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

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth: A free online professional development curriculum

Project READY is a three-year program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create professional development for school librarians and other educators focused on racial equity and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

America Has Yet to Achieve Racial Equity in Cannabis Reform. New Jersey Is Hoping Dianna Houenou Can Change That (The Root, November 8, 2020)

With the November 3 voter approval of the referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational use,  Governor Phil Murphy hopes to avoid what’s happened in other states where “white business-owners and large corporations have disproportionately benefited from cannabis reform, prompting fresh concerns about what the future of marijuana legalization holds for the Black and Latinx communities who suffered the most from America’s punitive drug policies.”

Chinbuihe Obi Achimba escaped persecution as a gay man in Nigeria to face threats and biases as a Black man in the United States.

Sourland African American History on Video

The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) and the Sourland Conservancy have announced the release of two videos that were funded by grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). The first, SSAAM: An American Story, was released on November 10.  The second, African American Presence in the Sourland Mountain Region, will be released on November 17.

Artworks Unveils Black Lives Matter Mural in Downtown Trenton

“Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts center, has unveiled a mural in solidarity with the goals of justice and racial equity advanced by the Black Lives Matter movement across the country. The collaborative four-panel mural pays homage to Trenton citizens who participated in peaceful demonstrations this past summer in protest of unnecessary police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others before them, and in recognition of the fact that the nation still needs to acknowledge and address institutional racism at all levels of society. The public mural is installed on the side of the Artworks main gallery building at 19 Everett Alley in downtown Trenton. Funding for the project came from the I Am Trenton Community Foundation and ContentTrenton, in addition to Artworks funds designated for public art projects.” 

Race and Medicine

This collection seeks to bring together research on racial disparities across our specialties along with perspectives from physicians from various racial backgrounds.

Black Reconstruction in the United States

The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education’s (Chhange) November Virtual Lunch & Learn was led by Dr. Walter D. Greason of Monmouth University.  Additional resources can be found on Dr. Greason’s website.

New Web Portal for Online Filing of Harassment, Discrimination and Bias Incident Complaints

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced “the launch of a new internet portal – the NJ Bias Investigation Access System (NJBIAS) — through which residents can file discrimination complaints and report possible bias offenses online.”

Economist “using patents as a proxy for invention and innovation, . . . calculated how many were never issued because of the violence — riots, lynchings and Jim Crow laws — to which African Americans were subjected between 1870 and 1940.”  In an interview in NPR’s Planet Money she further explained that while “it usually takes two to three years for a paper to be published. . . . for her paper, it took 10 years of critique and revision and debate, also support from her Nobel Prize-winning colleagues, before her research was published in the Journal of Economic Growth in 2014. . . . [She] basically wrote a black history paper on top of her econ paper spelling out the effect of racial violence as it rippled through black communities across the country.”

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