Reflecting on Racism & Raíces
A Self-Guided Curriculum
In the setting of increased visibility of social movements aimed at confronting anti-Black racism and police violence, I developed a self-guided podcast-based curriculum for my family members, Black immigrants from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. This curriculum is introductory and by no means comprehensive; it is meant to prompt reflection on the ways in which historical constructions of race in the US manifest in present-day injustices.
The New York Times: 1619
Listen to '1619,' a Podcast From The New York Times
"1619" is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American…
What emotions are raised hearing this history?
Is this history familiar to you? Why do you think much of this history has not made it into most textbooks?
Scene on Radio: Made in America
S2 E3: Made in America
Chattel slavery in the United States, with its distinctive - and strikingly cruel - laws and structures, took shape…
How are the initial constructions of race in the US tied to racism and white privilege today?
Given that the construction of race in the US is largely based on conceptions of whiteness and Blackness, how do non-Black people of color fit into this racial framework?
Code Switch: Black Like Who?
Black Like Who? : Code Switch
It's one of the thorniest questions in any theoretical plan for reparations for black people: Who should get them? On…
What does it mean to be Black? Is it based on ancestry? On skin tone? On identification with the group? Or a combination of multiple things?
How do different Black people experience Blackness differently?
Code Switch: Puerto Rico, Island of Racial Harmony?
Puerto Rico, Island Of Racial Harmony? : Code Switch
Many Puerto Ricans grow up being taught that they're a mixture of three races: black, white and indigenous. But on the…
Latino USA: Afro-Puerto Ricans Fighting to be Visible on the Census
Reporter's Notebook: Afro-Puerto Ricans Fighting To Be Visible On The Census : Latino USA
The 2020 census is underway, which counts everyone living in the U.S. and its five territories including Puerto Rico…
Are Black people from the US and Black people from Latin America different? Why or why not?
How does anti-Blackness (or anti-Negritud) play out in Latin America? What specific instances have you experienced or witnessed?
Throughline: American Police
American Police : Throughline
Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging…
The Daily: The Systems that Protect Police
The Systems That Protect the Police
transcript michael barbaro From The New York Times, I'm Michael Barbaro. This is "The Daily." Today: The Minneapolis…
How do the racist origins of the police play out in policing today? How did white people view slave patrols? How do white people view the police today? How do you view the police?
If the goal is to keep citizens of all races safe, is having police the best way to do this? Can you imagine community programs or workers that might achieve the goal of safety?
Code Switch: A Decade of Watching Black People Die
A Decade Of Watching Black People Die : Code Switch
subscribe to Code Switch podcast subscribe to Code Switch podcast The last few weeks have been filled with devastating…
What are the positive aspects of sharing viral videos of Black victims of police violence? What are the negatives?
Are there differences in how Black people and non-Black people might respond to seeing these videos? Is increased societal awareness of police violence worth repeatedly re-traumatizing Black people?
Today, Explained: The Talk
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How should we talk to children about race and anti-Black racism? Is the responsibility on Black parents, non-Black parents, both, neither?
Should schools have the responsibility to teach these topics? By the time children enter school, is it too late?
Ultimately, what specific and actionable steps will you commit to in order to confront anti-Black racism in your spheres of influence?