Welcome To RACE + JUSTICE ESSENTIALS!

(formerly White Allies in Training)

Do you want to learn more about fighting racism in America, but don’t know where to start?

Do you want to ask questions or speak up about race, but feel anxious about saying the wrong thing?

That’s how I felt, when my eyes first began opening to the realities of racism in our country, about 20 years ago.

Before that point, I lived my life as a “nice” white person. I was unaware of the ongoing oppression and suffering of people of color around me, and of my role in the perpetuation of that oppression and suffering. I thought we were “over” racism in America. How wrong I was.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve invested a lot of time listening to and learning from people of color…not only in the context of personal relationships, but also from various media sources. My goal with this website is to help provide a roadmap of sorts for my fellow white people, to point you to some of the resources that have helped me in my own journey of learning about racism in America.

People of color have been speaking, writing, and teaching about racism and white supremacy in America since before we were called America. There are SO MANY amazing resources out there! I’ve tried to curate and organize these resources into a series of main topics I call Big Ideas. The Big Ideas collectively form a sort of primer of important anti-racism principles.

This website is a work in progress! I want to add many more topics and resources. Make sure to sign up in the FOLLOW box at the bottom of this page, to receive email updates whenever we add new content. In the meantime, there should be enough here to get you started.

I’m so glad you’re here!

Stephanie Nannen
Founder, RACE + JUSTICE ESSENTIALS