Coalition for Racial Justice

Educational Resources

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Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

White supremacy culture is the idea (ideology) that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. White supremacy culture is reproduced by all the institutions of our society.

Read more about the characteristics of white supremacy culture, the antidotes, and what we imagine as something different.


Organizational Self-Assessment

Why Should I Use This Tool?
Unequal opportunities and racial inequity are deeply embedded and usually not intended. Producing equitable opportunities, operations and results requires being intentional.

What Will the Tool Accomplish?
It raises organizational awareness, starts focused conversations, contributes to the development of equity action plans, and tracks organizational change. Organizations that care about these issues can produce early results by using this tool.


White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture

"White supremacy culture is gendered. White women do white supremacy…differently.

As our analysis of white supremacy has grown, I’ve found myself asking what are the everyday ways white women show up that maintain white supremacy in a sector that is, ostensibly, about making the world a more just place."


White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

This essay has been described as one of the most authoritative texts on the subject of white privilege, and has been cited as being responsible for the mainstreaming of the discussion of white privilege.  It was originally published in 1989 in Peace and Freedom Magazine, and it is now hosted online by the National SEED Project, founded by the author. This link offers a free online copy of the paper, as well as facilitator's notes for sparking a discussion with your group! Explore their site for more writings from McIntosh and other anti-racist educators, as well as trainings and other resources.

Kimberle Crenshaw

The Urgency of Intersectionality, by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. Crenshaw is known for the introduction and development of intersectional theory, the study of how overlapping or intersecting social identities, particularly minority identities, relates to systems and structures of oppression, domination, or discrimination. For an introduction to Crenshaw's most influential ideas, check out this TED Talk on the Urgency of Intersectionality—or do a deep dive on critical race theory and intersectionality through her books and articles, listed on her profile page at UCLA School of Law.


How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice

This publication explores the ways in which our current thinking about leadership often contributes to producing and maintaining racialized dynamics, and identifies a set of core competencies associated with racial justice leadership. Recommendations are included for helping leadership programs develop and support leadership that furthers racial justice in organizations, communities, and the broader society. The Leadership and Race publication is part of the Leadership for a New Era Series.


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Member Organizations

The Coalition for Racial Justice is a collaboration of more than 20 member organizations from throughout Franklin County and the North Quabbin.

Committee Projects

Members of the Coalition work together in committees to create action plans for dismantling systemic racism.

Educational Resources

Our Coalition is powered by a critical analysis of racism, and we have collected the key resources we used to get educated!

Almost twenty-seven years ago, NELCWIT was a lifesaver for me and my three kids, and none of us have forgotten. I'm just sharing this with you to let you know what a huge impact the courageous and dedicated women of NELCWIT, and the vital, top-notch services they provide, have had across time. I can't, and wouldn't want to, imagine my life without your grace and wisdom.

- Anonymous