • Don't immediately cut people off just because they're racist. Sometimes this is necessary, but not always. Don't make it a knee jerk reaction. You might be their only access point to anti-racism. We have a duty to keep coming to the table. 
  • Take nothing personally. Remain calm always. This is not about you. Keep the end goal in mind.
  • Choose your battles. This doesn't mean give up when it's hard, it means be strategic. What is your relationship to this person? Are they willing to listen? The closer you are, the more likely they are to listen, and the greater your responsibility to hold them accountable. Gauge the energy you invest based on whether or not the person is listening but don't forget about all the others who can hear or read the conversation. Maybe the person you're talking to is totally vitriolic and beyond help -don't waste your energy battling for days, but still say or do SOMETHING because other people will see that. Always send the message that the right thing to do is to stand up against racism.
  • Something is better than nothing. Don't be silent. Take a stand. Push past the fear. Accept now that you're going to fuck it up. Accept now that you will be critiqued and welcome that as a learning opportunity. Anti-racism is a life long learning process that starts inside of you.
  • Explain terms. Explain history. Don't assume shared understandings. Continue to educate yourself if you’re confused or unclear on concepts, terms, or history.


These articles were added on 6/2/2020, and may be outdated by the time you read them. However, these were included because we felt they pertained to the situations unfolding across the country, and the implications that came with them. Some of the articles may have been from years prior, but still ring true today. Please keep the date in mind when reading these articles, especially if they have news items within them that relate to events that have since changed. If you’re someone that likes to write in books as you read, or save thoughts for later, the chrome extension Hypothesis may help you.

Fight against pervasive anti-blackness—it has had a hold on the world for centuries and is also a global pandemic claiming many innocent Black lives regularly. It is no longer acceptable to just not be racist. We need you and everyone else to be actively anti-racist.

Dr. Michael Lansing is a local historian and professor at Augsburg University. Dr. Lansing’s writing on dead white men in this article addresses the name change of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, and the discussion to change the name of several halls at the University of Minnesota. This article addresses ‘revisionist history’ concerns when renaming of landmarks and historical buildings come into play.

Another article by Dr.Lansing. This article provides a historical look at how Minneapolis city council has often mishandled uprisings in the city, and has paved the way for more innocent people killed by police, but also for more uprisings to occur. 

Did you engage in the recent Blackout on Instagram? This is a good read for you. Da’Shaun Harrison discusses performative whiteness, and the obnoxiousness of empty platitudes like Black boxes on a screen.

This one is a short read, and it’s all in the title.

A book review and reflection on white allyship, this is a must read article, both for the examination of a book written by and for white allies, but also for its critique of white allies and their “well intentioned” harm.

A look into how large corporations took a Black creative’s idea and turned it into their own, and a critique on the longstanding practice of stealing Black ideas and products for profit. There are other articles linked within this one that expand on these themes.

This was recommended by activists both associated and not associated with nonprofits. This article shows the ways white supremacy can covertly show up in your work. 

This is a guide to understanding that no neighborhood is truly “dangerous,” and instead that our feelings around ‘danger’ come from over policing of certain areas,primarily where Black people live, and extreme poverty.

A quick essay on how white people avoid discussing racism under the guise of their ‘mental health.’

In the title- this essay is a good read on Black Wall Street and the ways we hide Black history. 

Shaun King, online activist and one of the biggest social media activists has been criticized time and time again for taking money, mismanaging funds, and taking ideas from other activists. Black women have been critiquing Shaun from the beginning. It’s time to listen to them.

This article is an important perspective on white women. If you had seen the dramatic and terrifying video of a white woman threatening a Black man in Central Park after he asked her to put her dog on a leash, this will help center some of those feelings.

This is a conversation with Dr.Bill Green, Daniel Bergin, and Kirsten Delegard, who respectively have done critical work on Black people in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. Dr. Bill Green is a History professor at Augsburg University, Daniel Bergin is a filmmaker and writer with Twin Cities PBS, and Kirsten Delegard is part of Historyapolis, and part of the Mapping Prejudice team.

Trevon Teller is a student at Augsburg University. He published this piece as a reflection on the last few weeks, religion, and activism.

