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Wofford College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) Anti-Racism 101 Teach-In Series Resource List

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The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

An ongoing initiative from the New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. The purpose of the initiative is to contextualize the country’s history by centering the systematic, racist consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans in shaping the country’s narrative. Suggestion: Read and engage with all the materials through the links and then re-watch the Speaking Truth to Power Recording.

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

This article increases the reader’s understanding that racism operates to uphold invisible systems conferring dominance to white people through various specific examples. 

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

The impact that hundreds of years of  systematic oppression has on the everyday lives of Black people in the United States who engage in behavior that white people may take advantage of safely, engaging in every day. Suggestion: After reading, re-watch the Anti-Racist Toolkit and brainstorm some ways you would use your power to de-esclate or directly disrupt the situations Kendi describes in his article. 

It looks like Amy Cooper...Is a Liberal. That's Important

This article demonstrates that even white liberals can be racist and aware of how their status in society can operate to weaponize their words against Black people, in oftentimes dangerous ways. Suggestion: If you were in the scenario described as a witness, think of how you would engage in anti-racist behavior. 

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

Step-by-step instructions on how to effectively create working groups for white people and white skin people to come together to begin the important work of becoming anti-racist through education to thoughtfully and critically engage in engage in whiteness, white privilage, and an apparatus to hold each other accountable. 

'Pandemic within a Pandemic': Coronavirus and Police Brutality Roil Black Communities & Police Brutality as a Public Health Concern | Vox

The results of slavery and resulting racist policies and procedures have created inequities in that allow BIPOC to contract and die from COVID at disproportionate rates. 

“Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?” by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)

This article provides a Q&A format specifically for answering white people’s commonly asked questions as it relates to the Black Lives Matter Movement, including  how to talk to your kids about race, which resources you can call on instead of the police in the event that you become involved in an altercation with a BIPOC, what are some of the risks associated with protesting considering COVID19, and where you can donate.   

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

This article provides specific tasks White people can engage in to advance racial justice. 

Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. Harris

This article discusses racial identity and  specifically examines whiteness as a form of property socially, economically, and politically.

How the US Got So Many Confederate Monuments

A historical analysis of the promulgation of Confederate monuments in the United States 

The Costs of the Confederacy

This article outlines the financial and social costs of the Confederacy on the United States

 

Article that describes the process of creating memorials in Germany, the US and in South America: https://europeanmemories.net/magazine/the-memorials-vernacular-arc-between-berlins-denkmal-and-new-york-citys-911-memorial