This guide focuses on issues of racial justice including racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the relationship between police and people of color, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow" - 2013 George E. Kent Lecture
Obama Addresses Police Killing of George Floyd
Protesting Info and Anti-Racism Organizations
Organizations to Support Anti-racism Efforts
Know Your Rights Guides
The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. However, police and other government officials are allowed to place certain narrow restrictions on the exercise of speech rights. Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets.
ACLU Know Your Rights
A variety of KYR Guides from the American Civil Liberties Union, covering police stops, LBGTQ right, student rights, voting rights, etc.
Amnesty International USA, Toolkits and Guides
Practical tools to help activists start groups and campaign for human rights.
NJ Racial Profiling Policy Overview
Overview of New Jersey's "non-dsicrimination" rule.
Union College Library
The Union College library has many books relevant to understanding racial justice, policing and protest.
Below are some search terms.
- Criminal Justice
- Racial Profiling
- Racial Justice
- Black Lives Matter
Streaming Videos on Racial Justice
Other Library Resources on Racial Justice
Books on Racial Justice
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Publication Date: 2012
"In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it."
Systemic Racism and the African American Experience by Stephen Currie
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2020
Institutional racism played a key role in America's beginnings, and it is still present today, although it has taken different form. In housing, health care, education, employment, policing, and more, systemic racism perpetuates inequality and puts African Americans at a disadvantage. This book shows what systemic racism looks like today and discusses efforts aimed at altering this dynamic.
Suugested Library Databases for Racial Justice Topics
Academic Search Premier
Includes academic journal articles, videos, as well as magazine and newspaper articles.
African American History Database
Primary and other sources from Facts on File reference sources; including speeches, biographies, timelines, videos, and maps.
Criminal Justice Database
"...information on criminal justice topics with coverage from 1981 to the present."
Ethnic News Watch
"...newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from ethnic, minority, and native news sources."
Points of View Reference Center
Essays on current issues and academic journal articles, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, magazines, and newspapers.
Open Access Resources
Government Statistics & Data
Non-Governmental Statistics and Data