For adults and hs students

Here are some suggested readings and podcast for adults and high school students:

 book cover just mercy
JUST MERCY
by Bryan Stephenson
"A powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people they represent, and the importance of confronting injustice, Just Mercy is a bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson that has been adapted into a feature film." 

Film is currently available at https://www.facebook.com/100000043602089/posts/3449933028351450/?d=n
 book cover hate you give
THE HATE U GIVE
by Angie THomas
"This novel, Thomas's debut novel, is expanded from a short story she wrote in college in reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant. The book is narrated by Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite private school in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. Starr becomes entangled in a national news story after she witnesses a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend, Khalil. She speaks up about the shooting in increasingly public ways, and social tensions culminate in a riot after a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer for the shooting. It is also a motion picture (2018)."

A discussion guide can be found here. 
 book cover all american boys
ALL AMERICAN BOYS
by 
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
"Critically acclaimed authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely joined forces to write an explosive novel, ALL AMERICAN BOYS, inspired by  controversial events and the national firestorm over police brutality."  This novel was published in 2015. 
 
DEAR MARTIN
by Nic Stone
"Justyce is an African American teen caught between two worlds. He knows that the education he's receiving at a private school will grant him more economic opportunities, however he begins to question the effects his private school education on his own identity. Some of his classmates believe that the racial pendulum has swung too far, giving African Americans an unfair advantage over their white counterparts. The kids he grew up with believe Justyce has assimilated too much and has forgotten where he came from. He questions his blackness, his relationship with his biracial girlfriend, and his attraction to his white debate partner Sarah Jane. Through a series of journal entries, Justyce attempts to figure out his place in the world by exploring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. A violent altercation between a retired white police officer and his best friend causes Justyce to examine what it means to be an African American male in 2017."

Discussion questions can be found here.
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WHITE FRAGILITY
by Robin Diangelo

"White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress.  Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice."

A discussion guide can be found here. 

 
 
   









 


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