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The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today. — Deuteronomy 15: 12–15 — John Locke, “Second Treatise” By our unpaid labor and suffering, we have earned the right to the soil, many times over and over, and now we are determined to have it. — Anonymous, 1861 Listen to the audio version of this article:Feature stories, read aloud: download the Audm app for your iPhone. I. In the 1920s, Jim Crow Mississippi was, in all facets of society, a kleptocracy. This was hardly unusual.

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In The Dark Fantastic, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas asks what is really happening in fantasy worlds, and finds a mirror to our own Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is a professor who studies and teaches how people of color are portrayed, or not portrayed, in children’s and young adult literature, film, and television — and how those portrayals shape our culture. Her book exploring these issues, The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, has just been published. Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas But nearly two decades ago, she was a school teacher in her native Detroit during a snowy winter, opening a Harry Potter book for the first time. “I was supposed to be disavowing childhood and I ended up just falling straight into it,” Thomas told the Office Hours podcast.

What It’s Like to See ‘Slave Play’ as a Black Person Still, some black people have felt a “recklessness or boldness to what I’m putting onstage in front of white people,” Mr. Harris, who began writing “Slave Play” during his first year as a graduate student at the Yale School of Drama, told me. A not-uncommon critique of the play is that most of the audience will be white, or that he wrote it with a white gaze in mind. “The main audience for this play was, and always has been, me,” he said. 2019 Summer Reading List 2019 Summer Reading List PDF Are you looking for a curated summer reading list that celebrates diversity, inclusivity and intersecting identities? The We Are Kid Lit Collective selects books by and about IPOC (Indigenous and People of Color), people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ communities. Chosen books are thoroughly selected, discussed, and vetted by two or more members. 2019 WKL collective members: Tad Andracki, Edith Campbell, Laura M.

The Faces of American Power, Nearly as White as the Oscar Nominees Minorities are highlighted in yellow. Pictured: David P. Abney, UPS; Samuel R. Allen, Deere; Richard H. Anderson, Delta Air Lines; Greg L. Research on Diversity in Youth Literature Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. RDYL is published twice a year; June issues are themed and December issues are unthemed. We are pleased to announce that RDYL 3.1, themed “Minstrelsy and Racist Appropriation in Youth Literature and Culture,” will be guest edited by Dr. Brigitte Fielder (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. Fighting Racism Even, and Especially, Where We Don’t Realize It Exists HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACISTBy Ibram X. Kendi What do you do after you have written “Stamped From the Beginning,” an award-winning history of racist ideas that examined some of America’s most seemingly progressive intellectuals — Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, W.

The Fight to Redefine Racism It is no criticism of Kendi’s book to say that its title is misleading: he offers a provocative new way to think about race in America, but little practical advice. He wants readers to become politically active—to work to change public policy, and to “focus on power instead of people.” DiAngelo, the author of “White Fragility,” is unapologetically interested in people, particularly white people. She is perhaps the country’s most visible expert in anti-bias training, a practice that is also an industry, and from all appearances a prospering one.

How to Be an Antiracist — Ibram X. Kendi BACK IN 2000, countless Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind. Eight years later, countless Americans were imagining their nation as post-racial. The discourse on racism, the recognition of racism seemed to be on the way out as the nation’s first Black president headed into the White House. How to Be Less Stupid About Race “Fleming offers a crash course in what will be a radically new perspective for most and a provocative challenge that should inspire those who disagree with her to at least consider their basic preconceptions . . . . A deft, angry analysis for angry times.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review “[A]n insightful and irreverent text . . . her work is truly accessible; she breaks down complex concepts and constructs arguments effectively in jocular, witty prose. This analysis of today’s complex sociopolitical climate would be a great starting point for anyone looking to question preconceived mainstream notions about race.”—Publishers Weekly

Robin DiAngelo, PhD DiAngelo, R. & Sensoy, Ö. (2008). “But I’m shy!”: Classroom participation as a social justice issue. Sensoy, Ö. & DiAngelo, R. (2017). “Diverse Candidates Encouraged To Apply…”: How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change. A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form predictable patterns: they will insist that they “were taught to treat everyone the same,” that they are “color-blind,” that they “don’t care if you are pink, purple, or polka-dotted.” They will point to friends and family members of color, a history of civil-rights activism, or a more “salient” issue, such as class or gender. They will shout and bluster. They will cry. In 2011, DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged—and particularly when they feel implicated in white supremacy.

Q&A: How White Educators Can Move Beyond 'White Fragility' Commentary What educators can do to break the status quo of racism Author Robin DiAngelo thinks white people are being too sensitive. 2018 Summer Reading List 2018 Summer Reading List PDF Are you looking for a curated summer reading list that celebrates diversity and all its intersections? The team at We’re the People select books that are by and about IPOC (Indigenous and People of Color), people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Chosen books are thoroughly discussed, vetted and given second reads. WTP team members: Tad Andracki, Edith Campbell, Laura M. Jimenez, Alia Jones, Sujei Lugo, Lyn Miller-Lachmann & Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez

Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity. Just before ALA Annual, St.