Week 1: Historical Understanding Readings:
- Understanding Racism: An Historical Introduction by Sharon Martinas, a white anti-racist organizer with the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.
- What is White Supremacy? by Elizabeth Mart�nez who has taught Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies in the California State University system part-time since 1989 and lectures around the country. She is the author of six books, including two on Chicano/a history. She has been an anti-racist activist since 1960. Her best-known work is the bilingual book 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, used by teachers, community groups, and youth since 1976.
- Optional, supplemental: the first two chapters of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.
Discussion on defining terms such as racism and white
Week 2: Privilege, Barriers & Fears Readings on white privilege and barriers to anti-racist organizing
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- Racist Activism 101 [or "How to be a Completely Clueless and Aggravating White Activist", or again "How to Get on Nadine's Personal Shit List"] by Nadine
- Barriers to Organization Between Anti-Racist White People by Joanie Mayer from the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.
Week 3: Continuing to Implicate Ourselves
- Ch 1, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by G Lipsitz
- The Meritocracy Myth: A Dollars & Sense interview with Lani Guinier
Week 4: Intersections between racism, classism, colonialism, and patriarchy
- White Trash Blues: Class Privilege v. White Privilege by BetaCandy
- Selections from Dying While Black by Vernellia Randall
- "Sexual Violence as a Tool of Genocide," Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Week 5: Family histories
- Sharing & discussing our family histories
- The Color of Supremacy: Beyond the discourse of "white privilege" by Zeus Leonardo, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 36(2), 137-152 (2004).
Week 6: Backlash & Cultural Appropriation
- Chapters 9-11, A Race is a Nice Thing to Have by Janet Helms (1992).
- "Moving from Cultural Appropriation Toward Ethical Cultural Connections," Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker by Joanna Kadi (1996).
- "For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life" by Andrea Smith (1991).
- Optional, supplemental: From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: the Life-long Journey Tema Okun
- Optional, supplemental: Cultural Appropriation != Outlaw Culture by MaxZine Weinstein
Week 7: Experiencing and Responding to Racism
- "La Guera," by Cherrie Moraga in This Bridge Called My Back (1979).
- "Killing Rage," Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks (1995).
- "Where Are You From?" by Geeta Kothari in Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian
- America (1995).
- Optional, supplemental: "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism," Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (1984).
Week 8: Gentrification, Casinos & More
- Selections from Angry Brown Butch
- "innate charm," my ass
- postmodern hipster colonists suck
- on gentrification in Bushwick
- more thoughts on gentrification
- Since apparently my many previous clarifications weren't enough (include comments 1-6)
- Hey white folks -- it's time to get really mad at me again!
- Conversation with Mark Harvey Smith
- Articles on casino & Arena
- If possible, attend Dr. Goddess Goes To Jail on Sunday, August 26
- Articles on Bakery Square (in handouts are stapled behind the casino readings)
- On-line components:
- East of Liberty clips (please watch both)
- Bakery Square site (note overview, borchure, renderings)
- Supplemental: Anti-Gentrification Across the US Rustbelt Radio 20 Aug 2007 (story starts at 23:25 min)
- Supplemental: Sometimes I Feel Like I'm The Only One Trying To Gentrify This Neighborhood
- Supplemental: request Flag Wars from the library
Week 9: Prison Industrial Complex
Guest speaker: Dr. Barbara Johnson, Associate Dean and Director of Diversity Initiatives at Carlow University speaks on racism in Pittsburgh
- Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex Rachel Herzing in conversation with Trevor Paglen
- Selections from Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis (2003)
- Articles on Pamela Lawton's case
Week 10: Being an effective anti-racist ally
- With Allies Like These, You Don’t Need Enemies: Michael Moore and the Racism of the White Left by Ewuare Osayande
- Coalition-Building between Natives and Non-Natives by Haunani-Kay Trask, Stanford Law Review, 43(6), 1197-1213 (1991)
- The Work Is Not The Workshop: Talking and Doing, Visibility and Accountability in the White Anti-Racist Community by Catherine Jones
- Supplemental: I Can Fix It! by damali ayo
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