A shortlist of texts for educators to consider using on their way to being anti-racist. Compiled by Dr. Aretina R. Hamilton

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The Basics

Art by Kara Walker

Race Names and Racial Categories

About the Racial Equity Tools Glossary (Frequently Used Terms)

A History: The Construction of Race and Racism

Essays to Read

The Geography of Despair (or All These Rubber Bullets) by Aretina Hamilton

The Killing Fields by Aretina Hamilton

Doing Right by Black People — and Not Just When It’s Convenient

The Victimization of Black Girls In School Settings

How White People Got Made by Quinn Norton

When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus

What Students Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests by the Learning Network

Kids need to talk about George Floyd, protests and racism. With coronavirus school closures, it’s hard to do by Erin Richards

A Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehesi Coates

Listen: How Racism Kills Black Americans

Cheap White Whine: Racism, Affirmative Action, and the Myth of White Victimhood by Tim Wise

Books to Read

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism by Derrick Bell

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin Kruse

Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890–1940
by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy a Degruy

What to Watch

HBO’s Lovecraft Country

Boston Teens Speak Out About Racism

The Anti-Racism Experiment That Transformed an Oprah Show Audience | Where Are They Now | OWN

Microaggressions in the Classroom

There’s something spreading faster than the coronavirus…racism | USA TODAY

How Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School | NYT Opinion

A Conversation With White People On Race | Op-Docs | The New York Times

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs

A Conversation About Growing Up Black | Op-Docs | The New York Times

A Conversation With Latinos on Race | Op-Docs

A Conversation With Black Women on Race | Op-Docs

Being A White Student At A 99% Black School In A Segregated Town In America

Racism in America Small Town 1950s Case Study Documentary Film

Black Middle Class — Conversations from Penn State

Dr. Aretina Rochelle Hamilton is the inaugural Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Dr. Hamilton’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is grounded in her background as a scholar, diversity practitioner, and consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kentucky State University, a Masters in Urban Affairs and Policy from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky. She is a super fan of Prince and Beyonce and loves the Games of Thrones,The Wire, and Lovecraft Country.

Cultural Geographer, Pop Cultural Enthusiast, Curator of Socially Conscious Minds