Anti-racist pedagogy and scholarship on race and racism

The global uprising against anti-Blackness, racism, and white supremacy following the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd not 10 miles from Macalester requires (once again) that colleges and universities, including Macalester, reckon with our past, be honest about our present, and offer more than words and promises for our future. This is a critical opportunity to engage in anti-racist pedagogy, understand the ways in which white supremacy operates both within and beyond higher education, and engage with the extensive scholarship on race and racism (including, but of course not limited to, the fine work of some of our Macalester colleagues). In addition to the resources on this page, please also consult the equity and inclusivity page on the Responsive Teaching and Learning website.

Anti-racist pedagogy

Pedagogical strategies to acknowledge and discuss institutional legacies of racism (Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, June 2020)

Eight actions to reduce racism in college classrooms (Shaun Harper & Charles Davis III, 2016)

Becoming an anti-racist educator (Wheaton College Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning)

Anti-racist pedagogy: From faculty self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom (Kyoko Kishimoto, 2016)

Indigenous Pedagogy Resources (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

What anti-racist teachers do differently (a K-12 focused piece in the Atlantic by Pirette McKamey; very relevant to higher ed, too)

Teaching to Transgress (bell hooks, 1994)

Anti-racist educator questionnaire and rubric

Anti-racist pedagogy resources (an extensive collection of resources, original list compiled by Corine Tachtiris, UMass Amherst)

Race and Pedagogy Journal · University of Puget Sound

Anti-racist writing pedagogy

Beyond Just: Toward an Antiracist Writing Pedagogy at Macalester (Jake Mohan, August 2020)

Ten Ways to Tackle Linguistic Bias in our Classrooms (Catherine Savini, Inside Higher Ed, January 2021)

How Do We Language So People Stop Killing Each Other, Or What Do We Do About White Language Supremacy? (Asao B. Inoue, 2019)

Vershawn Young: Code Meshing (brief introductory video); see also Young’s piece “Should Writers Use Their Own English?” (Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies Vol 12, Issue 1, Article 10, 2010)

Jamila Lyiscott (two videos)

Teaching about race and racism

Confronting anti-Blackness and white supremacy in higher education and beyond

How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion

The Culture Of The Smug White Liberal

Pedagogies of Belonging (Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University)

Race Matters  (David J. Asai, 2020; a commentary about why students of color leave science at high rates and why it’s important to change the culture of science)

A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead

White supremacy culture: Characteristics and antidotes (From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001)

Performing Whiteness (Sarah Bellamy)

We Demand: Student Protest and University Response (Roderick Ferguson)

Resources on racism and anti-racism

Antiracist Resources for your 2020-2021 Teaching – Resources compiled by the MLA, June 2020

Institutionalized racism: A syllabus (JSTOR)

Shareable anti-racism resources (an anti-racist resource guide “crafted amidst the anger of the latest black body turned hashtag #AhmaudArbery”)

Black Light – A Curriculum for the Free

Structural Racism & Police Violence — SAGE Publishing

Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Ruth Wilson Gilmore on “COVID19, Decarceration, and Abolition” with Haymarket Press

PBS Race: The Power of an Illusion (an old site but still excellent and accessible)

Verso Books Reading List on Abolition and Black Struggle

Collections of resources on white supremacy