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

How to Be an Antiracist Educator

Social and emotional learning (SEL) practitioner-scholar Dena Simmons recommends five actions “to confront the harm of racism:” 1. Engage in Vigilant Self-Awareness; 2. Acknowledge Racism and the Ideology of White Supremacy; 3. Study and Teach Representative History; 4. Talk About Race with Students; 5. When You See Racism, Do Something

Art Against Racism

Jesse North and Dave Tavani of Discover Jersey Arts speak with curators Judith Brosky and Rhinold Ponder, co-chairs of Art Against Racism’s “Memorial.Monument.Movement,” about mounting a social justice art exhibit that captures the Black Lives Matter movement during a pandemic. (8:28) View the virtual exhibit, which is intended to be permanent, by clicking here.

“How Have I Not Read This?” Book Club Discussion of James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Hilton Als, and Imani Perry discuss James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street. Moderated by Julian Lucas. [Originally published on November 13, 2020 via Vintage Books & Anchor Books]

New 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Anti-racism author and trainer, Debby Irving, has created a new set of resources to increase racial knowledge and understanding.

Shaylyn Romney Garrett and “The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again,” . . . examine[s] century-long data, tracking outcomes by race in health, education, income, wealth and voting. . . . [and determined that] positive change for Black Americans was actually faster in the decades before the civil rights revolution than in the decades after.  They ascribe this finding to both white backlash and a shift from communal concern to prioritizing individual, selfish interests above the common good.

Created Equal

“The Declaration of Independence asserts that ‘all men are created equal’ and are endowed with certain unalienable rights – ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. When those words were written, over 52 percent of Williamsburg’s population was enslaved. This is a special release of “Created Equal”, a museum theatre exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired, and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America. It first premiered live on stage at Colonial Williamsburg on July 4th, 2019.”

The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence.  A virtual play festival presented by McCarter Theatre in association with Round House Theatre

Kennedy influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris.Three of the four plays of this virtual festival are available to stream now! Watch them all (plus the fourth one, premiering January 9) with a Festival Pass or individual performance tickets at just $15. Click here to purchase.

You can also now stream all four of the complimentary panel discussions for free here. Each one covers a different topic and features a dynamic selection of special guests.

BitterSweet: Linked Through Slavery,

A blog hosted by the Linked Descendants Working Group and Coming to the Table (CTTT.) Linked descendants have a joint history in slavery–a pairing of a descendant of an enslaved person with a descendant of his or her enslaver, who are researching their shared history and hoping to find people they are linked to through slavery. Some linked descendants have found each other and are in communication, some are still searching.

To see an example of a linked project, look at the Gwynn’s Island Project  a “website is dedicated to African Americans whose ancestral home place is Gwynn’s Island in Mathews County, Virginia.”

Virtual Exhibition of Student Art Dedicated to Public Service and Social Justice

In this virtual exhibition associated with The Art of Anti-Racism and Social Justice: Exhibition and Conversation, Princeton University students and alumna Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri ’01 share their short videos dedicated to public service and social justice in an expanding online archive.

“A study showed that the devices, which measure oxygen levels in the blood, were three times more likely to give misleading readings among African-American patients.”

How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men (ProPublica, December 22, 2020)

“While COVID-19 has killed 1 out of every 800 African Americans, a toll that overwhelms the imagination, even more stunning is the deadly efficiency with which it has targeted young Black men.” Like the legendary John Henry whose “determination and strength are also what killed him. The John Henry of contemporary social theory is a man striving to get ahead in an unequal society.”

“Black policyholders suspect discrimination as they deal with insurers, but it is impossible to prove because the insurers keep a lid on claims data. . . . Where data is publicly available, such as auto insurance, researchers have found that policies discriminate against Black drivers by charging them higher premiums. But homeowners’ insurance has been opaque. It can be hard to compel insurers to part with data, partly because they are regulated by states and not the federal government.”

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