Racial justice, diversity, and inclusiveness are a focus at public media organizations across the country. Many can talk the talk, but few have successfully walked the walk. So what can we, as individual stations, and as a system do to become more diverse, more inclusive, and therefore, more successful? One major recommendation is to become racially literate

With that as a goal, consider building staff and team meetings around Ted Talks and readings followed by open discussions. Start your exploration here:

Ted Talks

Janet Stoval – “How to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion”
Priva Vulchi and Winona Guo – “What it Takes to be Racially Literate”
Hasan Kwame Jeffries – ” Why We Must Confront Hard Historical Truths”
Paul Rucker – “The Symbols of Systemic Racism and How We Take Away their Power”
Ibram X. Kendi “The Difference between Being Not Racist and Antiracist”
Baratunde Thurston – “How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time”
Bryan Stevenson – “We Need to Talk About an Injustice”


Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Valchi
White Like Me by Tim Wise
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Eddie Moore Jr.,
What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali Michael
White by Law by Ian Haney Lopez
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kive
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

To add materials that have helped you and your staff, or to share what you’ve been doing to become more diverse and inclusive send details and contact information to executive.director@us-alliance.org