Resources for Understanding and Supporting #BlackLivesMatter by Dr. Tia C. Madkins



I'm happy to share these resources curated by Assistant Professor Tia Madkins, a wonderful colleague in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin on #BlackLivesMatter. You can also access it from this Google Doc Link as Dr. Madkins updates it. Feel free to share, just cite remember to cite her @ProfTiaMadkins #citeBlackwomen

Thank you so much, Tia. Ever so helpful!

-Angela Valenzuela

#citeBlackwomen #BlackLivesMatter #BLMCurriculum #AfricanAmericanStudies #EthnicStudiesNow @TXSBOE @IUPRA @UT_DDCE @LatinostudiesUT @OCEthnicStudies #txed @EthnicStudiesCA

  1. Donate money to these important funds/orgs and support Black-owned businesses
    1. Donate to the Black Lives Matter Global Network (see Black Lives Matter: Home) NOT The Black Lives Matter Foundation  
    2. Support Black authors by purchasing their work, and when possible, order books from these Black-owned bookstores (DM/email me to add your book in any genre to this list!)
    3. Masks for the People
    4. Twitter thread with Black businesses
    5. Support Breonna Taylor’s family (and others) seek justice
    6. In Our Names Network
    7. BIPOC Project
    8. Black Visions Collective
    9. Every Black Girl
    10. Reclaim the Block
    11. Young Women’s Freedom Center
    12. BYP100
    13. Antipolice Terror Project
    14. Other places to donate to
    15. Browndages

  1. STOP saying “riots.” This is an uprising with global attention.
    1. The Grio’s A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising
    2. Australian Black Lives Matter protests:  Tens of thousands demand end to Indigenous deaths in custody
    3. The Rest of the World Sees Uprisings Not Riots
    4. South Korea joins global Black Lives Matter rallies

  1. STOP saying All Lives Matter! Here are a few explanations...
    1. Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways
    2. Explaining what 'All Lives Matter' actually means when you say it
    3. 'Stop making everything about you': Billie Eilish denounces 'All Lives Matter' cause
    4. The issue with saying “All lives matter”
    5. Seth Rogen, Ashton Kutcher send message to Black Lives Matter critics
    6. What's wrong with saying "all lives matter"? | Black Lives Matter

  1. Understand antiBlackness in its varied forms
    1. Call It What It Is:  antiBlackness by Dr. kihana miraya ross vakil
    2. Latinos must confront 'ingrained' anti-black racism amid George Floyd protests, some urge
    3. Guest Column by Lillian Weng | Anti-Blackness in Asian American communities
    4. Black liberal, Your time is up! (Thanks, David Philoxene, for sharing this!)
    5. How Asian Americans Are Reckoning With Anti-Blackness In Their Families (Thank you, Dr. Betina Hsieh, for sharing this!)
    6. “I’m Not Black, I’m Dominican”
    7. Cardi B Speaks Out Against Dominican Anti-Blackness
    8. Dismantling Anti-Blackness Together
    9. Opinion| Racism within the Latino Community

  1. Understand race, issues of racism, white supremacy, and the daily pursuit of being anti-racist in your actions. TO BE CLEAR, Black folx and other People of Color CANNOT be racist. And there is no such thing as reverse racism. That’s NOT how white supremacy works!

