Resources on Race and Racism

At ValpoNEXT, we feel it is important to work toward racial equality and to be aware of the racism and negative implicit biases that still linger in this country and in the world.

Implicit bias is defined by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University as follows: "Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control" (

It is easy to succumb to accepting racial stereotypes and racial biases, whether we have ill intent behind it or not; and we see these negative stereotypes and biases come out most often in community happenings and government policies around the world. It is important to be willing to actively do better as individuals and as communities, and to work toward learning how to shape and change those biases that we often unconsciously and unknowingly have.

We can fight these ways by educating ourselves on the history of others' cultures and the true history of our nation; the good, bad, and the ugly. Below, you will find many resources on learning the history, current dealings, and basic understanding of culture! We want to celebrate every culture and every person of color, and we hope this page does so.

If you have any resources to include, please comment in the feedback section below so we can review the sources and post them if deemed appropriate.

Emmanuel Turner

Artist: Emmanuel Turner

Local Organizations

Allies Against Racism Valparaiso: An organization comprised of Valparaiso community members that focus on creating a strong ally group for people of color. They meet to continue the conversation of equality for race and what we can do to be strong allies for our fellow citizens. All races are welcome and encouraged to join in the discussion. Check out their website:

Welcome Project: "collects first-person audio and video stories and pairs its stories with facilitated conversation to foster curiosity about difference and to forge stronger communities as those communities become increasingly diverse. All of the stories gathered by the Welcome Project are first-person accounts in which participants describe how events mattered to them." Check out their website:

Northwest Indiana African-American Alliance: "seek to engage public and private entities, through advocacy and education. Our goal is to find solutions to the prevailing issues that impede the progress and empowerment of African American communities in Northwest Indiana." Find out more on their website:


Aline Amaru

Artist: Aline Amaru

Radio Shows and Podcasts:

Morning B.L.A.C.K. on WVLP 103.1- A Valpo-based radio show that discusses topics on race and community every week. New episodes Fridays at 10-11AM and Saturdays at 8-9AM:

Serial Podcast, Season 3- "A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.":

1619 Podcast, by The New York Times- "An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.": and

CODE SWITCH Podcast by NPR- "It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.":

About Race Podcast- "a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.":

Come Through Podcast- "15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America":

The United States of Anxiety Podcast: "A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future.":

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Artist: Anna sidi yacoub


How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan Metzl

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

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

"43 of the Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime"

"25 Amazing Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors You Need to Read"

"15 Must Read Books by Middle Eastern Authors"

"23 Books By Latinos That Might Just Change Your Life"

Read About Black History in America and the World

Read About Asian History in America and the World

Read About Latino History in America and the World

Read About Arab/Middle Eastern History in America and the World

Corey Barksdale

Artist: Corey Barksdale

John Pule

Artist: John Pule

TV and Movies

Selma- Available to rent

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution- Available to rent

The Hate U Give- Hulu with Cinemax

Just Mercy- Available to rent for free in June 2020 in the U.S.

Dear White People- Netflix

13th- Netflix

American Son- Netflix

If Beale Street Could Talk- Hulu

Get Out- Available to rent

Ethnic Notions

The Problem With Apu- Hulu

"10 'Must Watch' Black History Documentaries"

"Nine Excellent Documentaries About Asia That You Can Watch on Netflix"

"Netflixeando: 8 Latin American Documentaries You Should Stream on Netflix"

"5 Arab Documentaries That Will Change Your Life"

"12 must-see documentaries on the Middle East"

"12 Documentaries That Explore Different Cultures"

Mickalene Thomas

Artist: Mickalene Thomas

Organizations to Check Out and Follow

Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Artist: M F Husain

Hassan Mossoudy

Artist: Hassan Massoudy

Scholarly Articles

(Although we deem these worthy sources, we would also like to encourage you to take each research article with a grain of salt. Research studies only test small populations of people, and are not perfect representations of the entire country or the world as a whole. Absolutely no psychological research study is going to be perfect, but it is important to search for well done studies that have merit to them and are not falling victim to the many faults and biases that research often sees. With that being said, we do believe these articles have merit to them, and need to be understood and reviewed with much intent to learn from them. We encourage you to read them and interpret the results with thought and with as little bias as you can muster.)

Policy Insights From Advances in Implicit Bias Research Payne, Vuletich (2017)

Seeing Black: Race, Crime, and Visual Processing Eberhardt, Goff, Purdie, and Davies (2004)

The Essence of Innocence: Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children Goff, Jackson, Allison, Di Leone, Culotta, DiTomasso (2014)

Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites Hoffman, Trawalter, Axt, and Oliver (2015)

Differential Social Perception and Attribution of Intergroup Violence: Testing the Lower Limits of Stereotyping of Blacks Duncan (1976)

The Consequences of Race for Police Officers’ Responses to Criminal Suspects Plant and Peruche (2005)

Stereotype Threat and Racial Differences in Citizens’ Experiences of Police Encounters Najdowski, Bottoms, and Goff (2015)

How Suspect Race Affects Police Use of Force in an Interaction Over Time Kahn, Steele, McMahon, & Stewart (2016)

Faith Ringgold

Artist: Faith Ringgold

More Resources

We gathered some of the resources above from this well built Google Doc. We encourage you to check it out and read what else the creators of the document have listed: (we do not own this document or are affiliated with it in any way other than using it as a resource for ourselves)



From ValpoNEXT to you, thank you for taking the time to read through this page and take the important steps to building stronger communities, stronger individuals, and stronger allies for the many different races and cultures we love so much.