Thoughts on Performative Allyship by C. Terrance Anderson


If you’re struggling with where to start on antiracism work, this section is intentionally listed as a reading list that will, hopefully, progress with the reader. 1-9 are books that are considered foundational, coming at antiracism from a perspective of sociology (study of groups of people, laws, etc.), Black voices both nonfiction and literature, and historical perspectives. 7-14 are books meant to continue to build on these themes, as well as introduce new concepts that you may be unfamiliar with, such as police abolition and decolonization. 15-23 are books that provide a jumping-off point into other forms of literature, including theology, anti-capitalism, decolonization, and so on.
You will notice that few of these books are written by white people. This is intentional. Books included that are written by white authors were deemed necessary because of their accessibility, but also because their content is on whiteness itself. Readers should be wary of any antiracism lists collected that utilize mostly white authors and do not center BIPOC  voices. We highly recommend avoiding fiction books about the lives of BIPOC written by white people (The Help written by Kathryn Stockett is a book and movie we'd recommend avoiding). We believe that you will not get the full scope of racism, the historical aspects of race in America, and how racism and race impacts America today by reading exclusively white academic authors.

It’s important to remember that, even if you feel you’re conceptually ready for more, starting at the first book will also benefit you. Feel free to pick and choose which books to read, but also don’t be afraid to return to the foundational reads at the start of the list. All of these works are vital to gaining a fuller understanding of whiteness, colonization, antiracism, and white allyship. Even if you think you can jump into heavier reads, but haven’t read some of these more foundational texts, please consider going back and reading them anyways.
As white allies, our work is never done. You will be reading, learning, listening, and educating other white people, for the rest of your life. You will also, no matter how much you learn and grow, will always have racist ideas, tendencies, and biases. Learning, listening, and most importantly, acting is what we can do to support our communities, friends, and families. As a reminder, this list is by no means exhaustive. If you see other guides for white allies like this that list a different set of books, those are also worth reading. 

We recommend taking your time and reading through these, and also growing your knowledge in other ways like through podcasts, short news articles, and twitter accounts. 

For all of these books, please consider purchasing them from local bookstores like Boneshaker Books, MayDay Books, Magers and Quinn, Daybreak Books, and Moon Palace Books. Bookstores like the Book House may have a number of these books for greatly reduced prices. All of these bookstores are offering some kind of online operation during COVID-19. Local Libraries have also been adjusting to COVID-19 pandemic. Check with your local librarian to find out if your library is still loaning out books. 

Here are some additional resources and book lists: 

  1. This is a google doc organized much like this one with resources on antiracism work for white people. 
  2. Ibram X. Kendi has created a book list on antiracism with the Chicago Library that is worth checking out 
  3. NoName’s Book Club offers a new book each month on race, gender, politics, history and capitalism. 
  4. Verso Books, a radical publisher of some of the most prominent books on queer, race, class, and gender theory has a lot of handy book lists. One we’d specifically recommend is Verso’s booklist on antiracism and decolonization.Some books on this list you will find below, but many are not included other lists they’ve created that are also valuable is their list on abolition and black struggle, which was also referenced heavily for the list compiled below. 
  5. If you want to find a book listed below, check out the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library. They have thousands of scanned books for loan, including rare and hard to find texts. (NOTE: as of 6/12/2020, the National Emergency Library hosted by the Internet Archive was moved to a controlled lending model because of "Copyright Infringement." We believe that the National Emergency Library is an important educational tool that allows access to thousands of rare, hard to find, and out of print books that libraries often don't have the capacity for. If you'd like to support the Internet Archive and read more about this here is the Libraries blog post.)
  6. This is a Twitter thread filled with other incredible books worth a read, with PDF attached. Any books that are both on this Twitter list and on our list below have their PDF’s located within their descriptions.

This book is a foundational text for all anti-racism work. In the media you watch, listen to, and read, this book is often cited. If you consider yourself above ‘beginner’ anti-racism text, but haven’t read The New Jim Crow, please read this book. This is also an excellent resource to provide to your white family members that may struggle with these concepts, and will help you concisely develop points when discussing these topics of race and antiracism. The website for the book also includes a study guide if you want a more indepth reading.

This is a highly and often recommended book for those starting antiracist work. A memoir, it will help open up the conversation on antiracism as well as viewing racism that’s concentrated within power itself. Ibram X. Kendi has a number of other books that are accessible and easy to read for youth, including A Baby’s Guide to Antiracism and Stamped (which a number of reviews say is accessible to middle schoolers.)

This is a good place to start if you’re interested in sports, and even if you aren’t. Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion and three-time pro bowl defense end. In this book, he discusses racism, the NFL, the NCAA, and the protest of athletes. Dave Zirin, the co-author, is also a writer on sports and resistance politics, and has another book that would be excellent for sports enthusiests. We also recommend Redemption Song by Mike Marqusee, which focuses on the political struggle of Muhammad Ali in the 1960s.

Things that Make White People Uncomfortable is also adapted into a book for young adults.


A classic. This book speaks on liberation and joy in Black lives. Maya Angelou’s writing is invaluable to even the most advanced white ally. This book isn't necessarily anti-racist, but we believe it's important to also read on Black joy and Black liberation in addition to anti-racism works. 

Here is a free PDF of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

(ADDED 7/2) This book, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, has been removed. Why? At the start of the Uprising, this book was highly recommended by white voices and was amplified as a result. It has come to our attention since then that this book is generally disliked among Black activists and organizers. In the last month it has also become clear that the author herself does not reflect our values in decolonial and anti-racism work. Bear with us as we find a book to replace this one with on our listing. In the meantime, please read Nell Irvin Painter's History of White People (#9) and Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Y. Davis (#11) If you have any good suggestions for books, or have further questions, please email grant at grant@outfront.org

James Baldwin is foundational. Any of James Baldwin’s writings and speeches are an excellent read for anyone trying to engage more in antiracism work. James Baldwin was a leader of the Civil Rights movement, as well as social commentator. His writings continue to have impact, and are a highly recommended place to begin. 

Here is an audiobook of The Fire Next time, and also a free PDF

A nonfiction book, this details an excellent story on conformity, white beauty, and racism. Toni Morrison is an excellent author, and her works as well as the ones above are excellent reads for anyone at any level of understanding around antiracism. 

Here is a free PDF for The Bluest Eye

This is a historical account of how women of color fought for reproductive rights. Often pushed to the side of abortion discussions, the work women of color did, and continue to do, often goes overlooked by white political acvitists and historians. This book pulls their stories to the front and is a good accompanying read to other books such as Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy E. Roberts (check out other works by Dorothy E. Roberts, too.)

This book illustrates the history of race, and how whiteness is preferred economically, politically, scientifically, and culturally. This book is highly recommended among white allies, and will help expand your understanding of whiteness.

This book is a critical analysis of the importance of Dr. King’s historic speech, and why it’s an American classic. This book also weaves in perspectives of other civil rights leaders, allowing for the historical context of the speech to emerge in ways unseen before. White people often site King without knowing much, if any, of his history of beliefs. Consider looking into historical accounts of MLK written by Black authors. 

Angela Davis is a name that will appear over and over again in this list, and it’s best to get comfortable with her writing. An incredible writer on prisons, police, and race, Angela Davis questions the use of prisons and their function, as well as our notion of criminal justice. 

Here is the free PDF of Are Prisons Obsolete?

Malcolm X, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was a Muslim Minister and Black liberationist. Malcolm X’s autobiography is an important part in understanding both antiracism and Black liberationist work. Any of Malcolm X’s speeches and writings are important reads for anyone at any level of antiracism work.

Angela Davis, one of the most celebrated Black and queer activists of the 20th century, edited this anthology of letters and essays from a number of Black liberationists and radicals including several members of the Black Panther party. This reflects on the U.S. justice and prison system, including Davis’ own struggles.

W.E.B Du Bois’ writings are another highly recommended read. Du Bois’ continues to be an incredibly influential thinker on race, and much of his sociological thinking and political activism is still praised today. Darkwater gives a militant perspective to reform for Black Americans, but also provides perspective on race, gender, and eurocentric standards of beauty.

This is a collection of essays and speeches by Angela Y. Davis. Davis speaks on Black feminism, Black liberation, and prison abolition. This book also discusses state violence and global struggles for liberation. 

Here is the free PDF of Freedom is a Constant Struggle.

This book is considered a landmark text for Black feminism, and analyzes the lack of representation of Black people in media, politics, and culture. In this book Wallace reflects on her own life, as well as that of prominent Black women.

This is a classic text on the global relations of racism and the Black power movement. This allows for a better look at the international context of decolonization, mass movements, and racism. Walter Rodney was a prominent Guyanese historian and political activist.

This book is an edited compilation of texts written by important Black figures throughout history, including Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Bayard Rustin, Ella Baker, and others. This book is meant to serve as an analysis of the connections between race, gender, and class in the United States.

This is one of the only books written by a white author included in this list. This book is meant to spark discussion and thoughts about what policing looks like to you, but also what a world without police may look like. This book (as of 6/3/2020) is a free e-book through the link above. Another book worth looking into (and also a free e-book) is Police: A Field Guide.

An edited collection of essays and interviews with prominent Black feminists, and their reflections on the Combahee River Collective in the 1960s and 1970s, which was a movement of Black feminist writers and activists. This book was a Lambda LGBTQIA literary award winner in 2018.

A radical look at antiracism work and identity politics, Hadier pulls in knowledge of Black freedom struggle to inform a discussion on race and class. This book serves as a call beyond what Verso Books calls “colorblind chauvinism.” This book is recommended by prominent writers like Judith Butler and Zadie Smith.