    1. Get at least a very basic understanding of structural racism
    2. 13 Books to Educate Yourself on Antiracism, According to Black Women (Rather than Reading White Fragility)
    3. The concluding episode in our podcast series, Seeing White:  An exploration of solutions and responses to America’s deep history of white supremacy (Thank you, Dr. Enrique (Henry) Suárez, for sharing this!)
    4. Opinion piece:  America's overdue reckoning with white supremacy: 'We have allowed evil to flourish'
    5. 10 common phrases that are actually racist AF.
    6. Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
    7. 10 Books about Race Rather than a Person of Color Explaining it to You
    8. The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List
    9. This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.
    10. Developing Google Doc:  Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
    11. Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids
    12. Buy Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
    13. Don’t be a performative anti-racist or ally in life or academia
    14. What Is Deficit Thinking? (You should be able to download the article via the link to the scholarly article; see their popular press piece, also.)
    15. Define intersectionality accurately (Time Magazine piece featuring Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw)
    16. Stop saying minority and use these asset-based terms instead, and definitely stop saying People of Color when you mean Black people. Not all people who identify as Black are African American, so be clear about this distinction between racialized and ethnic identities.
      1. Op-Ed: The term ‘people of color’ erases black people. Let’s retire it
      2. What We Get Wrong About ‘People of Color’
      3. Minority vs. Minoritized Why The Noun Just Doesn't Cut It
      4. Minoritized (NOT minority)
      5. Minoritized and Marginalized
    17. "If you don’t have an anti-racism plan, you plan to be racist" by Catrice M. Jackson
    18. Understand institutionalized racism and amplify the voices of BIPOC who have authored this work:  an academic perspective, use these resources, or take this free, online course with THE Dr. James Anderson
      1. Also, read Dear White People:  Reimagining Whiteness In the Struggle for Racial Equity by Drs. Lori D. Patton and Chayla Haynes
    19. Purchase and read Teaching with Tension Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom co-edited by Dr. Philathia Bolton and colleagues
    20. Detroit’s Schools Are Unconstitutionally Unequal
    21. A Guide to Allyship
    22. Why don’t you have any Black friends?
    23. Support local and national efforts to make false, racist 911 calls a crime
    24. White Urgency to End Racism: Making Sure We Don't Re-Center White Supremacy
    25. Watching White People Wake Up to Racism in Real Time
    26. Understand how inequities even in transportation:  Looking Beyond the Mean for Equity Analysis: Examining Distributional Impacts of Transportation Improvements by Drs. Tierra S. Bills & Joan Walker

  1. We ALWAYS capitalize the b in Black
  2. Yes, 'Black' is capitalized when we're talking about race
  3. Brookings Institute Statement
  4. Radical Copy Editor Statement

    1.  #BlackLivesMatter
      1. Black Lives Matter at School
      2. Week of Action for Black Lives
      3. A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza
      4. Education and Criminalization:  Do #BlackLivesMatter in Schools? (Generated by Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D. with support by a cadre of community members)
      5. ‘Black Lives Matter’ merece todo nuestro apoyo by Dr. G. Cristina Mora
      6. Purchase and read Teaching for Black Lives published by Rethinking Schools
      7. Read Do African Lives Matter to Black Lives Matter? Youth Uprisings and the Borders of Solidarity by Dr. Krystal Strong
      8. Black Lives Matter Meditations by Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons
      9. Afro-Latinxs in the US (Thank you, Dr. María Cioè-Peña, for this and many other resources listed here!)
      10. Call out systemic racism in your field and support #BlackLivesMatter
        1. Black Lives Matter:  A Call to Action for Counseling Psychology Leaders by Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons and colleagues
      11. Black Lives Matter co-founder explains "Defund the police" slogan
      12. Why We March: Eric Esteves of the Lenny Zakim Fund
      13. Removing Ableism in the Call Against Anti-Black State Violence
      14. A Black Lives Matter Letter from Asian Pacific Islander American Education Leaders
      15. Read this article about accountability during the Black Lives Matter movement: I'm Skeptical of All These White People Resigning

    1. Books and resources for Children
      1. 75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women
      2. BLM Instructional Library (Thanks for creating this, Phoebe Defino!)
      3. Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race:  Resource Roundup
      4. 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
      5. Combating Racism Needs to Start at a Young Age
      6. WBUR Podcast on how to talk to your kids about racism
      7. 30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism
      9. Discussing Race with Young Children Virtual Library (Thank you for creating and sharing both of these virtual libraries Michelle Yerón!)
      10. Gala Theatre Bilingual READ ALOUDS/Social Emotional Book Library
      11. PBS Kids:  Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
      12. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/childrens-books-about-race-and-racism
      13. Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids
      14. How White Parents Can Talk About Race
      15. How to Talk to Your Children about Protests and Racism

    1. Resources to support learning about and engaging anti-racist and abolitionist education
      1. Purchase and read We Want to Do More than Survive by Dr. Bettina Love
      2. Purchase and read Decolonizing Place in Early Childhood Education by Dr.  Fikile Nxumalo
      3. Purchase and use The Anti-Racist Reading Instruction Workbook by Lorena Germán
      4. Read and understand that kindness is NOT the answer, especially in education by Dr. Terri N. Watson and Larry Ferlazzo
      5. Read this special issue of English Education by Dr. Esther O. Ohito and colleagues: Caught Up in the Rupture of Freedom:  Fugitive Literacies across Multimodalities in Communities and Classrooms  #FugitiveLiteraciesCollective
      6. Use this AMAZING abolition study guide for those who want to learn more about abolition co-developed by Drs. Ashanté M. Reese and SA Smythe (thank you both for letting me add this to the list!)
      7. Decolonize Your Syllabus
      8. Four Ways Schools Can Support Teachers to Become 'Actively Anti-Racist' by Shannon R. Waite, Ed.D., Dr. Sheila Wilson, and Kimberly Nurse (Larry Ferlazzo curates this Education Week Teacher series)
      9. Books published by Rethinking Schools
      10. The Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List
      11. Books published by Teachers College Press
      12. Common Sense Media Resources
        1. Books About Racism and Social Justice
        2. Media Resources About Race and Racism

    1.  Popular press articles for reading/podcasts for listening
                 Popular press pieces
      1. Save Black Lives and Unite Against Hate by Dr. Aaminah Norris
      2. Understanding race-related cyberbullying by Dr. Brendesha Tynes
      3. A Call from Black and Brown Mothers for True Family Engagement by Dr. Claudia Cervantes-Soon and colleagues
      4. Black Birders Week WaPo Article featuring Dr. Walter Kitundu
      5. Understand Toxic white feminism
      6. I teach conflict transformation. If Trump’s speech were a student paper, here’s how I would respond.

      7. The disparate ways climate change affects BIPOC by Dr.  Fikile Nxumalo

      8. Stereotypes Harm Black Lives and Livelihoods, but Research Suggests Ways to Improve Things

      9. Obstacles to Discussing Race and Racism in the Academy

      10. Social Media Gone Wrong-Snapchat Filter has Users Smile to Break Chains
      11. Racism is Terrible, Blackness is Not by Dr. Imani Perry
      12. When Black People are in Pain, White People Join Book Clubs
      13. What Funding the Police Has Meant for Black, Brown, and Indigenous Communities by Dr. David E. Kirkland
      14. You May Be Your Black Colleagues’ Amy Cooper – #BLM Guest Post via The Professor Is In
      1. Episode 2002 of MathEdPodcast: Karisma Morton featuring Dr. Karisma Morton to understand tracking practices in mathematics
      2. The Daily: The Sunday Read: 'The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning' on Apple Podcast and ‎NPR's Up First on Apple Podcasts (Thanks Dr. David E. Kirkland for suggesting these!)
      3. An Open Letter about Anti-Blackness at Irresistible Movements (formerly Healing Justice Podcast)

    1. Culturally relevant/responsive/sustaining teaching and learning 
      1. Purchase and read No More Culturally Irrelevant Teaching by Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning and colleagues
      2. Follow #Disrupttexts
      3. Read our article, Illuminating political clarity in culturally relevant science instruction by Drs. Tia C. Madkins (@ProfTiaMadkins) and Maxine McKinney de Royston (email me if you do not have access through your library)
      4. Purchase and read A-Z Handbook on Teaching Introductory Programming for Every K-12 CS Educator about computer science in K-12 classrooms (Thank you, Dr. Shuchi Grover, for editing this volume!)
      5. Check out these resources for social justice-focused math and science teaching curated by Dr. Kari Kokka
      6. Develop empathetic, culturally responsive teachers
        1. Empathy, Teacher Dispositions, and Preparation for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy by Dr. Chezare Warren
        2. Support workforce diversification efforts like those of Dr. Travis Bristol
      7. How to Make a Culturally Responsive Curriculum
      8. Purchase and read Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement Among African American Youth by Dr. Na’ilah S. Nasir
      9. The Danger of Mispronouncing Students' Names

