Jun 03 2020

What Matters Right Now

We are all dealing with heartbreak and frustration over the systemic racism in our country that has historically caused so much harm, and continues to result in violence and abuse of power against people of color. 

The children and families we serve at CASA are often disproportionately affected by the systems that make police brutality possible. It is critical to our mission to not only speak out against injustices in our society, but to take action, and educate our community on how we can all be actively anti-racist in our daily lives. 

This month, instead of our regular blog of CASA recommendations, we’ve compiled a list of books, shows, documentaries, resource documents and more that serve to amplify the Black community’s voice, and we feel can help others to learn, grow, and enact change for racial justice. Here’s what matters right now.

These shows directly address racial injustices, discrimination, and racial identity:

Little Fires Everywhere based on the book by Celeste Ng—now streaming on Hulu

When They See Us written and directed by Ava DuVernay—now streaming on Netflix

Dear White People written by Justin Simien and Njeri Brown—now streaming on Netflix

Seven Seconds created by Veena Sud—now streaming on Netflix

These documentaries highlight the same issues, as well as the inequities of our justice system:

The Innocence Files based on the work of The Innocence Project—now streaming on Netflix

13th directed by Ava DuVernay—now streaming on Netflix

Who Killed Malcolm X directed by Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen—now streaming on Netflix

Emanuel produced by Stephen Curry, Viola Davis, and Mariska Hargitay—now streaming on Amazon Prime 

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega—now streaming on Netflix

Strong Island directed by Yance Ford—now streaming on Netflix

Podcasts that explore race in America, past and present:

Ear Hustle

1619 from The New York Times

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw

NPR's Code Switch

Beyond Prisons

Ear Hustle

Angela Glover Blackwell’s Radical Imagination

These books for adults and children highlight systemic racism in America and how these ideas are perpetuated, tell the important stories of people of color, and can be educational sources for how to begin a journey towards anti-racism:

Children’s Books


The Youngest Marcher

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences by By Carolyn B. Helsel & Y. Joy Harris-Smith

​Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Floyd Cooper


Hair Love

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

Books for Adults



How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein 


The Hate U Give

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

These short but meaningful articles are a great read:

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

I need white mamas to come running

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color

How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism

Dear White People

These resource documents outline the steps needed to practice anti-racism in your daily life: 

Summary of Stages of Racial Identity Development

Anti-Racism Resources

Race: The Power of an Illusion 

Practice mindfulness with an organization that’s bringing yoga to underserved and Black communities in Texas:

Yoga N Da Hood

Virtual Yoga N Da Hood with Ebony Smith

To follow Ebony: @yogandahood

Instagram accounts that create educational content and amplify Black voices:

Austin Justice Coalition









2020 Culture & Diversity CASA Recommends Advocacy June

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