Over the last nine years, we have partnered with hundreds of education agencies in work to address racism at the intersection of other oppressions. Many of you have read our publications, looked through our website, joined us in online learning communities and face-to-face for our Equity Leaders Institutes and Summits. You have applied our Equity Fellows policy and practice improvement tools, participated in Girls STEM Institute, shared our resources with your university students, and supported us as we worked to reignite the momentum of the journal Multiple Voices: Race, Disability, and Language Intersections in Special Education. At the same time, as your partners in the deep and constant struggle, we urge you to consider alongside your outrage over the systemic violence against our Black communities (and indeed, our BIPoC+ communities more broadly), that this very same systemic violence occurs in our schools. These are the traumas that must inform any claim of educators' “trauma informed care”: the traumas of suspension, expulsion, tracking, discouragement, silencing, restraining, secluding, segregating, and killing through systems of formal and informal surveillance and policing.
For those who are white (non-disabled, Christian, non-LGBTQIA+, English-only speaking, US born, and otherwise privileged) educators/scholars, we urge you to focus your work on dismantling the racism and ableism, and other oppressions you engage to maintain this systemic trauma for our Youth of Color and intersectionally-marginalized youth, alongside your community of white educators and scholars. Position yourselves as vulnerable and work toward the redistribution of your own power and resources, not the deficit-based fixing of children who are already brilliant and beautiful exactly as they show up in our schools, classrooms, and online spaces each and every day.
For our Black, Indigenous, People of Color+ partners, including families and students, we will continue work to center your experiences, your leadership, your wisdom, your voices, and all other forms of your expression. We will work to create more healing and loving spaces for you in particular as we move forward in the immediate and long-term future.
Great Lakes Equity Center/Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
Zinn Education Project
This guide for teachers utilizes meaningful films to teach children and youth about civil rights movements for historically marginalized groups, as well as other social justice issues.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
This report outlines four recommendations to help legislators, public systems, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community leaders address the many barriers facing children of Color using Nebraska and Wisconsin case studies as examples.
Jamilia J. Blake & Rebecca Epstein
Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality
This report presents the findings from quantitative analysis of a form of gendered racial bias against Black girls--adultification, in which adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers—and a summary of findings from focus groups with Black women and girls across the U.S.
Nathaniel W. Smith
Zinn Education Project
This article explores how a white teacher in a predominantly white school helped students to see their own whiteness, better understand racial issues, and the ways it shapes their lives.
Zinn Education Project
This article examines textbook curriculum and the colonial “whitewashing,” or White-centered erasure, of key history concepts, such as racism, classism, gender discrimination, and imperialism. The author urges a rethinking of traditional textbooks to be more representative, diverse, and inclusive of historically marginalized groups.
This article discusses three ways that teacher educators might prepare white early childhood education students for anti-racist work in their classrooms.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Not Light But Fire
Films and TV series:
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Dear White People
I Am Not Your Negro
If Beale Street Could Talk
King in The Wilderness
See You Yesterday
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Hate U Give
When They See Us
Center Statement on the Violence in Atlanta on 3/16
This morning, we woke up to the sad and angering news of yet another act of racial violence with the mass shooting in Atlanta overnight. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the eight women who were killed, and to the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. Anti-Asian violence has increased in most major cities with the majority of the victims being Asian women. Centers that study hate crimes have indicated a correlation between the violence and the use of racist rhetoric associated with COVID-19 over the past year. Educators committed to anti-racist education can engage in specific actions to combat racism and specifically anti-Asian racism, including bigotry against Asian immigrants and transnational citizens in their schools and local settings by addressing school culture and climate, confronting bullying and harassment, pushing back on the “Model Minority” myth, and engaging in culturally sustaining instructional practices. Lastly, please recognize how this latest mass shooting may affect your Asian students, and also be triggering for your Black, Latinx, and Jewish students, whose communities have also been targets of increased racial violence over the past several years. We hope that the resources below help you to understand more about anti-Asian racism, its impact, and tools for systemic change.
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) is a coalition of API-led community organizations and individuals s that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Community in the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on low income, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged sectors of the population.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice.
Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University furthers the understanding of the histories and cultures of Asian Americans and the various identities and experiences of our communities. Through teaching, community service, and research, the AAS department uses interdisciplinary approaches to address the structural and ideological forces that shape the lives of Asian Americans.
The Coming Man
War Baby/Love Child
Filipinos in San Francisco
Songs of Gold Mountain
Sustaining Faith Traditions in America
History of Okinawans in North America
Imin no Aiwa
The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility
Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life
Auburn’s Joss House
Cambodian American Experiences
Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian American Studies
History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots
Laotians in the San Francisco Bay Area
Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today
Koreans in America
Self-Care for People of Color
Talking to Kids About Racism
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
This Book is Antiracist by Tiffany Jewell
Crossover Series by Kwame Alexander
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
New Kid by Jerry Craft