    1.  Resources for faith-based organizations (Thank you to my amazing sister, Shari C. Madkins, ABD, for suggesting the books in this section!)
      1. 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets (Curriculum for addressing racism, gun violence, and implicit bias for churches)
      2. Faith-Based Toolkit (Thank you, Dr. Lauren Mims, for sharing this!)
      3. Buy Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey
      4. Buy Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Reverend Kelly Douglas Brown
      5. Buy The Cross and the Lynching Tree by Dr. James H. Cone
      6. Purchase The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah
      7. Read The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

    1.  Provide a gendered analysis in our understanding of root causes and in our demands for policy change (Thank you, Dr. Leconte Dill, for sharing!)
      1. Breonna Taylor Deserves Justice | ZORA
      2. Why Are Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence?
      3. The Lack of Mobilized Outrage For Police Killing Black Women Is An Injurious Erasure
      4. John Boyega: Black men, we must protect black women, they are ours, they are our hearts.”
      5. You Can't be Woke and Disrespect Black Women
      6. Outrage for Breonna Taylor-The Intersectional Experiences of Black Women

    1.  #citeBlackwomen and give credit for their work
      1. Cite Black Women
      2. Do not erase the intellectual contributions of Black women  

    1. Support efforts to strengthen our schools and families
      1. Demand other school districts end contracts with local police departments
        1. Counselors NOT Cops in Schools
        2. Minneapolis Public Schools End Contract with MPD
        3. Portland Public Schools End Contract with PPD
      2. Write better statements of support
        1. Guidance for Leaders Writing Statements on Police Shootings of Unarmed Black People by Drs. Dorinda Carter Andrews and Shaun R. Harper

    1.  Education-focused organizations to learn from and with
      1. Teaching Tolerance @Tolerance_org
        1. In Defense of Caring About Difference
      2. NYU Metro Center @metronyu
      3. National Equity Project @equityproject
      4. Education and the Path to Equity Series by Learning Policy Institute @LPI_Learning

    1.  Understand and teach about enslavement in the US/N. America accurately
      1. Teaching Texas Slavery (Thank you Drs. Keffrelyn and Anthony Brown, and Daina Berry for this beautifully carried out project!)
      2. Podcast with Dr. Keffrelyn Brown (#citeBlackwomen)
      3. What I Learned from Leading a Tour at a Plantation
      4. The 1619 Project Curriculum

    1.  PAY Black folx for your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings because it is exhausting work
      1. Lucy Mina Consulting (Karah Herring, J.D., author of Boobs and Brown Skin:  Moving Beyond Racism and Sexism in America)
      2. Redgina Hill Consulting (Dr. Redgina Hill, South Bend, IN)
      3. Jelani Consulting LLC (Dr. Kazique Prince, Austin, TX)

    1. Learn about skin and hair care for Black and Brown children
      1. Brown Skin Matters:  See What Children's Rashes Look Like on Darker Skin With 'Brown Skin Matters'
      2. Round Rock, TX Girl Scout, Kamryn Owens, teaches adopting parents about Black hair care

    1. Recognize and value the varied parenting styles in Black communities
      1. AfroBoriqua Mothering: Teaching/Learning Blackness in a Bay Area AfroPuerto Rican Community of Practice by Krista L. Cortes
      2. From Woe to Wonder-Parenting Black Children

    1. Watch these and other specials, films, etc.
      1. Sesame Street and CNN Town Hall on racism Sat 6 June 2020
      2. PBS Special, Race Matters:  America in Crisis
      3. 29 [non-white savior] Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice
      4. The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List
      5. Yamiche Alcindor, Judy Woodruff, Amna Nawaz and Charlayne Hunter-Gault host a series of conversations about the protests on American streets, outrage about police brutality and our nation’s deep, systemic racial disparities. #RaceMattersPBS

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