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AEAS 7 FY21 Q1 How to be an Anti-Racist: Getting started

Getting Started

Welcome to the first quarter of the newly launched AEAS 7 Leadership Learning Program. This bibliography was built by your library and is for all USAICoE Soldier and Civilian leaders who want to learn more on topics that directly support Project Inclusion, EO, SHARP, Mentor Programs, and Suicide Prevention. 

This series will span the full fiscal year with a quarter devoted to each topic (How to be an Anti-Racist, How to be an Upstander, How to be a Mentee, How to be an Ally). These bibliographies, or lists of resources, are not intended to be a check list that you're required to complete, but are meant to be used as a resource for current and lifelong learning.

Look through the list and pick 2-3 books you'd like to read this quarter; maybe ask a friend to join you and discuss. Or an office group may decide to create a Teams channel and have ongoing discussion about a podcast series or have each person read a different article and then share out summaries in the channel with the group. We created these lists to provide a variety of resources (books, articles, videos, podcasts) for learners of all styles and hope to encourage self-directed education and community dialogue.

A note on budget and materials: we aren't able to buy multiple copies of books until we determine usage, so we do ask for your patience with us as we work to get items to you as quickly as possible. Print and ebooks can have holds placed and you will get the item in the order requested. We are working to streamline the purchasing process and increase our budget so hopefully as the year goes on you will see continued improvements in access. We appreciate your support. 

Take a look at the boxes below (Infographic, Glossary, Book) to get started and then click on the tabs above to see items listed by topic: 

  • Learning about racism in America
  • Learning how to talk about racism
  • Recognizing implicit bias and microaggressions
  • Learning from others


Dr Ibrahim, an advocate on redesigning healthcare, created this infographic inspired by the work of Dr. Kendi, as a reflection of the journey toward becoming Anti-Racist.


Racial Equity Tools (2019) Glossary. Available in PDF and at the website

Words mean different things to different people. Use this glossary to understand how common words have new meanings through a lens of anti-racism. A few definitions from the site: 

Ally - Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.

Implicit bias - Also known as unconscious or hidden bias, implicit biases are negative associations that people unknowingly hold. They are expressed automatically, without conscious awareness

Institutional racism - refers specifically to the ways in which institutional policies and practices create different outcomes for different racial groups. The institutional policies may never mention any racial group, but their effect is to create advantages for whites and oppression and disadvantage for people from groups classified as people of color.


Kendi, Ibram X. (2019) How to be an Anti-Racist. Available in print

The author takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Kendi weaves a combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism.

"What an anti-racist does first and foremost is identify racial inequities" Ibram X. Kendi.