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Anti-Racism Guide: Resources for Education and Action

The Guide

This Guide, organized in consultation with the UC San Diego Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee with contributions from others across the library, is not a definitive guide. The guide will evolve over time and we welcome your thoughts, suggestions and corrections. 

The guide was created to flow from educating users to the topics of racism and anti-racism, taking a deeper dive into details and exploration of the scholarship, delivering educational resources to use in the classroom or for self-education, and then to build sustained and actionable practices for individuals and institutions.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License by the UC San Diego Library.

What Do We Mean By ...

"To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives. .. Being antiracist is fighting against racism. Racism takes several forms and works most often in tandem with at least one other form to reinforce racist ideas, behavior, and policy." - Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History and Culture.


"No one is born racist or antiracist; these result from the choices we make. Being antiracist results from a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society. Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do." - Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History and Culture

"In social justice work the term Ally is often defined as a noun; a person who uses their privilege to advocate on behalf of someone else who doesn’t hold that same privilege. Allyship is one of the first action-oriented tools one learns in social justice and bias trainings. Awareness of injustices; racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and ableism (to name a few) is of course, the first step toward advocacy, but awareness alone is not enough to dismantle systems of oppression. To be an Ally requires that a person not simply notice an injustice, but also take action by bringing attention to the injustice and requesting that it be corrected." 

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Lona Davenport

Getting the Facts Straight

It's not just fake news. Information is more nuanced than that.  Here's what you need to know:

  • Mis-information is when false information is shared, but no harm is meant.
  • Dis-information is when false information is knowingly shared to cause harm.
  • Mal-information is when genuine information is shared to cause harm, often by moving information designed to stay private into the public sphere.

7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation

Mis- and disinformation graphic from Information Disorder.

Read the podcast transcript and the full report below: