Do the Work!
is a hands-on workbook for anyone
overwhelmed by racial injustice, who feels shocked by all the American
histories they never learned, and who keeps asking the question “what
can I DOOOOOO?!” Packed with humorous, thought-provoking activities—all
are rooted in history and contemporary social justice concepts—the book
helps readers move from "What can I do?" to... you know... actually
doing the work.
Overwhelmed by racial injustice? Outraged by the news? Find yourself asking, “What can I doooooo?” DO THE WORK!
and thought-provoking, this highly illustrated, highly informative
interactive workbook gives readers a unique, hands-on understanding of
systemic racism—and how we can dismantle it.
Packed with activities, games, illustrations, comics, and eye-opening conversation, Do the Work!
challenges readers to think critically and act effectively. Try the
“Separate but Not Equal” crossword puzzle. Play “Bootstrapping, the
Game” to understand the myth of meritocracy. Test your knowledge of
racist laws by playing “Jim Crow or Jim Faux?”
conversations with your people (scripts and talking points included). Be
open to new ideas and diversify your “feed” with a scavenger hunt. Team
up with an accountability partner and find hundreds of ideas,
resources, and opportunities to DO THE WORK!
Ready to get started?
1. A SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKBOOK FOR EVERYONE, RIGHT NOW: Do The Work
offers readers creative, practical, actionable ideas, advice, and
guidance via humorous, thought-provoking activities. It’s not an
in-depth, deep-dive into the history of racist ideas in American
(because there are already plenty of those!), or a crucial scholarly
text about the construction of whiteness and white supremacy (because
you bought at least one of those and haven’t read past the foreword
yet.). It’s a workbook, meant to be picked up, put down, carried around,
ripped apart, played with, shared, and absorbed.
3. HUMOR AND HANDS-ON LEARNING: Experience gerrymandering through
a Connect-the-Dots activity of Pennsylvania's 7th district. Learn
about redlining through a Color-by-Numbers map based on the infamous
redlining maps created by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation in the late
1930s. Take a "Nope or Nice" quiz that tests your knowledge of which
commonly used words have racist roots or are offensive to some groups.
And try your hand at questions from the state of Alabama’s 1965 Literacy
Test (until Literacy Tests were finally eliminated by the Civil Rights
Act that year, a person who missed more than 7 of the 68 questions
would have their applications to vote denied).