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Educating Ourselves about Whiteness and Anti-Black Racism

Resources to critically examine whiteness and anti-Black racism and take action as anti-racists

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Trevor shares his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd, the protests in Minneapolis, the dominos of racial injustice and police brutality, and how the contract between society and black Americans has been broken time and time again. 

Broadcast May 29, 2020

Democracy and the Legacy of Racism: Ibram X. Kendi & Chenjerai Kumanyika in Conversation

How has the development of American democracy accepted and even relied on the reality of American racism? Is it possible for American democracy to move beyond what feels like an insurmountable racial division and acrimony? Humanities New York and the Buffalo Humanities Festival explored these questions and more with Ibram X. Kendi & Chenjerai Kumanyika on September 19th, 2019.


History and the American Imagination: Claudia Rankine & Sarah Blake

Humanities New York first annual public conversation featuring Claudia Rankine and Sarah Blake.  In which ways has American history has so deeply informed our society and culture? Why do some Americans’ memories reflect a different history. Moderated by HNY board member Deva Woodly.

Posted Oct 16, 2019

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, "American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin" at Politics and Prose on 7/16/18.

When My Body Was A Clinched Fist

BMSTV talks with Author, Activist, Publisher Prof. Enzo  Silon Surin. His forth coming book "When My Body Was A Clinched Fist  addresses the effects of social violence on a young boy’s mind and the consequent physical toll it takes on his body. At the heart of the collection is the metamorphosis of trauma from different acts of violence, some witnessed firsthand, and the struggle to make sense of the world in its aftermath. Set in the borough of Queens, New York, each poem is unrelenting in its depiction of the body as a fist and a young boy’s decade-long clinch for survival. 

June 1, 2020

I Am Not Your Negro

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P.S. I Can't Breathe

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Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

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White Fragility

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses 'White Fragility' 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Seattle Central Library

Teaching Tolerance talks with Robin DiAngelo, author of 'White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism', about her background as a teacher educator, her conception of “white fragility” and her thoughts on teacher accountability.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of "What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy" and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “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 outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.