Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of history, by Eliott C. McLaughlin
The driving forces of history — be they racism, sexism, classism or the like — need to be discussed in classrooms, where scholars can rigorously suss out fact and fiction. In reconsidering the role of race and racism in American history, that’s what students of critical race theory aim to do.
Now That Your Kids Are Home, Teach Them Black History They Won’t Learn In The American Educational System, by Jason Williams
Not a curriculum as such, but a look at a Black perspective on public school curricula.
National Museum of African American History and Culture “Talking About Race” Web Portal
“Since opening the museum, the number one question we are asked is how to talk about race, especially with children. We recognize how difficult it is to start that conversation. But in a nation still struggling with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacy, we must have these tough conversations if we have any hope of turning the page and healing. This new portal is a step in that direction.”
— Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
ARRAY 101 is the work of filmmaker Ava DuVernay. This learning companion has been developed to deepen the conversation and inspire personal action after viewing her Netflix documentary series about New York’s Exonerated Five, When They See Us.
Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides free resources to educators — teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners — who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Their anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. This includes Teaching Hard History, a slavery curriculum for grades K-5.
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project
Topical lists of books, arranged by age group from kindergarten through adult, recommended for the classroom and as background reading for parents and teachers on the history of race and resistance in the United States, and other topics. Try their collections on Civil Rights, Black History, Reconstruction, and Slavery, Resistance, and Reparations.
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus, is a collection of articles published over the course of JSTOR Daily’s five years. They will be updating this page with more stories and are working to acquire a reading list about institutionalized racism in the near future. This follows JSTOR Daily‘s earlier Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America by Catherine Halley.
How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: ‘Speak Up When It’s Hard’, by Francie Diep
How academe can meet the most pressing problems of the moment: the disproportionate toll that Covid-19 is taking on black and Latina/o Americans, as well as harsh policing in black and brown communities. She offered recommendations for college leaders on how to respond to racial bias on and off campus.