Resources For Confronting Racism

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Georgetown University’s School of Medicine is committed to promoting inclusiveness and has continued to make efforts to present resources for students, faculty, and staff especially in wake of the murder of George Floyd. Below is a list of resources that can be utilized to provide support and allow members of the Georgetown community to learn and foster deeper connections.

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Faculty and staff can participate in GU Wellness workshops. In addition, faculty and staff can access coaches and virtual therapy from ONE Medical that can help address their mental health needs.

Faculty can also utilize a list of books and articles from the University of Minnesota that focus on how to combat racism. Along with this, faculty can become better equipped towards fighting racism through a list of videos and podcasts from the University of Minnesota as well.

Students can access mental health resources on campus or virtually through Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), which allows students 24/7 access to mental health resources through Hoyawell. In fact, students can use their smartphones or any web device to chat with mental health professionals through video or voice message with Hoyawell.

Not only can students readily access CAPS resources, but students can also look to campus ministry to provide spiritual guidance. For example, students can get involved with campus ministry by joining the Black Faith Fellowship Program or by joining Catholic Faith Communities (CFC).

What’s Implicit Bias?

Implicit bias is when judgments are shaped by the unconscious attribution of particular qualities to specific groups.

Want to take an implicit bias test? Identify your own bias and help others. Visit Project Implicit.


TV and Films

The Namesake
After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. 
The Pieces I Am
Author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America, and the human condition.
The Hate U Give
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, a mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.
Just Mercy
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.
Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for suffrage.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Hassan Kadam is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory, the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments until Mallory recognizes Kadam’s impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.
Hidden Figures
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia.
Million Dollar Arm
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent J.B. Bernstein plans to find baseball’s next star pitcher. He heads to India to find a cricket player whom he can nurture into a major league star. With the help of a scout, J.B. finds teens Dinesh and Rinku, who haven’t a clue about baseball but throw powerful pitches. As the boys adjust to American life, J.B. learns valuable lessons about teamwork and family.
42: The Jackie Robinson Story
In 1946, Branch Rickey, legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press, and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.
Fruitvale Station
Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend and young daughter. Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.
Do The Right Thing
Salvatore “Sal” Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
I Am Not Your Negro
In his final years, Baldwin envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project had never been published before acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined Baldwin’s oeuvre to compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.


Thick And Other Essays
By Tressie McMillan Cottom
The Selected Works Of Audre Lorde
By Roxane Gay
American Islamophobia: Understanding The Roots And Rise Of Fear
By Khaled A. Beydoun
This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, Being Dope
By Shayla Lawson
The Underground Railroad
By Colson Whitehead
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connection and the Myth of Cultural Purity
By Vijay Prashad
The Lowland
By Jhumpa Lahiri
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundations of A Movement
By Angela Davis

Begin Again
By Eddie Glaude Jr.
How to Be an Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi
Between The World And Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States For Young People
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
We Beat The Street
By Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. George Jenkins, and Sharon M. Draper
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History Of The American West
By Dee Brown

Women, Race, and Class
By Angela Davis

There There
By Tommy Orange
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
By Cathy Park Hong
Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas
By Roberto Lovato
Born a Crime
By Trevor Noah
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
By Gloria Anzaldúa