Selections to Read, Watch, Listen, Learn about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism from October, 2020

Driving while Black (Kennedy Library Forum)

In conversation, Gretchen Sorin, director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY and author of Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights; director Ric Burns and producer and editor Emir Lewis of the PBS documentary “Driving While Black” based on her research, discuss how the automobile transformed African American life.

The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors (Teaching Tolerance)

An introduction to the history of Indigenous enslavement on land that is now the United States.

The Underground Railroad Helping Slaves Escape…to Mexico (The Takeaway)

The little-known history of how slaves escaped to Mexico.

“A look at Vienna, Illinois, which once enforced racist “sundown” rules for Black people, allowing access to the town during the day, but subjecting them to arrest and violence after dark.”

Stockton Poll: Racism a Problem But N.J. Residents Divided on How Serious

“Majorities of New Jersey adults see racism as a major problem and believe police treat people of color more harshly than white people, but opinions vary widely across political, racial, and socioeconomic lines, according to a Stockton University Poll.”

A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C. (Washington Post, October 25, 2020)

Columbian Harmony Cemetery, a historic African American burial ground in Washington D.C. where some 37,000 people were laid to rest there between 1859 and 1960, was dug up and relocated in 1960 to make way for commercial development.  The headstones were hauled off as scrap. Plans to use the headstones as a memorial are underway.

When corporations try to belatedly address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, they often drop the responsibility on their few Black employees.

“ ‘These are two historically marginalized groups fighting over the same small slice of pie when there is so much more of the pie that neither has access to,’ ” said Ms. Gill, the author of the book Beauty Shop Politics: African-American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry.

Virtual learning during the pandemic has given African American parents a window into their children’s classrooms and the racial hostility and bias they face and the  opportunity they have to respond to and shield their children from it.



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