This is a standard text for American activists. This book offers a deep look into the intertwined history of class and race in the United States, and how Black Americans suffered, and continue to suffer, under late stage capitalism.

This book analyzes and looks deep into the life of Malcolm X and the importance of his work in regards to religious and political philosophy. This book brings in 13 different scholars to emphasize and analyze Malcolm X’s revolutionary role. This book is listed at the end of our list because it may require a firmer grasp on Malcolm X’s political and religious identity, as well as the reason why his beliefs are so necessary and applicable today.


Podcasts are an excellent way to relax and learn at the same time. These are often easy to listen to while cooking, driving, or doing your favorite activity. Some podcasts are hosted on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or Soundcloud. Keep this in mind when downloading and looking for podcasts to listen to.

NPR’s Code Switch is an excellent resource on anti racism work. This is one of our favorite podcasts to listen to, and will help provide a good jumping off point for learning about race through history, and discussion on current news and issues.

The Nod, a podcast on Black history.

The Stoop, dialogues about Blackness, Black identity, led by two Black journalists.

Identity Politics, a podcast hosted by two Black Muslim women. This podcast covers religion, gender, and race.

99% Invisible covers a number of topics, including design, cities, and history. They often intertwine race and topics that you may not have thought about, such as how the Sears catalogs (mail order catalogs from the 1920s), enabled Black Americans to buy homes and avoid being discriminated against by white realtors. Other good episodes include The Green Book Redux, Note: this podcast, unlike the ones above, does not specifically focus on race. This is a worthy podcast to listen to because of its ability to intertwine racial history into topics you may not have thought about before.


This may be an easier way to engage with some of the materials. Below is a list compiled of some movies, documentaries, and youtube videos you may find helpful. We recommend not watching movies like The Help, which was written by white people for largely white audiences. Instead, we encourage you to look for movies that were produced and directed by Black people. Kanopy, another streaming service we will direct you to below, is free through some libraries, and free for students at Universities. We will never recommend utilizing services like Amazon to find movies, videos, books, etc. Curious as to why? Read this article.

Here’s a key for which platforms you can find these videos on. Youtube videos or free videos online will always have the hyperlink in their title. 

  • Netflix→ (NF)
  • Hulu→ (H) 
  • Google Play→ (GP)
  • Kanopy→ (K)

(NF), available for free on YouTube

This documentary focuses on the 13th amendment and how it’s allowed for generations of Black people to be incarcerated and used as cheap/free labor, and as a result is a continuation of slavery itself, cemented into the constiution. 

(GP), (K)

This documentary follows and recounts the writing and lectures of the legendary James Baldwin. We recommend watching, as well as listening to James Baldwin debate reactionary speakers like William F. Buckley. Please consider reading other works by James Baldwin such as Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell it On the Mountain, and If Beale Street Could Talk.


This is a documentary on the Ferguson Uprising written and told by the people that lived through the uprising. 

Available for free through this link.

A historical look at the Black Panther party and their impact. 

Available for free through this link.

This is for Minnesotans and Northerners who think oppression, discrimination, and racism didn’t and doesn’t exist as it does in the South. 

Featured in this video is the Mapping Prejudice project. This project maps redlining and housing covenants in the Twin Cities that stated that the land could not be sold to Black people and POC. Please consider checking out Mapping Prejudice here.

This video also features Dr. William Green, a historian on African Americans in Minnesota. We encourage you to look into Dr.Green’s work, and join him on Monday, June 8th, for a conversation on the 100th anniversary of the Duluth Lynchings. 

Available on YouTube for purchase 

In the 1960s and 70s, a Swedish film crew came to America to document the Black Power movement. This includes interviews with some of the most powerful and popular voices of the Black power movement, including Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael and Bobby Seale.


Before we send you off to follow these accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, we want to reiterate that, as white allies, it is not your job to argue with these accounts, hound them for information, or even engage with their content beyond reading their posts. These people are not your friends, and do not owe you anything. We’ve listed above some more in depth do’s and don’ts when interacting with social media accounts online, and suggest you go and check those out before following these accounts.

Organizational Accounts

@mnwfpc (Instagram and Twitter handle)

Women for Political Change is a “WFPC is a multiracial organization holistically investing in the leadership & political power of young women and trans & non-binary folks in MN.”

@Minnesota_Voice (Instagram and Twitter handle)

“Minnesota Voice is a coalition of organizations working toward justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation in underrepresented communities.”

@ReclaimTheBlock (Instagram and Twitter handle)

“A coalition to demand that Minneapolis divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives."

@BlackVisionsCollective (Instagram and Twitter handle)

“We believe in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems”

@blkwomenradicals (Twitter handle)

Black Women Radicals share the thoughts of Black women radicals and uplifts their work.

Non-organizational accounts

@Sonofbaldwin (Twitter handle)

Author and activist, Robert Jones Jr. often shares thoughts on race, racism, and more. He also has a new book coming out that you can check out on his Twitter.

@nowhitesaviors (Twitter handle)

Twitter account dedicated to talking about race and Christian Missionaries. This is a good resource for you to read if you, your church, or the people you know have engaged in missionary work abroad or here in the United States.

@andraydomise (Twitter handle)

Andray is a Canadian writer who discusses history, policing, and anticapitalism regularly.

@angryblkhoemo (Twitter handle)

Writer and blogger, often sharing thoughts on race, gender, and sexuality.

@itsWalela (Twitter handle)

Walela Nehanda (They/Them), is a writer on many topics including race, gender, and disability. 

@noname (Twitter handle)

Noname is a poet, rapper, songwriter, and activist that created Noname’s book club. Their twitter (along with the twitter for Noname’s Book Club) is always full of good resources as well as thoughts on racism, class, books, and poetry.

@doitlikedua (Twitter handle)

Dua Saleh (They/Them) is a Minneapols based singer/songwriter and activist. Dua has been releasing music and writing on the recent protest, as well as being involved directly in protest efforts. Read their recent writing here and find their music on Spotify, including their recent release Body Cast, which donates it’s proceeds to the Black Visions Collective.

Resources for Kids and Young Adults

Just as it’s important for you to unlearn racism and do antiracist work, it’s important to pass these values onto your children. Children ages 5-7 are already evaluating people in accordance to their race, and will pick up on racist actions unintentionally. Even babies and toddlers are starting to recognize race in ways either influenced by their parents, or by other guardian figures. Here are some resources that can help you parent, but also help educate your young adults, toddlers, and elementary schoolers.


Here’s an article by PBS on teaching your child about Black History Month.

Teen Vogue, once considered to be a gossip magazine for teenage girls, has turned into a reliable and often cited political commentator. This writing is accessible and reliable for both teens and parents.


Haymarket Books, a nonprofit book organization that has a number of sales throughout the year, has a small but curated children's section. A number of these are good history books for curious elementary schoolers, and novels for middle school and highschoolers. It’s important to note that your high schooler would also probably enjoy a number of the books above, and that they may take interest in the above reading list rather than those in this section. For middle schoolers, some of the books above may conceptually be too advanced, but books such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings are good for 7-8th graders. It’s important to start this work young.

Here is a list of 31 children's books to help you educate your child. Each book has been labeled with the age range they’re appropriate for, both by content and by reading level. 

Here is the list of award winners for the Coretta Scott King book awards. They also have labels by age, and there is a range for parents looking for more or less advanced books.

The police do not serve nor protect LGBTQ+ people, as we learned during the Stonewall Riots led by our black and brown trans leaders. We don't need the police destroying our communities any longer. Read about 12 Things to do Instead of Calling the Cops by Desprout.


Read MPD150’s powerful, comprehensive report of the history and current reality of the Minneapolis Police Department released on its 150th anniversary. It’s a great introduction to the fight for abolition. You can read it here

These charts break down the difference between reformist reforms which continue or expand the reach of policing, and abolitionist steps that work to chip away and reduce its overall impact. 

The co-editors at the Abusable Past have compiled this list to provide readers with quick access to collected resources for teaching, learning, and acting in the wake of the most recent wave of police killings, including the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, Breona Taylor in Louisville, KY, and Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL. This list is not comprehensive as there are multiple ways to contextualize this current moment of rebellion. We hope to collaborate around a practice of self-study towards a freer world. 

A national list of bail funds and attorneys.

An interactive map of the Twin Cities with information on where to find and donate supplies.

For our homebound and immunocompromised neighbors.

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Please fill out the form below to request help boarding up your business from the University Rebuild group. We do our best to fulfill as many requests as possible, but our capacity is limited to the number of volunteers and materials we have so please be patient and communicative with us. We are working in solidarity with our community, which means that we are prioritizing Black and IPOC (Indigenous, People of Color) owned businesses.

This document is intended for those who would like to support the Minneapolis protests against police violence and demand justice for George Floyd through the arrest of the officers involved.

A graphic of George Floyd surrounded by flowers with the text "Justice for George"

Updated at 4:00PM on Monday, June 8, 2020.