Anti-Racist Teaching Resources
Reading list by Ryan Rideau
Bettina Love writes, “Antiracist teaching is not just about acknowledging that racism exists, but consciously committing to the struggle of fighting for racial justice” (p. 54, 2019). This is a lifetime commitment. Antiracist teaching is about fighting for more equitable and just institutions, and policies that support the thriving of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). Below is a list of resources to support you as you begin this work. While not exclusively, this lists intentionally centers the knowledge and voices of BIPOC, most prominently women of color. It does not include many popularly referenced titles featured on many recent anti-racism reading lists in attempt to provide different voices and perspectives. These readings may be difficult for some. To quote, Lori Patton Davis and Chayla Haynes Davison (2020), “If you experience resistance, acknowledge it and keep reading.” The list begins with readings about whiteness, before offering resources on teaching practices.
Examining and Interrogating Whiteness
For White faculty members, the first phase to fulfilling the promise of anti-racist teachings in your course is through the examining whiteness, White identity and White supremacy and the way it impacts your everyday life.
- Anderson, C. (2016). White rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.
- Estrada, F., & Matthews, G. (2016). Perceived culpability in critical multicultural education: Understanding and responding to race informed guilt and shame to further learning outcomes among White American college students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28(3), 314-325.
- Haynes, C & Bazner, K.J. (2019). A message for faculty from the present-day movement for black lives. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education,32:9,1146-1161.
- Leonardo, Z. (2004). The color of supremacy: Beyond the discourse of ‘white privilege’. Educational philosophy and theory, 36(2), 137-152.
- Matias, C. E. (2016). Feeling white: Whiteness, emotionality, and education. Brill Sense.
- Patton, L.D. & Haynes, C. (2020). Dear White People: Reimagining Whiteness In the Struggle for Racial Equity, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52:2, 41-45.
- Young, D. (2020, July 10). Yeah, let’s not talk about race. The New York Times.
The sources here serve as an introductory guide about practices to create an anti-racist classroom. This begins with decolonizing your curriculum, disrupting white supremacy, and centering BIPOC in your courses. These resources discuss ways to do this.
- DeChavez, Y. (2018, October 8). It’s time to decolonize that syllabus. The Los Angeles Times
- Haynes, C. (2017). Dismantling the White supremacy embedded in our classrooms: White faculty in pursuit of more equitable educational outcomes. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(1), 87-107.
- Hooks, B. (2003). Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope (Vol. 36). Psychology Press.
- Hooks, B. (2014). Teaching to transgress. Routledge.
- Jett, C.C. (2013). Culturally responsive collegiate mathematics education: Implications for African-American students. Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning, 3, 102-116.
- Kishimoto, K. (2018) Anti-racist pedagogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom, Race Ethnicity and Education, 21:4, 540-554.
- Kleinrock, E. (2020, June 30). Anti-racist work in schools: Are you in it for the long haul? Teaching Tolerance
- Laboiron, M. (2019, August 10). Decolonizing your syllabus? You might have missed some steps
- Love, B. L. (2019). We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom. Beacon Press.
- McKamey, P. (2020, June 17). What anti-racist teachers do differently. The Atlantic
- McMurtrie, B. (2020, July 2). Interrogating your discipline, and other ways into anti-racist teaching. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Warren-Grace, A. (2019, August). Show don’t tell: Decolonize your classroom, syllabus, rules, and practices. Liberated Genius Blog.
- Tufts Anti-Racism Resources
- A Guide to Coded Language in Education
- Black In The Ivory (twitter)
- Cite Black Women