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Teaching Race

Compiled by Dr. Katie Grimes, Theology

Mass Incarceration: These resources detail how the criminal justice system is a form 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 personal 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 documents about racism. It provides a concise and true overview of church teaching about the subject.

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

Racial Segregation: These resources prove that residential racial segregation exists and show how it is the product not of free choice but of anti-Black racism.

“The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehesi Coates 

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

“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh