Here is a list of resources for UN-learning and RE-learning history!

Unlearning and relearning history is vital to understanding how we got to where we are today. We must understand our history, our true history, before we can dismantle white supremacy and make America anti-racist.


1. Roots: The Saga of an American Family -Alex Haley

“The first time he [Kunta] had taken the massa [his master] to one of these high-falutin’ to dos [fancy parties] Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion- but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn’t believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn’t live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it’s possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat and mother’s milk made possible the life of privilege they led.”

2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -Michelle Alexander

“What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination- employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service- are suddenly legal. As a criminal you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

3. The Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong James W. Loewen

“Textbooks in American history stand in sharp contrast to other teaching materials. Why are history textbooks so bad? Nationalism is one of the culprits. Textbooks are often muddled by the conflicting desires to promote inquiry and to indoctrinate blind patriotism.”
“So long as our textbooks hide from us the roles that people of color have played in exploration, from at least 6000 BC to the twentieth century, they encourage us to look to Europe and its extensions as the seat of all knowledge and intelligence. So long as they say “discover,” they imply that whites are the only people who really matter. So long as they simply celebrate Columbus, rather than teach both sides of his exploit, they encourage us to identify with white Western exploitation rather than study it.”

4. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America -Richard Rothstein

“Today’s residential segregation in the North, South, Midwest, and West is not the unintended consequence of individual choices and of otherwise well-meaning law or regulation but of unhidden public policy that explicitly segregated every metropolitan area in the United States.”
“The core argument of this book is that African Americans were unconstitutionally denied the means and the right to integration in middle-class neighborhoods, and because this denial was state-sponsored, the nation is obligated to remedy it.”
“Racial segregation in housing was not merely a project of southerners in the former slaveholding Confederacy. It was a nationwide project of the federal government in the twentieth century, designed and implemented by its most liberal leaders. Our system of official segregation was not the result of a single law that consigned African Americans to designated neighborhoods. rather, scores of racially explicit laws, regulations, and government practices combined to create a nationwide system of urban ghettos, surrounded by white suburbs. Private discrimination also played a role, but it would have been considerably less effective had it not been embraced and reinforced by government.”

5. An African American and Latinx History of the United States -Paul Ortiz

“The United States drove itself to civil war because the society valued profits over Black humanity.”
“Emancipatory internationalism had been born in the first stormy years of the republic when African Americans and their allies recognized that slavery, racial capitalism, and imperialism were fatally intertwined. Now, even as they were embroiled in struggles for land, the right to vote, and protection from Ku Klux Klan terrorism, African Americans insisted that their emancipation was incomplete as long as oppression existed elsewhere.”

6. A People’s History of the United States -Howard Zinn

“History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

7. The Warmth of Other Suns -Isabel Wilkerson

“The Great Migration in particular was not a seasonal, contained, or singular event. It was a statistically measurable demographic phenomenon marked by unabated outflows of black émigrés that lasted roughly from 1915 to 1975. It peaked during the war years, swept a good portion of all the black people alive in the United States at the time into a river that carried them to all points north and west.”
“Over the course of six decades, some six million black southerners left the land of their forefathers and fanned out across the country for an uncertain existence in nearly every other corner of America. The Great Migration would become a turning point in history. It would transform urban America and recast the social and political order of every city it touched. It would force the South to search its soul and finally to lay aside a feudal caste system. It grew out of the unmet promises made after the Civil War and, through the sheer weight of it, helped push the country toward the civil rights revolutions of the 1960s.”
“Many of the people who left the South never exactly sat their children down to tell them these things, tell them what happened and why they left and how they and all this blood kin came to be in this northern city or western suburb or why they speak like melted butter and their children speak like footsteps on pavement, prim and proper or clipped and fast, like the New World itself.”

8. The South Side -Natalie Y. Moore

“Black segregation is not comparable to segregation experienced by other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. levels of blacks residential segregation is not happenstance.. This extreme racial isolation did not just happen; it was manufactured by whites through a series of self conscious actions and purposeful institutional arrangements that continue today. Not only is the depth of black segregation unprecedented and utterly unique compared with that of other groups but it shows little sign of change with the passage of time or improvements in  socioeconomic status…”
“Due to the city’s hypersegregation, white parents equate the South Side with danger and dysfunction. In 2013, a baseball game between two selective enrollment high schools was cancelled when some North Side parents refused to let their children travel to the South Side for the game. They were worried about safety. It’s infuriating to witness the prejudices of people who swear they aren’t prejudiced.”
“In urban centers like Chicago, a broken food access system is about more than too many potato chips: it’s a public health issue. In 2006, Chicago-based researcher Mari Gallagher published a report- which popularized the term “food desert”- titled “Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago” that found that they exist almost exclusively in black areas. Simply put, in these areas, the nearest grocery store is roughly twice the distance as the nearest fast food restaurant, which overlaps with higher rates of obesity in those neighborhoods.”

9. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Eduardo Hughes Galeano

“Latin America is the region of open veins. Everything from the discovery until our times, has always been transmuted into European–or later–United States– capital, and as such has accumulated on distant centers of power. Everything: the soil, its fruits and its mineral-rich depths, the people and their capacity to work and to consume, natural resources and human resources.”
“Whatever Latin America sells — raw materials or manufactures — its chief export product is really cheap labor.”

10. Discourse on Colonialism

“I see clearly what colonization has destroyed: the wonderful Indian civilizations–and neither Deterding nor Royal Dutch nor Standard Oil will ever console me for the Aztecs and the Incas. I see clearly the civilizations, condemned to perish at a future date, into which it has introduced a principle of ruin: the South Sea Islands, Nigeria, Nyasaland. I see less clearly the contributions it has made. Security? Culture? The rule of law? In the meantime, I look around and wherever there are colonizers and colonized face to face, I see force, brutality, cruelty, sadism, conflict, and, in a parody of education, the hasty manufacture of a few thousand subordinate functionaries, “boys,” artisans, office clerks, and interpreters necessary for the smooth operation of business. I spoke of contact. Between colonizer and colonized there is room only for forced labor, intimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, contempt, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses.”
“The hour of the barbarian is at hand. The modern barbarian. The American hour. Violence, excess, waste, mercantilism, bluff, conformism, stupidity, vulgarity, disorder. 
I know that some of you, disgusted with Europe, with all that hideous mess which you did not witness by choice, are turning–oh! in no great numbers-toward America and getting used to looking upon that country as a possible liberator. ” What a godsend!” you think. “The bulldozers! The massive investments of capital! The roads! The ports!” “But American racism!” “So what? European racism in the colonies has inured us to it!” And there we are, ready to run the great Yankee risk. So, once again, be careful! American domination-the only domination from which one never recovers. I mean from which one never recovers unscarred. And since you are talking about factories and industries, do you not see the tremendous factory hysterically spitting out its cinders in the heart of our forests or deep in the bush, the factory for the production oflackeys; do you not see the prodigious mechanization, the mechanization of man; the gigantic rape of everything intimate, undamaged, undefiled that, despoiled as we are, our human spirit has still managed to the machine, yes, have you never seen it, the machine for crushing, for grinding, for degrading peoples? So that the danger is immense.”

11. An Indigenous People’s History of the United States -Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft.
US history, as well as inherited Indigenous trauma, cannot be understood without dealing with the genocide that the United States committed against Indigenous peoples. From the colonial period through the founding of the United States and continuing in the twenty-first century, this has entailed torture, terror, sexual abuse, massacres, systematic military occupations, removals of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral territories, and removals of Indigenous children to military-like boarding schools. The absence of even the slightest note of regret or tragedy in the annual celebration of the US independence betrays a deep disconnect in the consciousness of US Americans.

Documentaries & Shows

1. When They See Us

2. 13th

3. The Vietnam War

4. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

(Important words from Angela Davis are muted in the link above, click here to see this very important clip.)

5. Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History of Scientific Racism

6. Jim Crow of the North

7. Roots (1977)

8. Paris is Burning

9. LA 92: The Past is Prologue


1. Decolonize Your Curriculum @lit_c.i.r.c.l.e

2. Zinn Education Project @zinneducationproject

3. The Ghetto Activist @theghettoactivist

4. Black History @blackhistory

5. Subversive Thread @subversive.thread

6. redfish @redfishstream

7. The Root @the.root

8. The Mirror @the.mirror

9. Black History Buff @black_history_buff_777

10. The Great Unlearn by Rachel Cargle @thegreatunlearn

Additional Resources

  1. The 1619 Project (Read The New York Times Article or listen to the audio online or on Spotify– Please not the audio is seven episodes including the intro and 2 parts of episode 5.)