Bettina Love writes, “Antiracist teaching is not just about acknowledging that racism exists, but consciously committing to the struggle of fighting for racial justice” (p. 54, 2019). This is a lifetime commitment. Antiracist teaching is about fighting for more equitable and just institutions, and policies that support the thriving of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). Below is a list of resources to support you as you begin this work. While not exclusively, this lists intentionally centers the knowledge and voices of BIPOC, most prominently women of color. It does not include many popularly referenced titles that are featured on other anti-racism reading lists, in an attempt to provide different voices and perspectives. These readings may be difficult for some. To quote Lori Patton Davis and Chayla Haynes Davison (2020), “If you experience resistance, acknowledge it and keep reading.” The list begins with readings about whiteness, before offering resources on teaching practices.
Examining and Interrogating Whiteness
For White faculty members, the first phase to fulfilling the promise of anti-racist teachings in your course is through the examining whiteness, White identity and White supremacy and the way it impacts your everyday life.
Anderson, C. (2016). White rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.
The sources here serve as an introductory guide about practices to create an anti-racist classroom. This begins with decolonizing your curriculum, disrupting White supremacy, and centering BIPOC in your courses. These resources discuss ways to do this.