The CBT of Racism

The purpose of modern psychiatry and psychology is to give an opportunity to understand ourselves.  Learning about oneself requires an understanding of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions – a staple of therapy. The resource list below was created to work on all three of those domains as part of MPS efforts to create meaningful changes in ourselves and in our community.

The first part of your work is on your thoughts. We as people make assumptions about people that guide how we treat others – these assumptions are called biases. Videos such as “Systemic Racism Explained” and articles such as “1968 Lerner Commission” help to expand one’s understanding of how the world and government see people who look different. Articles such as “Acknowledging Your Privilege and Becoming an Ally” allow one to look inward into how each individual sees people who look different. The second part is the examination of feelings. Feelings are best expressed in conversations.  Videos such as “Uncomfortable Conversations with Black Men” and “How To Respond to Common Racist Statements” give one the opportunity to openly discuss those feelings or listen to the feelings of others to facilitate those tough conversations. Most of the links are given for the most important third part – action. Links to businesses including restaurants and bookstores, provide the chance to show support to people of color with your dollars as well as your heart.

Understanding yourself does not end in a moment, it continues by constantly seeking a higher level of understanding and self-knowledge. This list is only a start! We at MPS encourage all people reading this list to continue to learn more about themselves, have more conversations, and act with pride to uplift your family, friends, and communities to a greater place of self realization. We also hope that you share this list with people you care about so that they too can take on this challenge of making the world better by examining their own biases.


  1. Anti Racism Resources –


  1. Ways to Help –


  1. 1968 Lerner Commission (The Cause of Rioting) –


  1. 26 African American History Books to Read to Your Kids –


  1. 10 Documentaries to Watch About Race –


  1. Systemic Racism Explained –


  1. Social Justice Books –


  1. 125 Black Owned Business to Support Right Now –


  1. Black Owned Restaurants –


  1. Uncomfortable Conversations with Black Men –
  2. 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People –


  1. Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Kids –


  1. 25 Books By Black Authors –


  1. 31 Children’s Books for Diverse Children –


  1. The Washington Post’s “The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968” –


  1. 8 Everyday Ways to Fight Racism –


  1. Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children –


  1. Talking Against Racism within Families –


  1. How to Talk to Your Children about Protests and Racism –


  1. How to Talk to Kids about Racism and George Floyd –


  1. Talking to Kids About Race –


  1. How To Respond to Common Racist Statements –


  1. How to Talk to Your Non-Black Family Members about Race, according to therapists –


  1. CNN Sesame Street Town Hall –


  1. How to Talk to White Relatives about Racism –


  1. Teach The History of Policing –


  1. “Acknowledging Your Privilege and Becoming an Ally”: a Guide to Resources for White Folks –


  1. PBS Newshour’s Race Matters in America –


  1. 47 Black Owned Bookstores –
  2. U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism –


  1. Resources for Asian and AAPI Students Experiencing COVID-19 Related Harassment –


  1. Know Your Rights when Protesting –


  1. White Privilege Glasses –


  1. Race & Privilege: A Social Experiment Regardless of Race –


  1. 5 Countries (Besides America) that has Race Issues –


  1. Can Latinos Benefit from White Privilege –


  1. Books for First Graders About Racism & Activism –


  1. 29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice –


  1. 21 Anti-Racism Videos to Share with Kids –


  1. 30 Educators to follow on Instagram for Helpful Anti-Racism Resources –


  1. Two Thumbs Up: Movies and Documentaries to Use (and Avoid) When Teaching Civil Rights –


  1. 75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women –




  1. Netflix Launches ‘Black Lives Matter’ Collection of Movies, TV Shows and Documentaries –


  1. 6 Things White People Say That Highlight Their Privilege –




  1. Children’s Books For Parents Who Want To Talk About Racism With Their Kids –


  1. ‘Plague of inequality’ haunts U.S. 50 years after a landmark study on racial division –


  1. The best online LGBT exhibitions for pride month –


  1. Directory Of Black Psychiatrists –


  1. A History of Policing – An Online Class for Youth –


  1. Race & Racism in America (PBS) –


  1. The Grey Challenge –


  1. Explaining the Southern Strategy –


  1. ‘Defund the Police” Explained –


  1. Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses That are Great Alternatives to Starbucks –


  1. 21 Cookbooks by Black Authors You Should Add to Your Shelf –


  1. Resources to Fight Racism and Unconscious Bias –


  1. Books on the History of Race Relations –


  1. What Not To Say –


  1. Black Parents Explain How To Deal with Police –


  1. Why Cities are So Segregated –


  1. Racism and Inequities in Health Care for Black Americans –


Chad Lennon, M.D. 

Public Psychiatry and Diversity Coalition