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By Nicola Carpenter on May 17th, 2018

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Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism

Big Ideas | Advocacy | Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression | People Operations | Resources

In October, we posted about our process and reasoning for race-based caucusing at Fractured Atlas. It’s been a few months since then, so we wanted to continue sharing our experiences.

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As the White Caucus Liaison at Fractured Atlas, I’m often asked about resources that the Fractured Atlas White Caucus reads and discusses. Many of these resources were gathered by Tiffany Wilhelm, the White Caucus Guest Facilitator from July through December 2017, and others were picked up from a variety of other places. This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather a jumping-off point for white people to teach themselves about Race and Racism, and to get a sense for the kinds of things the Fractured Atlas White Caucus has been reading/watching/listening.

About Caucusing

Facilitation Resources

Things to Read

These are some of the readings that the Fractured Atlas White Caucus has read.

Things to Listen

Sometimes it’s nice to mix up the media type.

  • Seeing White Series from Scene On Radio, a 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America.
  • Uncivil, a podcast from Gimlet Media that presents a history of the Civil War not often found in school textbooks.
  • Identity Politics, a podcast on race, gender, and Muslims in America.
  • Code Switch, a podcast that presents contemporary news viewed through the lens of race and identity.)

Things to Watch

We want to make sure that the White Caucus stays accountable, and we think that transparency is a powerful accountability tool. What other materials should we add to our list?

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About Nicola Carpenter

Nicola works on the People team at Fractured Atlas, where she finds ways for tools and processes to better align with the organization’s purpose. She believes in tools so much that she sets personal OKRs every quarter. Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, Nicola worked for a variety of arts organizations including MoMA PS1, Walker Art Center, and Heidelberger Kunstverein, and she still has a particular love for museums. Originally from Minneapolis, she received a BFA in Art from the University of Minnesota and continues to stay creative through knitting and sewing clothes. She is currently in too many book clubs, but still somehow finds time to read books about organizational culture for fun.