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Anti-Racism Resources

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) is committed to positive, transformational change – and to the sustained work we will do as an organization and as individuals to actualize this urgent, much needed anti-racism work.

PPSO works every day to bring quality and non-judgmental care to communities that need it most. Institutional racism is deeply rooted in the health care structure. From higher rates of maternal deaths among black women to undiagnosed cervical cancer among Latina women to COVID-19 having a higher impact on black and brown communities; our responsibility as an intersectional organization is to confront these biases head-on. We are on the right path, but we need to do more and stretch further to create real systematic change now.

Please join us on this journey of confronting racism and being part of the solution.  

The process for change involves educating ourselves and speaking out about the injustices we see. Below are just a few of the articles, books, and videos that can help guide us on the path of discovery and learning:

Articles

Books

  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Patricia Hill Collins). A book that explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe.
  • How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi). Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
  • Me and White Supremacy (Layla F. Saad). A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. 
  • Thick: and other Essays (Tressie McMillan Cotton). A sociologist shares her experiences as a black woman with the beauty industry, media, and the reproductive healthcare system. 

Ted Talks & Videos

  • 13th (Netflix). A documentary that discusses intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.
  • When They See Us (Netflix). A miniseries about the infamous Central Park case, where five young African-American teenagers were wrongfully convicted and sent to jail for a crime they did not commit.
  • Reproductive healthcare industry: This is a YouTube video explaining the racist roots of reproductive rights. Please be aware that this video may be uncomfortable to watch as it addresses very negative uses of birth control throughout history.
  • Intersections of oppression: This is a TED Talk by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw that introduces the concept of intersectionality.
  • Juneteenth: Freedom At Last: This YouTube video explores how slavery persisted in the South even after the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment. The day that General Order No. 3 was delivered to the people of Galveston, Texas, is the day slavery finally ended everywhere. As Minnesota musician and actor T. Mychael Rambo explains, that day is a milestone moment still commemorated and celebrated.

Websites

Other Resources

For a more extensive list, please view the anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES.