Anti-Racist Resources 

This is inspired by the thread created by Melinda D. Anderson #CharlottesvilleCurriculum on Twitter in response to the White Supremacist/NAZI rally, violence and murder that took place in Charlottesville.

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Table of Contents

Charlottesville

History of Racism

Race + Education

Having Difficult Conversations in Class/Student Empowerment

Films/Media

Resources for Young Children

Canadian Resources


Charlottesville

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

First Day of School in the neo-Klan Era 

Heart-rending read from a Black father dropping his daughter off at school after rally/murder in Charlottesville

Middle-High School

Kamau Bobb

Fantastic teaching resources to discuss Charlottesville

Padlet with analysis handouts

Middle-High School

Jarred Amato

Article LA Times: How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville

Article providing ideas/tips/resources on how to speak to youth about the violence.

Tips and tools for elementary/high school level

LA Times

Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments 

Article explaining why Robert E. Lee himself thought that Confederate monuments would be damaging to American society

Middle-High School

PBS Newshour

Blog: My Fellow White Americans - Blog

Powerful blog on a woman’s perspective on the White Supremacist/Nazi rally/violence in Charlottesville

Middle school - High School

I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog

Charlottesville Curriculum

Collection of resources on civil rights/social justice, racial profiling & stereotyping and bullying prevention resources

Middle School - High School

Charlottesville Curriculum

There Aren't 'Many Sides' - Article

Article looking at the events that took place in Charlottesville & Trump’s speech about ‘many sides’ & why it is so wrong

Middle School - High School

Globe and Mail

Sarah Kendzior tisle

Confronting White Supremacy: Lessons From a Counter-Rally at the Birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan

Article/Interview one month prior to August rally about Ku Klux Klan and race in Charlottesville

Middle School - High School

Truth Out

Guardian news article:

Woman killed at Charlottesville far-right rally was civil rights activist

News article that identifies Heather Heyer (the young woman killed) and provides some contextual information about her

Middle School - High School

The Guardian - Maev Kennedy

Seven Ways That Teachers Can Respond to the Evils of Charlottesville, Starting Now 

Article/resources on Anti-Racist Education

Teachers/Admin

Xian Franzinger Barrett Alt Net

White nationalist is 'FIRED from his job' as Twitter names and shames far-right thugs at 'Unite the Right' Charlottesville rally that led to protester's death

Article outlining how Twitter is identifying people at the rally.

Middle-High School/Teachers & Admin

John Oliver on Trump's Charlottesville response: 'There's no point waiting for leadership'

Video & article on Trump’s response

Middle-High School/Teachers & Admin

Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence 

Article - Trump finally condemns the NAZIs and white supremacists after extreme public/political pressure

Middle-High School/Teachers & Admin

The Charlottesville Syllabus

A resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to help educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville

Middle-High School/Teachers & Admin

Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation

Democracy can’t be taken for granted. Charlottesville proves that.

Article - tragedy in Charlottesville is a reminder that democracy requires constant commitment.

Middle-High School

Macleans Magazine

David Moscrop i

Teaching Activities for: ‘Man Charged After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Deadly Violence‘

Teaching activities based on a series of NY Times articles about Charlottesville, including a Warm Up activity, questions for the article(s), and a “tell us what you think” section, including a prompt for a response to an Op-Ed by Michael Eric Dyson

Middle and HIgh School

The New York Times Learning Network

Anti-Bias Education in Challenging Times

Article on Anti-Bias education in challenging times

Admin/Teachers

Anti-Bias Education

Why the Charlottesville Marchers Were Obsessed with Jews

Article looking at anti-semitism in the Charlottesville rally

Middle-High School

The Atlantic

Charlottesville: Trump reverts to blaming both sides including ‘violent alt-left’ 

“Donald Trump has once again defended far-right protesters at the Charlottesville rally, saying they were not all neo-Nazis and white supremacists and laying the blame for the violence equally on what he called the “alt-left”.”

Middle-High School

The Guardian

What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa

Outlining the differences between the NAZIs/Alt-Right Movement & Antifa

Middle-High School

The Atlantic

President Donald Trump Full Explosive Press Conference 8/15/17

Video of Trump’s Press Conference

Middle-High School

Politico/YouTube

We Need To Talk About The Anti-Semitism At The Charlottesville Protest

This article looks at how the rally used anti-semitic language/rhetoric against people of the Jewish faith (using language from NAZI Germany). It also discusses the deep roots of anti-semitism in the south

Middle-High School

Lily Herman

Refinery29

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On 

Article about how the Jewish community is coming together in Charlottesville in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally. Response from synagogue president in Charlottesville

Middle-High School

ReformJudaism.org

Alan Zimmerman

What Jewish Children Learned from Charlottesville

“In one single day in Charlottesville, Va., all of that is lost. A generation, and so much more, stolen away. There is the trauma of those assaulted by Nazis on American soil and the tragedy that is Heather Heyer’s murder that belongs to her and her family alone. And then there is what all the rest of us share — the pain and violence and the lessons we draw from them. Because the children who witness a day like that, and a president like this, will not forget the fear and disrespect tailored to the black child, the Muslim child, the Jewish child.”

