Teaching Race

Compiled by Dr. Katie Grimes, Theology

The Movement for Black Lives has awakened the conscience of our nation, seeking to end the scourge of anti-black racism.  Heeding their call, in October, a group of Villanova students organized a poignant demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter.  In response to these events, the Institute for Catholic Social Thought’s Faith & Culture Forum has created a “Resource Guide for Teaching About Anti-Black Racism.”   

Mass Incarceration: These resources detail the ways in which the criminal justice system acts as a mechanism of anti-black racism.

Film: The Central Park Five

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, “A System of Racial and Social Control”

Black Lives Matter: These resources describe the effects of anti-black violence on the interpersonal and structural levels.

“Racial Profiling on the Main Line,”

Film: 13th

Church Teaching: Cardinal George’s 2000 pastoral letter is widely recognized as one of the best magisterial documents about racism.  It provides a concise and representative overview of church teaching about the subject.

“Dwell in My Love: A Pastoral Letter on Racism,” Cardinal George of Chicago

Racial Segregation: These resources both prove the existence of residential racial segregation and show how racial segregation is the product not of free choice but of anti-black racism.

Census Maps:

“The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehesi Coates

White Privilege: This is the classic text for discussing white privilege.  It helps students understand, concretely, how white privilege intersects with their lives.

“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh