An introductory guide to anti-racism resources for the classroom

compiled by Prof. Kel R. Karpinski

The following and resources are meant to be used by faculty as potential resources for their syllabi to begin discussions on anti-racism and anti-oppression either with the broader more general readings or with the more specific subject-oriented resources we have begun to collect for different subject areas/disciplines (see below).

This is a working document meant to be a starting point for these resources. Please check back frequently and comment or email us (DICE.Subcommittee@gmail.com) if you have anything to add! We welcome your insights, critiques, and suggestions!

Please note: all of these readings included could be beneficial to someone in any subject area, but these have been organized by those subject areas for ease of use of this guide. Some of these resources are repeated under different subject areas if they fit multiple subjects.

General Readings
Readings for Agriculture and Natural Resources
Readings for Arts & Letters
Readings for Business
Readings for Communication Arts and Sciences
Readings for Education
Readings for Engineering
Readings for Law
Readings for Medicine and Health Sciences
Readings for Music
Readings for Natural Sciences
Readings for Social Sciences

General Readings

Online articles:

Decolonial School Resources
https://portal.cca.edu/thriving/decolonial-school/decolonial-school-resources/

Anti-oppression Facilitation zine
https://equitableeducation.ca/2014/anti-oppression-facilitation

Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgement for Cultural Institutions
http://landacknowledgements.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Acknowledgement-Guide-finalfinal.pdf

Claudia Rankine on the Uneasy Conversations Between ‘Just Us”
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/03/942488799/claudia-rankine-on-the-uneasy-conversations-between-just-us

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship
https://twitter.com/mireillecharper/status/1266335563197501440

13 Scholars Shedding Light on the Roots of Racial Injustice at the Graduate Center
https://www.gc.cuny.edu/News/All-News/Detail?id=55062

Standing United Project
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ltJmjs20m1rQGXPesYRi7zLq35mgWELQO8oFOrD1UlM/edit#slide=id.gc0d8ac0a20_0_4

Fighting Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for Libraries
https://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=20885

NYC Stop Asian Hate Toolkit
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/community/stop-asian-hate.page

Archive of Queer Brown Feelings
https://www.saada.org/qbf

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus – UNC
https://library.unc.edu/2021/08/21-day-racial-equity-challenge-syllabus/

To Be Young, American and Muslim After 9/11 (The New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/09/10/opinion/sept-11-muslim-americans.html?searchResultPosition=7

Antiracism Daily
https://www.the-ard.com/about 

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant – Jose Antonio Vargas
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html

A Loving Chastisement for America – Caroline Randall Williams
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/opinion/sunday/trump-america-racism.html

Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-minneapolis.html

We Should Be Afraid, But Not of Protesters – Melvin Rogers
http://bostonreview.net/race/melvin-rogers-we-should-be-afraid-not-protesters

Violence in Minneapolis is rooted in the history of racist policing in America – Keisha N. Blain
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/05/30/violence-minneapolis-is-rooted-history-racist-policing-america/

The Double Standard of the American Riot – Kellie Carter Jackson
https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/06/riots-are-american-way-george-floyd-protests/612466/

The Minneapolis Uprising in Context – Elizabeth Hinton
http://bostonreview.net/race/elizabeth-hinton-minneapolis-uprising-context

By Remembering Our Sisters, We Challenge Police Violence Against Black Women and Legacies that Eclipse these Injustices – Kali Nicole Gross
http://abwh.org/2020/05/31/by-remembering-our-sisters-we-challenge-police-violence-against-black-women-and-legacies-that-eclipse-these-injustices/

Black Lives Matter: A playlist of powerful StoryCorps interviews
https://blog.ted.com/black-lives-matter-storycorps-interviews/

George Floyd’s Murder Shows Once More That We Cannot Wait For White America to End Racism – Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
https://time.com/5844645/george-floyds-shows-we-cannot-wait-end-racism/

Black Trans Lives Must Be Front and Center – Kali Holloway
https://www.thenation.com/article/society/black-transgender-policing-violence/

America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us – Adam Serwer
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/americas-racial-contract-showing/611389/

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? – Ibram X. Kendi
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/ahmaud-arbery/611539/

Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest? – Courtney Martin
https://thebolditalic.com/where-do-i-donate-why-is-the-uprising-violent-should-i-go-protest-5cefeac37ef9

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Peggy McIntosh
http://convention.myacpa.org/houston2018/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/UnpackingTheKnapsack.pdf

My Mother’s Dreams for Her Son, and All Black Children – Hilton Als
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/my-mothers-dreams-for-her-son-and-all-black-children

A Report from Occupied Territory – James Baldwin
https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/report-occupied-territory/

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action*- Audre Lorde
https://electricliterature.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/silenceintoaction.pdf

Donald Trump Is the First White President – Ta-Nehisis Coates
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/

Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” – Teju Cole
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/black-body-re-reading-james-baldwins-stranger-village

Scholarly Articles:

Racial gaslighting – Angelique M. Davis & Rose Ernst
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21565503.2017.1403934?src=recsys

Videos:

Power Privilege and Oppression (University of Denver Graduate school of social work)
https://youtu.be/LTDikx-maoM

Implicit Bias Training Video from ALA – Office of Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m1e2hcnuyu51zd1/AACxvUjHq1M-POjzro1poLqra

Uncovering Privilege and Addressing Microaggressions from ALA – Office of Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m1e2hcnuyu51zd1/AAB-qSzCnK1qTNmM0F0qaR_ma

Books:

Implicit Bias: An Educator’s Guide to the Language of Microaggressions -Theresa M Bouley and Anni K Reinking
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/11ur595/cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9781475855890

The Fire Next Time – Baldwin, James
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990062092790106136

Citizen : an American lyric – Claudia Rankine
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990081449290106136

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – ed. Ward, Jesmyn
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990086964400106136

I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street – Matt Taibbi
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma991022560199706121

They can’t kill us all : the story of the struggle for Black lives – Wesley Lowery
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991001310329706121

So you want to talk about race  – Ijeoma Oluo
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990092809190106136

How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance – Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991008444359706121

Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor – Layla F Saad and Robin J DiAngelo
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991010054639706121

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race – Eddo-Lodge, Reni
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma991023512589706121

Killing Rage: Ending Racism – hooks, bell
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991005983299706121

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation  – Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990088309280106136

When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991023333849706121

Readings for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Online Articles:

Expanding the Narrative of Epidemics: Reflecting on the Early Impact of HIV/AIDS within the South Asian American Community – Nikhil D. Patil
https://www.saada.org/tides/article/expanding-the-narrative-of-epidemics

Black Birding Is About Hope – Kathleen Hou
https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/interview-corina-newsome-co-organizer-of-black-birders-week.html

Pleasure Gardening with Tourmaline from the Museum of Modern Art
https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/576

Readings for Arts & Letters

Online articles:

BIPOC Art & Design Resource site
https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/bipoc-artdesign/

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument – Caroline Randall Williams
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

Nick Cave Is the Most Joyful, and Critical, Artist in America – Megan O’Grady
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/15/t-magazine/nick-cave-artist.html

The Intersectionality Wars – Jane Coaston
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination

The Harlem Renaissance was as Queer as it was Black – Gabrielle Noel
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/harlem-renaissance-queer-black

The Combahee River Collective Statement
http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html

Online resources:

Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative
https://gahtc.org/pages/about-gahtc

Books:

Poor Queer Studies – Matt Brim
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990094090480106136

Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students: Tools for Inclusive Campus Practice –
Cindy Ann Kilgo
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1ue9q0j/cdi_proquest_ebookcentral_EBC6376209

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches  – Lorde, Audre
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma991015715729706121

Intersectionality – Patricia Hill Collins
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990092675690106136

The Reflective Workbook for Teachers and Support Staff of Trans and Non-Binary Students: Your School’s Transition as Your Students Transition – DM Maynard
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1ue9q0j/cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9781787752184

Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory – Patricia Hill Collins
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990093739880106136

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – Cherríe Moraga
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990092675530106136

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective – ed Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma9994348989306136

Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990093828180106136

Disidentifications : queers of color and the performance of politics – Muñoz, José Esteban,
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1a8849m/alma990078298710106136

The Everyday Makings of Heteronormativity: Cross-Cultural Explorations of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality – Sertaç Sehlikoglu et al.
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/11ur595/cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9781793601254

An Education in Sexuality and Sociality: Heteronormativity on Campus – Frank G Karioris, Chris Haywood and Jonathan A Allan
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/11ur595/cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9781498580854

Affirming LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education – David P. Rivera, Roberto L. Abreu, and Kirsten A. Gonzalez
https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/affirming-lgbtq-students-higher-education

Film lists:

A comprehensive list of black films and tv shows that aren’t made with educational purposes because black people exist beyond having to educate people on the racism that we didn’t create – Mary Claire Steven
https://medium.com/@maryclairesteven/a-comprehensive-list-of-black-films-and-tv-shows-that-arent-made-with-educational-purposes-76ff0aec96fc

100 Queer Characters of Color Who Show Why Hollywood Should — and Must — Diversify – Manuel Betancourt
https://www.mic.com/articles/122716/100-lgbtq-characters-of-color

Books:

Black on both sides : a racial history of trans identity – Snorton, C. Riley
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990092508810106136

Readings for Business

Online articles:

The Particular Culture Shock of a New York City Corporate Office (The Lily)
https://www.thelily.com/the-particular-culture-shock-of-a-new-york-city-corporate-office/

The System Is Designed For White Wealth – Tax Expert Dorothy Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky1l2slZqMc

The Case for Reparations – Ta-Nehisi Coates
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631

Readings for Communication Arts and Sciences

Readings for Education

Online articles:

The University of Pittsburgh is requiring all students to take a 1 credit course on anti-black racism
https://www.provost.pitt.edu/anti-black-racism-history-ideology-and-resistance-final-course-syllabus 

