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Racism in Education

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically."


 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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Segregation and School Funding:

How Housing Discrimination Reproduces Unequal Opportunity

Shanker Institute, May 2022

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Social studies

without social justice

Popular Information, May 2022

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Some teachers feel silenced on

racist mass shooting in Buffalo

The 19th, May 2022

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Attending an HBCU Has

Always Been an Act of Courage

The Atlantic, Feb. 2022

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#TeachTruth: Don’t censor

honest accounts of history

The Seattle Times, Jan. 2022

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How Build Back Better Advances Racial Equity in Child Care and

Early Education

CLASP, Jan. 2022

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Southwest Missouri high

school teacher accused of using critical race theory loses job

Springfield News-Leader, April 2022

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North Carolina

superintendent apologizes

after mock slave auction

NBC News, March 2022

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Some school systems pause

diversity programs amid pushback

AP News, Feb. 2022

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6 Kids Speak Out Against

Hair Discrimination

The New York Times, April 2022

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Want to improve student achievement? Hire a Black principal.

The 19th, April 2022

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Penn Law professor Amy Wax

makes racist remarks on

Tucker Carlson show

Axios, April 2022

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Book Ban Efforts

Spread Across the U.S.

The New York Times, Jan. 2022

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Book bans in schools are

catching fire. Black authors

say uproar isn’t about students.

NBC News, Jan. 2022

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America’s public school teachers

are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

Pew Research Center, Dec. 2021

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University System of Georgia to

keep names on buildings with ties

to slavery and white supremacy

The Washington Post, Nov. 2021

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Why white students are 250%

more likely to graduate than Black students at public universities

The Hechinger Report, Oct. 2021

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Critical-Race-Theory Critics

Are Distorting Martin Luther

King's Legacy 

The Atlantic, Oct. 2021

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A White teacher taught White students about White privilege.

It cost him his job.

The Washington Post, Nov. 2021

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At UF, someone used ‘critical’ and ‘race’ in a sentence. Trouble ensued.

Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 2021

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In Minneapolis Schools,

White Families Are Asked to

Help Do the Integrating

The New York Times, Nov. 2021

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In a California Desert, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt.

ProPublica, Sept. 2021

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‘School choice’ developed

as a way to protect segregation

and abolish public schools

Washington Post, Sept. 2021

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Students fight back against a

book ban that has a Pennsylvania community divided

CNN, Sept. 2021

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The South Must Teach

Its Children the Truth

The New York Times, Aug. 2021

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Critical race theory battles are

driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs

NBC News, July 2021

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UW’s Black campus police

officers file multimillion-dollar

claims over ‘unbearable’ racism

The Seattle Times, June 2021

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The War on Critical

Race Theory

Boston Review, June 2021

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Arizona 'biased teaching' bill

would fine teachers for

discussion of controversial issues

azcentral, June 2021

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Teachers across the country

protest laws restricting

lessons on racism

The Washington Post, June 2021

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The Miseducation

of White Children

The Nation, June 2021

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Diversity training on WA college campuses will soon be mandatory

Crosscut, June 2021

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Students, faculty at Seattle universities join national

push for change at campus

police departments

The Seattle Times, June 2021

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Texas GOP Passes Bill To

Stop Teachers From Talking

About Racism

HuffPost, May 2021

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Overlooked No More:

Barbara Johns, Who Defied Segregation in Schools

The New York Times, May 2021

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The Steep Cost of Decades

of Discrimination

The Atlantic, May 2021

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If Only There Were a Viral

Video of Our Jim Crow

Education System

The New York Times, May 2021

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Sharp rise in parents seeking to

ban anti-racist books in US schools

The Guardian, April 2021

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The case that launched Thurgood Marshall’s fight to end segregation

in America’s schools.

PBS, March 2021

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The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing

NEA, March 2021

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Georgetown Law Fires Professor

for ‘Abhorrent’ Remarks About

Black Students

The New York Times, March 2021

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Are Private Schools Immoral?

