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Race, Racism, and Justice

Social Work is a profession of social action. It is rooted in our education, our Code of Ethics and ingrained in who we are in our professional and private lives. We are called to fight for social justice, and we do so, daily. It is not enough for social workers to be “not racist.” Our call to action, and our call to others, must be to be ANTI-RACIST. We must aggressively fight against racism, and challenge others to rise to this standard. We must work to systematically dismantle white privilege and create a social system that works equally well for all residents of our nation.

At NASW-NJ, we are committed to advocating for policies and legislation that advance racial justice. We are committed to creating educational opportunities for social workers related to race and racism. We are committed to learning, growing, and leaning in, even when it is hard or uncomfortable.

NASW-NJ Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Friends and Colleagues—

Like many of you, I have sat with news coming from Minnesota and George Floyd’s death for several days and while these situations are all too familiar, I struggle as if it is the first time we’ve seen it. 

As we watch our brothers and sisters murdered, the only thing I can respond with is enough

Enough killing. Enough violence. Enough racism and xenophobia, police brutality and enough with the school to prison pipeline. Enough with the thoughts and prayers. Enough with the advocacy that ends with a Facebook post or tweet. But also, are we doing enough? Are you? 

Read the full statement

Webinars and Programs on Race

Upcoming Live Webinars

Community Conversation: Race, Class and Gender: Intersectionality in Social Work
September 22 | 12:00 - 1:00pm
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Summer Book Club Series: "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo 
September 24| 6:00 - 7:30pm 
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On-Demand Webinars

Discussing Issues of Race with Young Children
Recorded Live on June 19
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Race Through the Lens of Trauma
Recorded Live on June 25
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Queer and Black: Politics, Identities and Movement 
Recorded Live on June 30
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Self Care for the Black Community During Covid-19 and BLM
Recorded Live on July 7
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Myths Surrounding Immigration & Undocumented Clients 
Recorded Live on July 15
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Let's Talk About Whiteness: Understanding Racial Identity, Privilege, and Fragility 
Recorded Live on July 29
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The School to Prison Pipeline 
Recorded Live on August 18
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Support for Parents of Color During a Racial Pandemic 
Recorded Live on September 3
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Continuing Education Programs

Culturally Sensitive Interventions for Asian Americans
November 5 | 12:00 - 2:00pm
2 Clinical or Social/Cultural CEUs
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Fostering Resilience in Latina/O/X Mental Health
November 18 | 12:00 - 2:00pm
2 Clinical or Social/Cultural CEUs
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Recommended Reading

How to Be an Antiracist
Author: Ibram X. Kendi (2019)

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Author: Austin Channing Brown (2018)

So You Want to Talk About Race
Author: Ijeoma Oluo (2019)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism 
Author: Robin DiAngelo (2018)

Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Author: Michelle Alexander (2010)

How We Fight for Our Lives
Author: Saeed Jones (2019)

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School
Author: Monique Morris (2018)

A Black Women's History of the United States
Authors: Daina Raimy Berry & Kali Nicole Gross (2020)