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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 http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, “A System of Racial and Social Control” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/locked-up-in-america/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,” http://www.phillymag.com/articles/racial-profiling-main-line/

Film: 13th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

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 https://www.archchicago.org/Cardinal/pdf/DwellInMyLove_10thAnniversary.pdf

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: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/08/us/census-race-map.html?_r=0

“The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehesi Coates http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

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 https://www.deanza.edu/faculty/lewisjulie/White%20Priviledge%20Unpacking%20the%20Invisible%20Knapsack.pdf