History of Racism in the U.S.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”


James Baldwin


I Visited A Former Plantation

To Understand Why People Get Married There. All I Saw Was Pain.

BuzzFeed, June 2021

Tulsa isn’t the only race

massacre you were never taught

in school. Here are others.

The Washington Post, June 2021

Forgetting Why We Remember

The New York Times, May 2021

Beyond Tulsa: The Historic

Legacies and Overlooked Stories of America’s ‘Black Wall Streets’

Time Magazine, May 2021

Georgia park wants to ‘tell the truth’ about world’s largest Confederate monument. Others want it gone.

The Washington Post, May 2021

The Victims of the Philadelphia

MOVE​ Bombing Continue

to be Erased

The New Yorker, May 2021

FBI pressured to answer for

domestic-spying program tied

to Black Panther Fred Hampton’s killing in 1969

The Washington Post, May 2021

The Stealth Sticker Campaign to Expose New York’s History of Slavery

The New York Times, May 2021

Maryland governor grants posthumous pardons for

34 Black lynching victims

Washington Post, May 2021

How Gerrymandering

Began in the US


History, April 2021

The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads


Crosscut, April 2021

A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways


NPR, April 2021

Race, Policing, and History — Remembering the Freedom House Ambulance Service


New England Journal of Medicine, April 2021

The Crimson Klan


The Harvard Crimson, March 2021

The Eternal Fantasy of

a Racially Virtuous America


The New Republic, March 2021

We were warned about a

divided America 50 years ago.

We ignored the signs.


The Washington Post, March 2021

The History of Slavery in

the U.S. Catholic Church


The Washington Post, March 2021

The Senate filibuster has a racist

past and present. End it so

America can move forward.


USA Today,  March 2021

Forging Black Identity in

1986 -We Were the Last of

the Nice Negro Girls


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

The Magazine That Helped

1920s Kids Navigate Racism


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

The Real Rosa Parks Story Is

Better Than the Fairy Tale


The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

Stories of Slavery, From

Those Who Survived It


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

Tipping Is a Legacy of Slavery


The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

I Desegregated the University

of Georgia. History Is Still in

the Making.


The New York Times,  Jan. 2021

The Flawed Genius of

the Constitution


The Atlantic, Sept. 2020

The Whole Story in a Single Photo


The Atlantic Jan. 2021

The Haunting of Tulsa, Okla.


The New York Times, Dec. 2020

Goodbye to a Symbol That Told Black Americans to ‘Know Your Place’


New York Time, July 2020

An ongoing initiative that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.


NYT Magazine, Aug. 2019

The Racial Bias Built

Into Photography

The New York Times, April 2019

For Black travelers, Seattle’s

‘Green Book’ offered more than

just places to dine and sleep

The Seattle Times, Feb. 2019

The History of Racism in America:

158 Resources


Smithsonian Museum



2 hours, 18 min.


2 hours, 5 min.

How America Invented Race

9 min.

King in the Wilderness

1 hour, 51 min.


2 hours, 3 min.


2 hours, 14 min.

Race — The Power

of an Illusion


Three 1 hour episodes

Stone Ghosts In The South: Confederate Monuments And America's Battle With Itself


27 min.

Traveling While Black

A series of short interviews 

from the Washington Post

Twelve Years a Slave

2 hours 14 min.

Crash Course Black

American History

Series of short videos

hosted by Clint Smith

Tulsa: The Fire and

the Forgotten

1 hour 25 min.


Anti-Racism Daily

Each week, we’ll unpack the most critical current events preventing all of us from being well – and outline tangible ways you can take action in your relationships, neighborhood, workplace, and community.

Black History Year

Black History Year connects you to

the history, thinkers, and activists

that are left out of the mainstream conversations.

Divided by Design

Features discussions with advocates, historians, & experts about how race intersects with health, wealth, criminal justice, housing, & voting rights


The failure of Reconstruction helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our

politics today. (8 episodes)

Seeing White

Fourteen-part documentary

series, released between

February & August 2017

Who We Are: A Chronicle

of Racism in America

An examination of the white supremacist foundation on which

the nation’s legal, political and social systems were built.

Additional Resources

African American


History Society

Anti-Racism Daily

Email a day pairing current events with historical context & personal reflections

The Atlantic

163 years of The Atlantic’s writing on race and

racism in America

The Black

Heritage Society of

Washington State

Black Past

6,000 page reference center

Equal Justice


Facing History

and Ourselves

National Museum

of African American History and Culture

Push Black

Race — The Power

of an Illusion

Online companion to documentary series

Schomburg Center

for Research in

Black Culture

Seattle Civil Rights &

Labor History Project

Slavery and




158 resources about

racism in America.


Education Project