Read, Watch, Listen, Learn about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism, Week of August 2, 2020

Nice White Parents

Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt looks at inequality in education in a new podcast from Serial Productions, brought to you by The New York Times, about the 60-year relationship between white parents in NYC and the public school down the block.  See also The Reading List Behind ‘Nice White Parents’.

Reporter John Blake’s How ‘good White people’ derail racial progress addresses similar conflicts over schools and residential segregation in other locations.

This Land

Rebecca Nagle, an Oklahoma journalist and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this podcast provides an in depth look at how a cut and dry murder case opened an investigation into half the land in Oklahoma and the treaty rights of five tribes.

What Is Antiracism? by Dr. Nathalie Edmond

Dr. Edmond clarifies the terminology of anti-racism and summarizes how “we are all indoctrinated into a racist society that has white supremacy as its foundation.”

“There are strong indications that Native Americans have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. The rate of known cases in the eight counties with the largest populations of Native Americans is nearly double the national average, a New York Times analysis has found. . . .Tribal epidemiology centers have fought for months to obtain case information from the C.D.C., and are only now receiving snippets of what they requested . . . . ‘If you eliminate us in the data, you have effectively eliminated us for the allocation of resources,’ said Abigail Echo-Hawk, the director of the Urban Indian Health Institute.”

In two years, NJ wrote only one ‘racial impact statement’ to study criminal justice disparities.

“Criminal justice bills in New Jersey are supposed to include a public analysis of how the legislation would affect communities of color as dictated by the 2018 bill (S-677), but legislative staff members have crafted only one such analysis, for a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana that New Jerseyans will vote on this November. And that analysis — though distributed to lawmakers before they voted, according to the Senate Majority Office — is not posted online, as required.”

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