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Race, Racism and Anti-Racism

The subjects of Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism are complex and intersectional. This guide is designed to provide basic information and links for those who want to explore the topics to gain a deeper understanding of these subjects.

Books & eBooks Available Through the QVCC Library

Mass Incarceration Visualized

In this 2015 video by the Atlantic, Sociologist Bruce Western explains the current probability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become normalized.

Duration: 3 minutes


"The Black Family In The Age of Mass Incarceration"
Ta-Nehisi Coates's 2015 cover story for the Atlantic explores the impact of mass incarceration.

The Human Story Behind Mass Incarceration

Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Eve Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.

Duration: 14 minutes

13th Full Length Film


Director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs, and the NAACP Image Awards.

TV-MA For mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Federal Government Statistics

We Need to Talk About an Injustice

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

Duration: 20 minutes

Attorney Bryan Stevenson Found His Calling When He Visited Death Row

Duration: 3 minutes

Non Profit Organizations in the United States

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

- The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution