Resources for Analysis, Action, Reflection, Alliance

This is meant to be an evolving document. Please contact us at whitenoisecollective [at] gmail [dot] com if you notice any broken links or would like to suggest an addition to this list. – WNC

White Noise Shared Understandings

Understanding Privilege Systems

Tools for Challenging Racism

Tools for Having Difficult Conversations about Systems of Oppression

Resources for Parents & Teachers

Understanding and Challenging State Violence

Understanding White Nationalist and Supremacist Groups (Historical, Systemic, Current Contexts)

Ways to Take Action 

Understanding and Challenging Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Racism

  • Good Muslim Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani
  • Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others, by Lila Abu-Lughod. American Anthropologist.
  • ‘No Means No’ – FEMEN’s Assault on Muslim Women by Huma Rashid
  • Imperialist feminism redux by Saadia Toor
  • The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
  • Orientalism by Edward Said
  • Edward Said on Orientalism: video directed by Sut Jhally
    Said argues that the Western (especially American) understanding of the Middle East as a place full of villains and terrorists ruled by Islamic fundamentalism produces a deeply distorted image of the diversity and complexity of millions of Arab peoples.

Media Stereotypes:

    • Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People by Jack Shaheen
    • Media Education Foundation: Reel Bad Arabs film & Study Guide
    • Planet of the Arabs by Jacqueline Salloum, trailer-esque montage illustrating Shaheen’s epic research
    • Covering Islam: How Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World by Edward Said
    • The Making of the Arab Menace by Rayan El-Amine


Alternative Media Sources:

Comedy and humor:

Gender Identity & Gendered Violence

Helping/Saving (Industrial and Psychological) Complexes


Cultural Appropriation

“The thing about cultural appropriation is that the appropriator does not have to face the same consequences that we do for practicing our culture or faith. For them, it is an accessory that can be taken on or off at will, while for us, it is a way of life. …in a society where immigrants and communities of color are marginalized at every level, we can’t pretend that power relations do not exist when we have this conversation about appropriation. Sharing and exchanging cultural and spiritual practices is great, but it gets more complicated when we’re not all on equal footing. It gets more complicated when meaningful things are taken, commodified, and exploited for a profit, with little respect shown to the community they were taken from.”  ~ Sonny Singh Brooklynwala, “Turbans on the Runway: What does it mean for Sikhs?”

General Understanding of Cultural Appropriation: 

On the Appropriation of Native Culture and Spirituality:

On Gender and Two Spirit Identity:

On Orientalism & the Appropriation of Eastern Forms of Culture and Spirituality

Tools for Teaching About Cultural Appropriation:

On Día de los Muertos in the Bay Area:



Media Literacy and Parody

Current Events Analysis

Resource Collections

Anti-Oppression Training, Organizing, and Movement Building

White Anti-Racist Organizations

Herstories Addressing Whiteness and Female Socialization

14 thoughts on “Resources

  1. I am wondering if you might add a link to Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education and/or the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee. Neither is exclusively “white” but both are committed to the struggle to uprooting white supremacy and to de-colonization. You can see something about the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee on a facebook page at “Turning the Tide” has been published for almost 25 years by Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror.

  2. I have a couple of recommendations for your readers. The first is an article called “White Adults Raising White Children to Resist White Supremacy”: one of the few pieces I’ve found on this topic.
    The other is a book by one of the members of Feministing, called “Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists.” Author Courtney E. Martin is extremely attentive to issues of race, class, gender, and her own white privilege. She uses case studies of effective activists to humanize rather than lionise their work, and to help the reader wrestle with her own questions about doing meaningful work.

  3. Hi,

    I was just at a spokescouncil meeting for organizing around MLK and there was a pamphlet explaining white white folks shouldn’t co-opt chants like “I can’t breath,” and “I am Michael Brown.” I wasn’t able to grab one. Is it on the website somewhere? I couldn’t find it.

    Thanks for your time,


  4. “Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked!!! by Emotistyle” should be removed from this list. It literally does not address cultural appropriation at all, and instead simply tells women that if they choose to wear revealing clothing on Halloween that they are wrong and classless. I am all about informing women especially teenagers they they don’t HAVE to wear revealing clothing (ever, Halloweeen or not) to be socially accepted, but to shame women for wearing what they want is just as messed up. This video does not communicate a “pro-outfit choice” attitude, instead it says “you should not wear this because it’s slutty and shameful” and “showing cleaving is wrong.”

  5. Some useful and informative web sites:

    African American Intellectual History Society:
    #Charlestonsyllabus reading list

    Prison Culture; excellent blog on the harm of the prison industrial complex to Black and African Americans

    is intended to provide a credible and reliable source of information for journalists, students and members of the general public who are seeking solid evidence-based research and analysis of “race,” racism, ethnicity, and immigration issues.

    Race Forward
    The Center for Racial Justice Innovation:
    advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

    Race Forward’s You Tube Channel:
    Moving videos about systemic racism, life cycles of inequity, facing race plenaries

    20 Things You Need to Read Before You Talk to Me About Race
    Posted on April 9, 2015 by Crystal

    Inside of the classroom, my goal is to create a safe space for my students to learn about and explore the uncomfortable and challenging topics of inequality, race and racism. Outside of the classroom, my goal is mostly to maintain my sanity through practices of self-care and spirituality, nurture my creative expression, drink good wine and engage in compassionate action in my relationships and communities.

    While my role as an educator and researcher involves teaching and writing on race and social theory, in my civilian life as a writer and regular gal, I have no obligation whatsoever to engage people on issues of race. To the contrary, I have the right to set my own rules of engagement, establish my boundaries and clarify what is and is not acceptable for me. This is especially so given that “talking about race” (and more specifically, anti-blackness and white supremacy) is not merely some sport or hobby for most people of color. It’s a painful topic that speaks to relations of power that all too often result in unarmed black men, women and children being killed by “officers of the peace”, the everyday reality of racial bias and discrimination and the fact that blacks only have access to a tiny fraction of the wealth possessed by our white neighbors, friends and co-workers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    #BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List
    Riese 11-26-14

    12 Books White People Should Read in Preparation for Becoming a Minority in Britain
    by Adam Elliott-Cooper & Ashok Kumar

    Facing History and Ourselves: Civil Rights Resource Collection

    Despite the tremendous risk, African American women marched for suffrage, too
    Michelle Bernard Washington Post 3-3-13

    10 Black Feminists/Womanists Everyone Should Know
    3-15-13 For Harriet

    For More Than 100 Years, Historians Doubted the Autobiographies of Slaves
    Henry Louis Gates joins the Academy to discuss slave narratives—what they’ve taught us and why scholars used to ignore them.
    By Jamelle Bouie, Rebecca Onion, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Disparate impact
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    Disparate Impact

    19 Books On Intersectionality That Taylor Swift Should Read
    After her kerfuffle with Nicki Minaj, “I’m sorry” is cool, but wouldn’t “I have learned” be even cooler?
    Tracy Clayton BuzzFeed Staff

    US Slave This site is for educational purposes. Slavery in the new world from Africa to the Americas.

    An Exchange on “Nat Turner”
    Anna Mary Wells, Vincent Harding, and Mike Thelwell, reply by Eugene D. Genovese 11-7-68

    The Lie at the Center of Everything,”
    Christina Sharpe 2014

    Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?
    NICHOLAS K. PEART 12-17-11

    Class Action Lawsuit Challenges NYPD Patrols of Private Apartment Buildings
    Operation Clean Halls subjects people to aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics and unjustified trespassing arrests 3-28-12

    These are just a few helpful sites I’ve come across. There seems to be a wealth of literature available that many white people are not aware of.

  6. WOW! None of the links were printed! Sorry! I imagine if you do a Boolean search you can locate these articles and sites.

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