Racial Inclusivity A Highland & Alpine Community Initiative

This topic is complicated and can be uncomfortable for many in our community. The focus is to create an opportunity to broaden our understanding of these topics from a different perspective that many in our community may know. This site is dedicated to providing resources for individuals who are seeking to understand racism, inequality, inequity and anti-racism.

Building a More Racially Inclusive Community Discussions

June 10, 2020 - Highland City Meeting with the Mayor

August 12, 2020 - Highland City Meeting with the Mayor


Bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that’s considered to be unfair. Biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution and can have negative or positive consequences.

There are types of biases:

  • Conscious bias (also known as explicit bias) and
  • Unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias)

It is important to note that biases, conscious or unconscious, are not limited to ethnicity and race. Though racial bias and discrimination are well documented, biases may exist toward any social group. One’s age, gender, gender identity physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, weight, and many other characteristics are subject to bias.

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.

Source: "Unconscious Bias." Office of Diversity and Outreach, University of California, San Francisco


What is it?

Project Implicit was founded in 1998 by three scientists – Tony Greenwald (University of Washington), Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University), and Brian Nosek (University of Virginia). It is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

There are a number of topics to choose from, ranging from race to gender to disabilities. The test takes about 10 minutes to complete.


The Talk

The Look

Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police

Systemic Racism Explained

The Anti-Racism Experiment That Transformed an Oprah Show Audience | Where Are They Now | OWN

TED Talk | Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Ted Talk | Mellody Hobson: Color Blind or Color Brave?

Ted Talk | Daryl Davis: Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

TED Talk | Ibram X. Kendi: The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist



  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay


  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debbie Irving
  • All About Love by Bell Hooks
  • Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks
  • Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade
  • Colorblind by Tim Wise
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin Warriors
  • Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • Failing Up by Leslie Odom, Jr.
  • White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Michael Brown, David B. Oppenheimer, Troy Duster, Martin Carnoy
  • A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
  • “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” By Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry
  • My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
  • The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • White Like Me by Tim Wise
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Young Adult

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  • Black Enough, edited by Ibi Zoboi
  • Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, adapted by Guy A. Sims
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
  • Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani


  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
  • African American Folktales for Young Readers collected and edited by Richard and Judy Dockery Young
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
  • If you lived at the time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine
  • I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer
  • I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
  • I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  • Riley can be anything by Davina Hamilton
  • Dad, who will I be? By G. Todd Taylor
  • When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
  • More than a Princess by Delanda Coleman and Terrence Coleman

Harvard Business School Case: African American Inequality in the United States

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.



National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.



Contribute to fight racism and advance equality by donating to social justice organizations within your community and nationally.

Equal Justice Initiative is an organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. We litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.

National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice. For more than 50 years, the National Urban League's Education and Youth Development division have gathered the expertise and supportive evidence to develop academic programs that address the specific social and cultural needs of young African Americans.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is a U.S. organization that seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans through litigation, advocacy, and public education. As the organization that litigated Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down segregation in public schools, LDF has long led the struggle for equal education in the United States. That struggle continues today, both in and outside the courts, where LDF works tirelessly to ensure that every African-American student has access to a safe, inclusive, and high-quality education.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union Foundation) is a network of national and state affiliate offices filing cases in both state and federal courts. In addition, our Washington Legislative Office lobbies Congress to pass bills that advance or defend civil liberties and defeat those that do not, and our affiliates work in state houses across the country to do the same.

Race Forward’s work includes a variety of different activities designed to support the racial justice movement. We address different key issue areas each year, focusing on uncovering structural inequities and pointing to concrete solutions for addressing them.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stands on the front lines of some of the most pressing and complex civil rights problems, using litigation, public education and other advocacy tools to address discrimination, advance the law, and take defensive action when necessary to safeguard fragile gains.

Human Rights Watch is a global organization that scrupulously investigates abuses, exposes the facts widely, and pressures those with power to respect rights and secure justice.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance leads a cross-sector national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to education and opportunity. Support includes leveraging policy advocacy to keep students healthy, college access mentoring, and building healthy communities of opportunity. (This cause falls under the Obama Foundation)


The Utah Black Chamber of Commerce was created to build pathways for black Utahns and diverse implants alike to find ways to succeed in Utah. From the beginning, our vision has been to be the key resource center and knowledge share for corporate stakeholders both in Utah, and the Mountain West Region, and to actively promote the personal and professional growth of black Utahns. We want everyone to have the necessary tools, network and family system to experience a more fulfilling life within our communities.

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