alt=Twenty people, mostly white, wear nametags and sit semicircle holding papers, their attention on one person standing in center speaking. Flipchart paper is visible in the background.


suggested reading/learning list

current favorites from surj dc members. (This list will grow and change.)

  1. See SURJ National educational resources below, like Racism 101 [webpage].

  2. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh is a classic in anti-racism literature for white people that makes white privilege concrete. Questions for reflection: This was written 30 years ago. What updates would you make? What is still the same? (Thanks Taryn!)

  3. White Supremacy Culture [pdf] by Tema Okun, a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations—and their antidotes. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. Questions for reflection: How did you learn these characteristics? How are they used to support white supremacy? What would it feel like to not be burdened by them?

  4. Wondering why Juneteenth matters? Check out this article [webpage] from Vox about why celebrating Juneteenth is important in 2018.

  5. Seeing White [website/podcast], a 14-part documentary podcast exploring whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works. (Thanks Laura!)

  6.  White Fragility [webpage with downloadable pdf] by Robin DiAngelo describes how white people can build the emotional muscles to talk about race and deal with conflicts around race. This video from DiAngelo also has some of the article's points. (Thanks Kali!)

SURJ-DC AND partner resources

  1. Talking About Race in Social Justice Movements Guide [google doc]
    A sample script to engage white folks at social justice actions in thinking about race and racism.

  2. Alternatives to Calling the Police DC  Resource Guide and Facilitation Guide [google docs]
    Thanks to the SURJ-DC Policing team for creating the resource guide and to the folks with Petworth Immigrants' Rights & Police Accountability for creating the facilitation guide! Have questions about the guide or Interested in hosting a workshop? Contact

reading groups

Education is powerful. Education with other people is even more powerful. Join a small group to explore white privilege and systems of oppression, deepen your analysis, hear others’ insights, and sharpen your vision for collective liberation—with the goal of moving from education to action!

healing circles

Racism hurts all of us, and doing intersectional anti-racism work can bring up a lot of emotions. Join with other white people to process and heal from the damage of white supremacy, in order to rejuvenate our spirits and transform how we show-up in the movement to dismantle it. Watch for events on SURJ DC Weekly Emails or email

SURJ National Resources

SURJ National has designed a series of political education sessions to educate yourself or others, including those linked below. For an introduction to Race and Racism, see PBS site “What is Race.”


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