Middle-High School

New York Times

Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Vice Documentary depicting what took place in Charlottesville

Middle-High School

VICE News

Baltimore Workers Remove Confederate Statues Overnight

Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday

Middle-High School

Toronto Star

Trump is morally bankrupt

Interview explaining why Trump’s statements are so harmful and dangerous to American society.

Middle-High School

YouTube

WATCH: Takiyah Thompson Explains Why She Helped Topple the Confederate Statue in Durham

Takiyah Thompson was arrested on August 15 after helping to topple a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, following the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Middle-High School

Colorlines

Confronting Anti-Semitism

A very powerful and impactful blog post about Anti-Semitism and American history, and how society tends to treat it as something in the past whereas Charlottesville shows that it is still very prevalent in American society.

(Many links to useful resources as well)

Middle-High School

Aliza Werner

Classroom Communities

Resources for Teaching After Charlottesville 

Compilation of lessons/resources on different areas in relation to Charlottesville

Middle-High School

Facing History

History of Racism 

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

Unit Plan from Facing History 17 Lessons for teaching students decision-making in times of injustice

17 Lessons focusing on the Holocaust that look at the roots/causes/impacts of discriminations, prejudice and racism

(can do entire unit or pull certain lessons on their own)

Middle School to High School

Facing History

There are certain moments in US history where confederate monuments go up

CNN article with many useful infographics showing the history of Confederate monuments in the United States.

Middle School to High School

CNN

History of the Ku Klux Klan

In America

Readings/lessons that trace the history of the Ku Klux Klan in America

Middle School to High School

Southern Poverty Law Centre

Choices in Little Rock

Choices in Little Rock  is a teaching unit that focuses on efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957—efforts that resulted in a crisis that historian Taylor Branch once described as "the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.

Middle School to High School

Facing History

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race & Racism - From Ferguson to Charleston

Collection of resources, articles and tips for parents on raising racially conscious children

Age depends on resource used

Citizenship and Social Justice

Whose Heritage?

SPLC Explains why Confederate Monuments are offensive

Middle/High School/Teachers Admin

SPLC

The Lost Cause

While slavery was not the only cause for which the South fought during the Civil War, the testimony of Confederate leaders and their supporters makes it clear that slavery was central to the motivation for secession and war.

High School

James Oliver Horton

Washington University

Chicago Race Riots 1919

The Power of Ordinary People Facing Totalitarianism

Article about insights on the Origins of Totalitarianism

Middle-High School

Moyers & Company

Kathleen B. Jones

Lesson: Not in Our Town 

Lesson plan that tells the story of how Bills, Montana responded to intolerance in their community

Middle-High School

Facing History

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate

Speech from the mayor of New Orleans explaining why Confederate statues are not a benign historical legacy

Middle-High School

One Day Lily

Short story/Google Slide Presentation by Beverly Naidoo

Beverly Naidoo/Heather Marshall

Heather Heyer's Mom Tells White Supremacists: 'You Just Magnified Her'

Heather Heyer’s Mom’s speech

Middle-High School

Huffington Post

Civil Rights Timeline

An interactive timeline (1791-1969) of African Americans’ fight for equality and the racism they faced (including the 1920s KKK march in DC). It includes historical newspapers, photos, newsreels and interviews with journalists who covered the movement in the 1960s.

Middle-High School

NewseumED

Race + Education

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

To Fight Institutional Racism, Teachers Are Going Back To School 

Article looking at the “systematic way our education system has tried to ignore the central role of race and culture”

Teachers/Admin

The Village Voice

10 Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race

(Podcast)

(click here for written transcript version)

Podcast (28 min) on a variety of truths regarding the intersection of race and teaching, specifically for white teachers. Extremely well thought out and articulated. Crafted by a teacher/educator.

Teachers, administrators, ed workers - specifically white folk in those roles

Angela Watson

How to foster humanity as teachers in the wake of Charlottesville

Blog post/strategies on how to build a positive community of empathetic caring students

Teachers, administrators

Facing Today: Facing History & Ourselves

Daniel Braunfeld

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

The seminal text on “white privilege”. Introduced the term and concept to larger audience, and efficiently and effectively clarifies what white privilege is/how it presents itself via 50 first-person examples.

Teachers, students (likely high-school aged), administrators, ed workers

Peggy Mcintosh

(Wellesley College)

13 Brilliant TED Talks On Racism, Colorism And Prejudice

13 Ted Talks that cover a variety of issues intersecting racism, colorism and prejudice

Middle School - High School

TED Talks

Anti-Racism Defined

Brief explanation of what an anti-racist approach to education looks like

All ages

University of Calgary

Seven Ways That Teachers Can Respond to the Evils of Charlottesville, Starting Now 

Article/resources on Anti-Racist Education

Teachers/Admin

Xian Franzinger Barrett Alt Net

Equity in Education: A Transformational Approach

This document was produced to explain why addressing Connecticut’s achievement gaps demands a greater emphasis on race and culture. The document examines the racial achievement gaps; includes data showing racial disparities in student outcomes; discusses why we believe a focus on the intersectionality of race and education is important; proposes potential solutions to eliminate disparities; and describes SERC’s own transformational approach to achieving equity from within.

The State Education Resource Center(SERC) is a quasi-public agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education. SERC provides professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts. www.ctserc.org

http://www.ctserc.org/assets/documents/equity/equity-in-education.pdf

School Climate Resources

The package contains tools, protocols and practical advice for making your school more open and welcoming to all students. Like all of our materials, these resources are FREE to download, print and use in your school

Teachers/Admin

Tolerance.org

Talking Race, Controversy and Trauma 

How to open space for reflection and conversation amid difficult events

Teachers/Admin

Harvard Edu

Hate in the Hallways

Tools for responding to hateful language and graffiti in the hallways

Teachers/Admin

Tolerance.org

Why #BlackLivesMatter in Your Classroom Too  

Article looking at individual, systemic and institutional racism & what teachers can do to support their students

Teachers/Admin

Cornelius Minor

Medium

Heinemann Publishing

White Supremacy Teach In Resources

Resources and tools for explaining white supremacy

Teachers/Admin

MidAmerica Region

Regional Assembly, April 2017

Lessons to teach and learn from ‘Unite the Right’

Tools, resources and strategies for how to talk to students about Charlottesville and the Alt-Right

Teachers/Admin

ADL

Having Difficult Conversations in Class/Student Empowerment 

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

Unconscious Bias Toolkit

A toolkit for facilitated conversations about race, bias, and prejudice so we can listen, lead, and teach toward equality

Teachers/Admin

UnboundEd

Four Guiding Principles in Difficult Conversations

Tools and suggestions on how to have difficult conversations in the classroom

Middle school to high school

Facing History

(Author: Tanya Huelett)

Daily Mail Co UK

Guardian

Guardian

Difficult Conversations

Google Slide Presentation to teach students/discuss how to have difficult conversations

Middle school to high school

Julie Boulton

Teaching Young Children Bias, Diversity and Social Justice

Strategies for talking to children about these issues

Elementary School

Edutopia

(Jinnie Spingler)

From Provocative to Productive: Teaching Controversial Topics

Strategies for creating a respectful yet vibrant environment to have these conversations.

Teachers/Middle and High School

NewseumED

Helping Children Cope With Traumatic Events

Lesson plans/resources to support administrators and teachers on supporting students through crisis

Teachers/Admin

Share My Lesson

The Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations

Four agreements to practice when having difficult conversations.

All ages/Teachers/Admin

Adapted from Glenn E. Singleton & Curtis Linton, Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools. 2006. pp.58-65. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Comic about the backfire effect (why we resist emotionally challenging ideas)

Comic explaining why we can have a visceral reaction to certain topics.

Middle school and up

Oatmeal Comics

Teacher Resources

Resources to assist with discussions about racism in the Classroom

Teachers

React to Racism

Save Your VI

Information and resources on Title VI and students’ right to education free from racial harassment and discrimination

Students of all ages/parents and caregivers/educators

Save Your VI

How America Spreads the Disease that is Racism by not confronting racist family members and friends

Article explaining how racism is like a mental illness deeply embedded in American culture

Middle-High School

April Harter, LCSW

The Medium

Films/Media

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

Documentary: I'm Not Racist Am I?

Copied from film’s description: I’m Not Racist… Am I? is a feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. 12 teenagers from New York City to come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members.

Middle-High School

http://www.notracistmovie.com/about-the-film/

Documentary: The Skin We're In

Documentary investigating and depicting racism within Canada.

Middle-High School

http://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/the-skin-were-in

Digital Content: Exploring American Identity through Art

Art Appreciation and American Identity digital content (can be used in fully online or blended classroom settings). Topics include:

  • How are political conflicts portrayed in the arts?
  • How have artists used their works to address social issues?
  • What does it mean to be an American?

Register for free Online PD to use digital content

Webinar on Crystal Bridges Digital Content with National Art Education Association (NAEA) Aug. 16 at 7 PM ET

Grade 7 to adult learners

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Online Learning

The Critical Media Project 

Shared media artefacts that explore the politics of identity

Middle to High School

The Critical Media Project

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students

To help teachers make the most of these films, we also provide a grab-bag of teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

Middle and High School

The New York Times Learning Network

Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Vice Documentary depicting what took place in Charlottesville

Middle-High School

VICE News

America’s Far White: Hate Thy Neighbour

Vice Documentary

High School

VICE News

Resources for Young Children 

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

60+ Resources for Talking to Kids about Racism

Resources, lessons, articles for teaching young children

2-12

Bounceback Parenting

Anti-Racism Activities

Lesson ideas/classroom activities

3-12

Racism No Way

14 Children’s Picture Books Exploring Race and Racism

List and description of children’s picture books

2-12

Institute for Humane Education 

Books that explore the Refugee Experiences

Nine books for students of different ages conveying experiences of refugees

3-12

Edutopia

Author/Illustrator Grace Lin speaks about how to approach children’s books with racist content.

Exceptional tips for teachers and a good resource to forward to parents.

Grade 2-8

PBS Newshour via School Library Journal 100scopenotes.com

Canadian Resources

Type of Resource

Notes

Audience

From

Antiracism Resources

A collection of Antiracism resource by the BCTF

All ages

BCTF

Francis Pegahmagabow 

Brief overview of First Nations sniper

Middle-High School

CBC

Black History Canada 

An annotated guide/resources  to Black Canadian History

All ages (depending on resource that you use)

Historica Canada

Residential Schools

Google slides lesson plan on Residential schools

Middle-High School

Julie Boulton

Veteran Stories

Stories of the military service of Chinese Canadians in WWII (often overlooked)

All Ages

Veteran Stories

Viola Desmond/Africville

Google Slide Presentation

Middle-High School

Rachele La Neve/Julie Boulton

AntiSemitism in Canada

Canadian Encyclopedia Article

Early elementary-High School

Canadian Encyclopedia

Brief History of Anti-Semitism in Canada

Teaching Guide

Middle-High School

Simon Wiesenthal Centre

US War Department Anti-Fascist PSA (from 1943)

YouTube Video

Middle-High

NGOs tell UN panel Canada is failing on ending racism

News article about Canada’s failure with racism

Middle-High School

Toronto Star

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada

Free ebook of lesson plans & resources or you can purchase book

Middle-High School

Facing History Canada

Secret Path Lesson Plans 

Lesson plans for teaching about residential schools through the use of the Secret Path

Early elementary-High School

Manitoba Teachers Association

Janaya Khan: “Don’t Kid Yourself, White Nationalism Is on the Rise in Canada Too”

Article detailing the rise of White Nationalism in Canada

Middle-High School

Janaya Khan

Flare Magazine

U of T says no ‘nationalist rally’ to be hosted on campus, not ruling out possibility

U of T says that no rally is permitted on their campus for now & discussion of alt-right groups in Canada who view multiculturalism as a destructive force

Middle-High School

Shanifa Nassar

CBC News

Black History Matters Resource 

“Collection of resources to  help educators and students to gain knowledge about the history and contributions of African civilizations and people of African descent in Canada while using media literacy skills as a vehicle to explore various aspects of Black history.”

Middle School to High School

Natasha Henry

Toronto Star Classroom Connection

Pearl Harbor & Japanese Internment

Google slides presentation

Middle School to High School

Julie Boulton/Rachele La Neve

Quebec City mosque attack suspect known as online troll inspired by French far-right

Article about Alexandre’s Bissonnette’s interest and devotion to the far right

Middle School to High School

Les Pereraux & Alex Andrew-Gee

The Globe and Mail

The Rebel’s Steady Spiral Downwards

Article about  the Rebel’s support of the white supremacists at the rally/murder in Charlottesville

Middle School to High School

Jason Markusoff

Macleans Magazine

Extremism does not stop at the U.S. Canada Border

Article looking the rise of Canada’s alt-right extremist/white supremacist movement

Middle School to High School

The Globe and Mail

The Controversy over John A MacDonald