ACLS Resources: Interrogating the Legacies of Racism in our Society

06/12/2020

So many of us are continuing to process the anger and grief of the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others as a result of police violence and a history of institutional racism in America.

ACLS and many learned societies have issued statements condemning racism, calling for justice, and declaring solidarity with the anti-racism movement. At the same time, we recognize the need to take steps beyond rhetoric and demonstrate a commitment to building and amplifying the world we wish to see.

Humanities research lays bare the long history of violence and oppression in the United States as well as the systemic factors that impede our progress toward equity. The following list represents existing readings, research, curricula, published works, and other resources shared by fellows and other members of the ACLS community that can help in education and reflection on where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go regarding race and our society. We share these as a means of empowering each other toward elevating the discourse on race, police brutality, and human dignity, as we grapple with the grim and violent expressions of white supremacy in our country and culture and how best to approach change.

If you are a fellow and members of the ACLS community with a favorite resource – yours or another’s – that interrogates the legacies of racism in our society, please share it with us.

Race in America Resource List

ANTI-RACISM
“Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism” web series.
Hosted by Simran Jeet Singh F’18
 
RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITIES
“WORLD: we got this” podcast - Racism is a Health Risk episode.
Conversation between Anne Pollock F’19 & Dr. Melissa Creary
 
RACE & MEDIEVAL STUDIES
“The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of COVID-19” recorded webinar.
Hosted by the Medieval Academy of America; Sent by Lisa Fagin Davis - The Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America
 
“Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography”
Sent by Lisa Fagin Davis - The Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America
 
“Featured lesson resource page: Race, Racism and the Middle Ages”
Sent by Lisa Fagin Davis - The Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America
 
“The Public Medievalist: Special Series: Race, Racism and the Middle Ages”
Sent by Lisa Fagin Davis - The Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America
 
“The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of COVID-19” webinar bibliography.
Hosted by the Medieval Academy of America; Sent by Lisa Fagin Davis - The Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America
 
Online course on Medieval Africa and Africans for K-12 Educators in January/February 2021
Developed by the Medieval Academy of America and the National Humanities Center
 
RACE IN AMERICA, MULTI-RACIAL SOLIDARITY
“Opinion: Demands of justice for George Floyd echo Wisconsin’s long history of black and brown protests” 
Written by Antonio Ramirez F’19
 
“Racism and Inequality: Protesting for a Better, Truer US”
Written by Rashmi Sadana F’19
 
RACIAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Book: The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice
Written by Derrick Darby F’15 & John L. Rury F’15
 
RACE IN AMERICA, SEGREGATION
"'The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s"
Written by Frances M. Clarke F’14 & Rebecca Jo Plant F’14
 
RACE IN AMERICA, BLACK AMERICA & TRAVELING
Book: Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
Written by Candacy A. Taylor F’16
 
BLACK READING LIST
"Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List"
Sent by Candacy A. Taylor F’16
 
RACE IN AMERICA, RACIAL INDIVIDUALISM ​
Book: From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America 
Written by Leah N. Gordon F’15
 
RACE IN AMERICA/SYSTEMIC RACISM ​
Book Review: “Caste, Class, and Race" @70 
Written by Leah N. Gordon F’15
 
BLACK & LQBTQ+ EXPERIENCE​ ​
“Black. Queer. Southern. Woman.” 
Conversation between E. Patrick Johnson of Northwestern and Sharon Bridgforth   
 
RACE IN AMERICA, BLACK LIVES MATTER​ ​
Opinion: “Black autonomy and lessons from the Black Power struggle” 
Written by Mohammed Elnaiem & Mehmet Dosemeci F’20
 
LINGUISTICS AND RACE​ ​
“Linguistics and race: An interdisciplinary approach towards an LSA statement on race”
Sent by Alyson Reed, Executive Director of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
 
LSA STATEMENT WITH RESOURCES​ ​
“LSA Issues Statement on Racial Justice”
Sent by Alyson Reed, Executive Director of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
 
RACE IN BIBLICAL STUDIES​ ​
Book: Yet with a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation
Edited by Randall C. Bailey, Professor Emeritus Interdenominational Theological Center
 
Book: They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism
Edited by Randall C. Bailey, Professor Emeritus Interdenominational Theological Center; Tat-Siong Benny Liew, 1956 Chair in New Testament Studies at College of the Holy Cross; and Fernando F. Segovia, Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University
 
Book: The Tyranny of Resolution: 1 Corinthians 7:17–24
Written by Brad Ronnell Braxton, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at St. Luke’s School and the Curator for Living Religions in Twenty-First-Century America at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
 
Book: Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse
Edited by Gay L. Byron, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Howard University School of Divinity; and Vanessa Lovelace, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean, and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary
 
Book: Interpretation for Liberation
Edited by Katie Geneva Cannon and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School
 
Book: Scripturalizing Revelation: An African American Postcolonial Reading of Empire
Written by Lynne St. Clair Darden
 
CRITICAL RACE STUDIES
Book: Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain
Written by John K. Moore, Jr., PhD F’16
 
RACE IN AMERICA, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Indigenous Studies Resource Page
Compiled by American Council of Learned Societies