Hello! As a history and social studies teacher at a private high school, I help young people understand the evolution of the human consciousness and how to make sense of difficult questions of living in the social world. I help students with the “hard yoga” — the flex-work, strengthening and breathing — of living in world.
Building diverse and inclusive communities, and undoing America’s legacy and racial inequality, will require more than virtue signaling with badges and memes or a selfie at a protest, it will take more passing the collection plate donating to a charity, and it will take more than “listening” and talking about how we listened, and “reading” and talking about what we read. But these are all starts. Allow me to share some of my resources and suggestions with you:
- My Multicultural and Anti-Racist Reading List on Goodreads: These are my personal picks as a social studies teacher and Americanist cultural scholar.
- Anderson, Jill. “Confronting Racism at an Early Age.” Harvard Graduate School of Education, August 28, 2017. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/08/confronting-racism-early-age
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1989) 1.” In On Privilege, Fraudulence, and Teaching As Learning, by Peggy McIntosh, 29–34, 1st ed. Routledge, 2019. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351133791-4.
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center. “50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know” University of Wisconsin, School of Education. Accessed June 18, 2020. https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=42.
And this is just a start! #blacklivesmatter