Race, Racism & 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-DE, 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.


Recommended Reading

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

Featured Programs & Conversations

Race in America Conversation

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