Social Justice & Racial Equity resources

CitySquare is outraged by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We join their families and all those committed to social and economic justice in grieving these tragedies. These recent acts of violence are the latest reminder of how racism denies black people America’s promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”


Sadly, our fight against poverty has taught us police brutality is not the only threat to black lives in America. The persistence of racism, prejudice, and privilege threatens black lives in various ways, including housing discrimination, health disparities, and mass incarceration. Racism is the primary cause of poverty in the United States of America, and its effects are devastating to the health and well-being of communities of color.


CitySquare believes in our nation’s vision of “liberty and justice for all,” and we will not rest until that vision becomes a reality for those who have been denied it simply because of the color of their skin. It is past time we demand a new “normal” and dismantle the structures of racism that have oppressed our black brothers and sisters for far too long.  

"Racism is killing our neighbors."

Below is a statement from CitySquare CEO John Siburt. 

The System Has Them Stuck


Education resources explaining the history of racism

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Redlining in Dallas

This D Magazine article explains the consequences of redlining in Dallas

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Systemic Racism

Racism Explained

This YouTube video clearly explains the consequences of systemic racism

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Dallas' Past

This report from Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation explains Dallas's past

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The Color of Law

A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

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White Working Class

Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America

by Joan Williams

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White Rage

The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

by Carol Anderson

Get Honest


Examining your own privilege and racism


Check Your Privilege

 A quick BuzzFeed quiz to understand your own privilege in many areas

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Privilege Explained

This YouTube video clearly explains privilege through an exercise


Talk About Race

 Talking About Race portal with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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White Fragility

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

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The Color of Money

Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
by Mehrsa Baradaran

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Me & White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad

Get Real


Implementing action in your life

how to talk to your family about racism.

Engage Family

A great guide from Jen Winston on how to talk about racism with your family

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How To Be An Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi ·

A courageous book on the problem of race 

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Systemic Racism

Systemic Racism Today

Explore seven ways systemic racism is real in today's society, compiled by Ben & Jerry's

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Talk About Trayvon

A Toolkit highlighting the importance of discussing the murder of Trayvon Martin


Be Actively Antiracist

Being ‘Non-Racist’ Is Not Enough. Let’s Talk About Being Actively Anti-Racist.



Dear anti-racist allies:

Here’s how to respond to



Join Us in Taking Action

Implementing action in your life

where to start in your work to become an

Combat Racism

A guide from Crooked Media with resources and actions to take to combat racism

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Non-Optical Allyship

10 steps presented by editor and writer Mireille Cassandra Harper

Join the Fight

Join CitySquare

Join CitySquare in our monthly Urban Engagement Book Club or as a volunteer

About Allyship


More resources on how to be an effective ally

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Guide to Allyship

An evolving open-source guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.

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10 Things Allies Can Do

10 steps different things you can do as an ally, compiled by the YWCA.

Join the Fight

30 Ways To Be A Better Ally

A 30 step guide to being a better ally, by The Good Men Project

Systemic Racism and Prison Labor


Learn more about the racist policies of prison labor in the criminal justice system

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Prison Labor

Prison Labor in America

An article from The Atlantic exploring prison labor in relation to the 13th amendment

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Criminal Justice

Racial Bias

An article from The Washington Post examining racial bias in our criminal justice system

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Resources for Kids


How to talk to your kids about racism


10 Tips

For teaching and talking to your kids about race from

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Antiracist Child

A resource for talking to your kids about race from National Geographic


Books for Kids

The New York Times list of Anti-Racism books for kids to begin the conversation at home

Don't Know What to Say? Don't Say This


A reminder to be mindful in your conversations


27 Things

White People Should Not Say To Their Black Coworkers- posted verbatim from social media


3 Things

You Should Not Say To Your Black Colleagues Right Now compiled by Forbes


Things not to say

To A Black Woman, a list of things Black women are tired of hearing,  by Avery Francis 

Addressing Blue Lives


How blue lives factor into the Black Lives Matter conversation

Blue Lives

Blue Lives Aready Matter

from the Center for Constitutional Rights in response to the murder of Alton Sterling

Blue Lives

Blue Lives DO Matter

How police identity trumps public interest from The Washington Post 

Blue Lives

Highjacking BLM

Why people divert attention to "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter"