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Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources


From the National Association of Independent Schools: Take A Selfie for Racial Justice: Thoughts to Spur Reflection and Action

What Awaits Black Children When They Return to School
by Sarah Begley

From NPR: This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea

Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

The Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC) has been devoted to delivering powerful programs to increase knowledge and understanding around equity and social justice.

Recommendations from Grace Wingfield:

For children and adults:
Inform and educate on the source of what we see our country, finally acknowledging more comprehensively, systemic racism. First, it is imortant to understand the history and origins of racism and racial injustice in the U.S. Most importantly is understanding that racism was created to justify slavery for economic purposes and is not scientific. Race did not exist scientifically and then was utilized in horrific ways. Often this is the story told. These are a few good resources:

* The documentary 13th. It is free on YouTube and on Netflix. There is some cursing and graphic pictures. If you have not seen this, I would watch it yourself first. Be sure to watch it with your grandchildren. It is too important to not watch. Our Middle School students have viewed this, and I emailed a Lower School instructor to ask if 9 years old is an appropriate age (not my area of expertise). He said definitely if watched with adults. This is a cliffnotes version of 13th.

* A TED talk by Megan Ming Frances, "Let's get to the Root of Racial Injustice." This is a good video about getting to the source and acknowledging systemic racism. Remember that in history class, the story of slavery and racism is often covered in a neat tidy three-day package which ends with Martin Luther King's march, and then the false conclusion that everything is fine now.

* RACE - the Power of an Illusion. This is a four part PBS series. If there is interest in learning more, this is a scientific and sociologic set of videos that can be purchased for $5.

* Here is a recent talk about talking to kids about race. I have followed and admired Rosetta Lee for awhile. She is great and is part of this talk.

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I think it is important to name and learn more about microaggressions.

Here is the definition by Derald Wing-Sue:
Microaggressions: everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.

I am certain they have already heard microaggressions directed to them or at least in media. It is important to understand and learn more about microaggressions in order to recognize and dismantle, to maintain strong self-confidence and self-love for who we are. Even for adults, it is difficult to process microaggressions because they are not overt, so a lot of questioning of oneself occurs. There is a feeling of discomfort or upset, but it is often hard to articulate and point to because of the fact that they are often veiled as a positive comment, or even thought of that way by the person saying it. Even a comment like, "Your hair looks really pretty" stated to a black girl on a day when it is styled differently is difficult to process. Some thoughts that come up for the listener:

"They notice my hair as different than theirs. I knew it."
"I am glad I did this to conform."
"I wish I did not do this to conform."
"Others have different styles too, why are they commenting to me?"
"Wait, they are saying something nice."

Wrestling with all of this or having it all bottled up inside can really eat away at our self-confidence and self-assurance. These are two quick videos about microaggressions.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue - Microaggressions in his own words

Look Different | "Your English is so good." | MTV

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This is a microaggresion activity I used in class from breakingprejudice.org.

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Other thing I would encourage is pointing out black inventors and history:

Lewis Howard Latimer biography. Lewis Howard Latimer was an inventor and draftsman best known for his contributions to the patenting of the light bulb and the telephone.

Carbon Light Bulb Filament, Invented by Lewis Latimer in 1881

The Accidental Invention of the Super Soaker

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Anti-Racism Resources - Events


Rendering Justice Virtual Exhibition

Curated by artist Jesse Krimes, the Rendering Justice exhibition coming to the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the work of Mural Arts Philadelphia's 2019 Reimagining Reentry Fellows, and features an expansive examination of mass incarceration and an unflinching depiction of contemporary America. The works feature varied responses to the displacement of bodies and revocation of autonomy entailed in incarceration and affirm how artists maintain a sense of identity, regain their agency, and grapple with coercive forces until—and after—they reenter society.

The artworks, made possible by generous funding from the Art for Justice Fund, an initiative founded by Agnes Gund in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, will be on virtual display beginning Wednesday, October 28, and will be celebrated with a series of virtual programming featuring the artists throughout the coming months. .

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Civil Conversation in Uncivil Times: Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square with Ray Suarez

Free Worldwide Class to Launch with Journalist and Author Ray Suarez

On October 12, 2020 students from around the world can begin taking a free, online class to help people of faith and their communities better understand the dynamics at play in this year’s elections and to learn how to respond faithfully.

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Villanova Community Mini-Course

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The College of Professional Studies, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is pleased to welcome members of our adult community to a free, virtual mini-course. This virtual mini-course will be an exceptional way to “get back to school” for a few weeks and learn from Villanova’s distinguished faculty.

Mini-Course: The Harlem Renaissance
November 4, 11, and 18
10:00-11:15 a.m. EDT | 100% online

During the 1920s and 30s, an artistic and cultural movement developed among African Americans centered in New York and several other urban metropolises. Seeking to resist nineteenth century stereotypes of the “Old Negro” as inferior, dependent, hyper-sexualized and violent, black and white writers, musicians, aesthetic artists, and political leaders presented a new image of black men and women, an image that demanded respect and the full rights of American citizenship. The literary and culture movement known as “the Harlem Renaissance” evolved as a result of great political turmoil and violence, a great migration, and the production of exciting literature and culture. We will examine the period from the 1890’s through the 1920’s through representative art and artists of the period, like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, and WEB DuBois.