One Book 2021-2022: So You Want to Talk about Race

One Book Research and Resource Guide for "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Understanding Policing & Racism

Chapter 6: Is Police Brutality Really About Race?

Our police forces were created not to protect Americans of color, but to control Americans of color. People of color were seen by the police as an inconvenience at best, and a threat at worst, but never as people to protect and serve. This desire to control the behavior of people of color along with disregard for the lives of people of color has been woven throughout the history of American policing. This general attitude toward communities of color was also built into police training and police culture, and strong remnants of that remain today.

-From "So You Want to Talk About Race," Chapter 6

Background Articles 

These are articles that come from encyclopedias, overview reports, books, or similarly sourced aimed at providing the basic facts on a topic.

Popular Source Articles 

These are articles from more popular media sources such as websites, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and the like.  

Scholarly Articles

These are articles from scholarly/academic journals that are written by researchers and other experts in their fields to share the findings of their original research with others in the field.


Videos can be a great place to get information. Linked below are some featured - both from the library's streaming collection, as well as videos on the web.

Source: "The Racist Origins of U.S. Law" by Origin of Everything, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Websites and Organizations 

Featured Podcasts


Linked below are some films and audio clips from StoryCorps, an organization aimed at sharing American stories.

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Featured Podcasts

Linked below are some criminal justice-based podcasts.