A conversation with Nikole

Hannah-Jones about race,

education, and hypocrisy.

The Atlantic, March 2021

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I was a well-meaning White

teacher. But my harsh discipline harmed Black kids.

The Washington Post, March 2021

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6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be

published for racist images

The Seattle Times, March 2021

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He Wants to Save Classics from

Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?

The New York Times, Feb. 2021

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Missing in School Reopening

Plans: Black Families’ Trust

The New York Times, Feb. 2021

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Charlottesville schools look north

for model to shed resource officers

The Daily Progress, Jan. 2021

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A viral video forced a wealthy

Texas suburb to confront racism.

A 'silent majority' fought back.

NBC News, Jan. 2021

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New York City Will Change

Many Selective Schools to

Address Segregation

The New York Times Dec. 2020

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Cops Don’t Keep Kids Safe

at School: The Case

Against School Police

ReThinking Schools, Dec. 2020

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How Black Oaklanders Finally Expelled the School Police

Mother Jones, NovDec. 2020


A reminder from new report: Washington’s schools

are far from equitable

Seattle Times, Nov. 2020


When learning is virtual,

Black parents can watch for

unfair treatment.

New York Times, Oct. 2020

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What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Chicago Unheard, July 2020


What Anti-racist

Teachers Do Differently

The Atlantic, June 2020


Minneapolis Is Taking

Police Out of Schools

Slate, June 2020


4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren

NPR, June 2020


Still Separate, Still Unequal:

Teaching about School Segregation

& Educational Inequality

NYT, May 2019


How Teachers are Changing Grading with an Eye on Equity

KQED, Feb. 2019

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The Resegregation of

Jefferson County

The New York Times, Sept. 2017

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Why many districts are struggling

over whether to keep officers

in schools

NBC, Aug. 2021

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Critical race theory: A political

debate hits WA schools

Crosscut, Aug. 2021

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A $5 Million Fine for Classroom Discussions on Race? In Tennessee, This Is the New Reality

Education Week, Aug. 2021


Please buy from a black-owned bookstore (click here for a list), your local independent bookstore, or from the Bookshop link provided.


Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

Eve L. Ewing  , 2020


The Lost Education of

Horace Tate: Uncovering

the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools

Vanessa S. Walker,  2018


A People's History

of the United States

Howard Zinn,  2015


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Season three tells the story of the battle

to desegregate Boston publc schools.

(7 episodes)


Integrated Schools

Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey

(58 min)

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Nice White Parents

A five part podcast about

racism in public schools

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The Problem We All Live With

Two-part series from This American

Life about school desegregation

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The Promise

In Nashville, One neighborhood, two schools — one black and poor, the other white and well-off, and the kids stuck in the middle. (8 episodes)

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Revisionist History

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustmen‪t‬ —

A landmark Supreme Court case.

A civil rights revolution. (38 min.)

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Sounds Like Hate

"Not Okay" — two episodes

focus on hate in schools

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The unveiling of the Cultural

Competence Action Plan set off a

backlash that’s consumed Southlake, fueled by a growing national crusade against critical race theory. 

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Teaching to Thrive

Ideas to strengthen the lives of Black and Brown students in schools & communities



A Class Divided

Frontline 1985 (53 min.)

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What is Critical Race Theory & Why is it Under Attack?

YouTube (1 hour 41 min.)

Organizations & Resources

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Teaching Network

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Black Education

Strategy Roundtable



Reports from a four-year study of the broken school funding system

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Educating for


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The Center for Race

& Public Education

in the South


Colorful Pages

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Equity in

Education Coalition

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Facing History

and Ourselves

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for Justice


Mentoring Urban

Students & Teens


Sea Center for

Racial Equity

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The 1619 Project


Materials Collection

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Teens Take


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United Negro

College Fund




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We Need

Diverse Books



Education Project

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