The Hidden Price of an Education: Black and Working-Class in Academe – Salita Seibert
https://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2020/08/17/the-hidden-price-of-an-education-black-and-working-class-in-academe/

Race on Campus: BIPOC, Minority, or People of Color? -Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez from Chronicle of Higher Education
https://www.chronicle.com/newsletter/race-on-campus/2021-06-08

Books:

Unequal city : race, schools, and perceptions of injustice – Carla Shedd
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991002387999706121

Readings for Engineering

Online articles:

Defund Facial Recognition – Malkia Devich-Cyril
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/defund-facial-recognition/613771/

Videos & Films:

Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression – Safiya Noble
https://ais.berkeley.edu/file/309

Coded Bias (available on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81328723) – trailer here:
https://youtu.be/jZl55PsfZJQ 

Books:

Cyber racism : white supremacy online and the new attack on civil rights – Jessie Daniels
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/11ur595/cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9780742565258

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism -Safiya Umoja Noble
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/11ur595/cdi_proquest_ebookcentral_EBC4834260

Readings for Law

Readings for Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Online articles:

I Was Pregnant and in Crisis. All the Doctors and Nurses Saw Was an Incompetent Black Woman – Tressie McMillan Cottom
https://time.com/5494404/tressie-mcmillan-cottom-thick-pregnancy-competent/

Expanding the Narrative of Epidemics: Reflecting on the Early Impact of HIV/AIDS within the South Asian American Community – Nikhil D. Patil
https://www.saada.org/tides/article/expanding-the-narrative-of-epidemics

Readings for Music

Readings for Natural Sciences

Online articles:

Pleasure Gardening with Tourmaline from the Museum of Modern Art
https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/576

Red Line Archive
http://www.redlinearchive.net/

Scholarly articles:

Recruit and retain a diverse workforce -Brea A. Manuel & Diane B. Karloff in Nature Reviews Chemistry
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41570-020-0214-z?s=03

Readings for Social Sciences

Online articles:

The Intersectionality Wars – Jane Coaston
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument – Caroline Randall Williams
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

Historicizing Black Resistance in the U.S. Guide – American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning
https://ashp.cuny.edu/historicizing-black-resistance-us

The Intersectionality Wars – Jane Coaston
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination

The Case for Reparations – Ta-Nehisi Coates
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

The Harlem Renaissance was as Queer as it was Black – Gabrielle Noel
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/harlem-renaissance-queer-black

Notes Toward a Prehistory: How Black and brown lives intersected in early 20th-century America – Gaiutra Bahadur
https://www.saada.org/tides/article/notes-toward-a-prehistory

I’m From Philly. 30 Years Later, I’m Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing – Gene Demby
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/05/13/406243272/im-from-philly-30-years-later-im-still-trying-to-make-sense-of-the-move-bombing

Many Thousands Gone – James Baldwin
http://faculty.gordonstate.edu/lsanders-senu/Many%20Thousand%20Gone%20by%20James%20Baldwin.pdf

Letter from a Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr
https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Labor and Academe in the Time of COVID-19
https://connect.chronicle.com/CHE-CS-WC-2020-LaborandAcademe_LandingPage.html?s=03

On Adam Toledo As a Child – Yasmin Nair
https://yasminnair.com/on-adam-toledo-as-a-child/

Juneteenth and Women’s History – New-York Historical Society
https://womenatthecenter.nyhistory.org/juneteenth-and-womens-history/

Pleasure Gardening with Tourmaline from the Museum of Modern Art
https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/576

Red Line Archive
http://www.redlinearchive.net/

Podcasts:

Anything for Selena Podcast – Maria Garcia (looks at Selena’s legacy through the lens of race, immigration, language, the border, etc)
https://www.wbur.org/podcasts/anythingforselena

Scholarly articles:

The public’s dilemma: race and political evaluations of police killings – Ethan V. Porter, Thomas Wood & Cathy Cohen
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/10.1080/21565503.2018.1528162?utm_source=CPB&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JPF15066&

Books:

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991028005075506121

Fight the power : African Americans and the long history of police brutality in New York City – Clarence Taylor
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991024226969706121

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma991001511899706121

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991019369879706121

Black mirror : the cultural contradictions of American racism – Eric Lott
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991023290899706121

Locking up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America – Forman, James
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991024148819706121

Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990093828180106136

Are Prisons Obsolete? – Angela Y. Davis
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma991023525499706121

Women, Race and Class – Angela Y Davis
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990092675530106136

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement – Davis, Angela Y., and Frank Barat
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990092705350106136

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches  – Lorde, Audre
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma991015715729706121

Intersectionality – Patricia Hill Collins
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990092675690106136

Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory – Patricia Hill Collins
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma990093739880106136

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – Cherríe Moraga
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1q5r6t6/alma990092675530106136

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective – ed Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/8emd6c/alma9994348989306136

The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
https://cuny-ny.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUNY_NY/1a8849m/alma990036487660106136