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Black Lives Matter

Resources for Building a More Racially Just Society

This page offers resources, readings and information related to the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism. These community resources were selected by Palo Alto University faculty to facilitate education, advocacy and change. Please feel free to share these resources with others. If you have resources you would like to contribute, please email them to

Practical Suggestions

Campaign Zero: An Agenda to Eliminate Police Violence.  Ten practical initiatives that can be implemented at the local and state level.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Check out your own hidden biases at Project Implicit

Take the training to help manage your biases

The Black Experience in America

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

When They See Us

The Central Park Five


I Am Not Your Negro

All Plates Matter

Personal Stories

Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice by Megan Ming Francis

Before You Call the Cops: by Tyler Merritt 

On Being Black, and Women in Science by Neil Degrasse Tyson

50 years of Racism -- Why Silence Isn’t the Answer

Why Good People Do Bad Things

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Phillip ZImbardo

Bad Policing, Bad Law, not 'Bad Apples,' Behind Disproportionate Killing of Black Men by Police (2018)

Can police data predict how ‘bad apple’ officers influence their fellow cops? New study says yes.

Police Stories

There's a Growing Call to Defund the Police. Here's What it Means

We Police Have Become Great Protectors, but Forgot How to Serve by Melvin Russell

Policing in America Needs to Change. Trust Me, I’m a Cop by Renee Mitchell 

Policing the Bridge by Tim Mcmillan

American Police

News Reports

There's a Growing Call to Defund the Police. Here's What it Means

American police shoot, kill and imprison more people than other developed countries. Here's the data

Police Killings of Blacks: Here Is What the Data Say (2015)

Controversial Police Encounters- Fast Facts


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

But I’m Not Racist By Kathy Obear

Research Reports

Campaign Zero Reports on Police Violence

A randomized control trial evaluating the effects of police body-worn cameras

An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Uses of Force (2018)

The Reverse Racism Effect: Are Cops More Hesitant to Shoot Black Than White Suspects? (2016)

Reconciling Results on Racial Differences in Police Shootings (2018)

Perils of Police action: a Cautionary Tale from US Data Sets

Understanding Police Use of Force: A Review of the Evidence (2010)

Militarization and Police Violence: The Case of the 1033 Program


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”~Dr. Martin Luther

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important—it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation. Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on Black lives, we understand that when Black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide-reaching and transformative for society as a whole. When we are able to end the hyper-criminalization and sexualization of Black people and end the poverty, control and surveillance of Black people, every single person in this world has a better shot at getting and staying free. When Black people get free, everybody gets free." ~Aliza Garza, one of the creators of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag

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