Antiracism Resources


Racism and hate have no place in our community. We seek to work with others to build a resilient community that expresses a deep concern for the well-being of every person. We remain committed to action that is rooted in equity and respect for human dignity.

To that end, our librarians have curated this guide to antiracism terms, online resources, and materials available to borrow from the Orland Park Public Library.

Terms you should know


BIPOC is an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.


An act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit:
Racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.


The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
An act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.
The state of being oppressed.


A right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most


A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
A policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

White Supremacy

The belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, especially Black people, and are therefore rightfully the dominant group in any society.

For more, see:

National Organizations

Chicago-Based Organizations

Organizations For Non-Bipoc


These guides from other organizations and universities contain history, information, articles, and much more on the topics of anti-racism and oppression.



The library has copies of the following books. If they are checked out, a librarian will be happy to place you on a wait list for the next available copy. Many of these books have digital versions that are available through Overdrive and/or Hoopla.

A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: the incarceration of African American women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris Hill
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Biased : Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
I Can’t Breathe: A killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi
I'm Still Here : Black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Jumping at Shadows: The triumph of fear and the end of the American dream by Sasha Abramsky
Me and White Supremacy: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad
On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the ravaging of African American voting rights by Lawrence Goldstone
White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
Rest in Power: The enduring life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram Z. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop: A sermon to white America by Michael Eric Dyson
The Black and the Blue: A cop reveals the crimes, racism, and injustice in America's law enforcement by Matthew Horace
The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Toxic Inequality: How America's wealth gap destroys mobility, deepens the racial divide, and threatens our future by Thomas M. Shapiro
What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King
Writings on the Wall: Searching for a new equality beyond black and white by Kareem Abdul-Jabber

Films & Documentaries

The library has copies of the following DVD films and documentaries. If they are checked out, a librarian will be happy to place you on a wait list for the next available copy.

The following list of films and documentaries are only available only through the Netflix streaming service. A personal subscription is required to view these.

  • All Day and a Night (2020)
  • American Son (2019)
  • Becoming (2020)
  • Dear White People (2017)
  • Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
  • Seven Seconds (2018)
  • Strong Island (2017)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
  • 13th (2016)
  • Trial by Media: 41 Shots (2020)
  • When They See Us (2019)