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Understanding Race

Understanding Race is a discussion group open to any CDT members who want to explore how race and racism operate in our society. For more information about the group, please contact Alan Epstein. To be added to the Understanding Race listserve, please email Lidia at


Understanding Racism Resources


     • The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

     • Letter to My Nephew (in The Fire Next Time) – James Baldwin

     • White Fragility, by Dr. Robin Diangelo 

     • Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege, by Peggy MacIntosh



     • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

     • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

     • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

     • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, by Dr. Robin Diangelo

     • The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward, Ed. (selected chapters)

     • So you want to talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

     • The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabell Wilkerson


     • Kimberly Jones speaking about protests following murder of George Floyd, May 2020

      • “Fighting Racism as a Multi-Racial Jewish Community”, ADL

     • Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS, episode 3)

     • Eyes on the Prize

Reading Lists

     • A U.S./Canadian Race & Racism Reading List, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein


     • Movement for Black Lives

     • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)

     • Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

     • Jewish Multiracial Network

     • Be’chol Lashon

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