History of Racism in the U.S.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the

most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

 

James Baldwin

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How the Origins of

Epidemiology Are Linked

to the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Time, September 2021

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Nantucket Doesn't

Belong to the Preppies

The Atlantic, August 2021

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The Harlem Hellfighters Were

War Heroes. Then They Came

Home to Racism.

The New York Times, August 2021

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A historian says newspapers were

a pillar to uphold the white-supremacist political economy.

Insider, Oct. 2021

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The Complete List of Marxist,

Un-American, Anti-White Things (According to White People)

The Root, June 2021

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I Visited A Former Plantation

To Understand Why People Get Married There. All I Saw Was Pain.

BuzzFeed, June 2021

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Tulsa isn’t the only race

massacre you were never taught

in school. Here are others.

The Washington Post, June 2021

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Forgetting Why We Remember

The New York Times, May 2021

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Beyond Tulsa: The Historic

Legacies and Overlooked Stories of America’s ‘Black Wall Streets’

Time Magazine, May 2021

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Georgia park wants to ‘tell the truth’ about world’s largest Confederate monument. Others want it gone.

The Washington Post, May 2021

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The Victims of the Philadelphia

MOVE​ Bombing Continue

to be Erased

The New Yorker, May 2021

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FBI pressured to answer for

domestic-spying program tied

to Black Panther Fred Hampton’s killing in 1969

The Washington Post, May 2021

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The Stealth Sticker Campaign to Expose New York’s History of Slavery

The New York Times, May 2021

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Maryland governor grants posthumous pardons for

34 Black lynching victims

Washington Post, May 2021

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How Gerrymandering

Began in the US

 

History, April 2021

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The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads

 

Crosscut, April 2021

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A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways

 

NPR, April 2021

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Race, Policing, and History — Remembering the Freedom House Ambulance Service

 

New England Journal of Medicine, April 2021

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The Crimson Klan

 

The Harvard Crimson, March 2021

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The Eternal Fantasy of

a Racially Virtuous America

 

The New Republic, March 2021

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We were warned about a

divided America 50 years ago.

We ignored the signs.

 

The Washington Post, March 2021

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The History of Slavery in

the U.S. Catholic Church

 

The Washington Post, March 2021

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The Senate filibuster has a racist

past and present. End it so

America can move forward.

 

USA Today,  March 2021

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Forging Black Identity in

1986 -We Were the Last of

the Nice Negro Girls

 

The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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The Magazine That Helped

1920s Kids Navigate Racism

 

The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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The Real Rosa Parks Story Is

Better Than the Fairy Tale

 

The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

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Stories of Slavery, From

Those Who Survived It

 

The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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Tipping Is a Legacy of Slavery

 

The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

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I Desegregated the University

of Georgia. History Is Still in

the Making.

 

The New York Times,  Jan. 2021

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The Flawed Genius of

the Constitution

 

The Atlantic, Sept. 2020

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The Whole Story in a Single Photo

 

The Atlantic Jan. 2021

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The Haunting of Tulsa, Okla.

 

The New York Times, Dec. 2020

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Goodbye to a Symbol That Told Black Americans to ‘Know Your Place’

 

New York Time, July 2020

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An ongoing initiative that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

 

NYT Magazine, Aug. 2019

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The Racial Bias Built

Into Photography

The New York Times, April 2019

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For Black travelers, Seattle’s

‘Green Book’ offered more than

just places to dine and sleep

The Seattle Times, Feb. 2019

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The History of Racism in America:

158 Resources

 

Smithsonian Museum

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Bob Moses, Crusader for

Civil Rights and Math

Education, Dies at 86

The New York Times, July 2021

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Before Zaila Avant-garde, these

Black spellers made headlines

The 19th, July 2021

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The War on History Is a War

on Democracy

The New York Times, June 2021

Watch

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Fences

2 hours, 18 min.

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Harriet

2 hours, 5 min.

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How America Invented Race

9 min.

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King in the Wilderness

1 hour, 51 min.

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Loving

2 hours, 3 min.

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Mudbound

2 hours, 14 min.

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Race — The Power

of an Illusion

 

Three 1 hour episodes

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Stone Ghosts In The South: Confederate Monuments And America's Battle With Itself

 

27 min.

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Traveling While Black

A series of short interviews 

from the Washington Post

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Twelve Years a Slave

2 hours 14 min.

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Crash Course Black

American History

Series of short videos

hosted by Clint Smith

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Titus Kaphar: Can

Art Amend History?

 

TED Talk, 13 min.

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Tulsa: The Fire and

the Forgotten

1 hour 25 min.

Listen

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Anti-Racism Daily

Each week, we’ll unpack the most critical current events preventing all of us from being well – and outline tangible ways you can take action in your relationships, neighborhood, workplace, and community.

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Black History for

White People

#BHforWP is a multiethnic collective dedicated to loving black and brown people by educating, resourcing, and challenging white people to actively participate in racial justice. 

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Black History Year

Black History Year connects you to

the history, thinkers, and activists

that are left out of the mainstream conversations.

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Divided by Design

Features discussions with advocates, historians, & experts about how race intersects with health, wealth, criminal justice, housing, & voting rights

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Reconstruction

The failure of Reconstruction helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our

politics today. (8 episodes)

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Seeing White

Fourteen-part documentary

series, released between

February & August 2017

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Who We Are: A Chronicle

of Racism in America

An examination of the white supremacist foundation on which

the nation’s legal, political and social systems were built.

Additional Resources

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African American

Intellectual 

History Society

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Anti-Racism Daily

Email a day pairing current events with historical context & personal reflections

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The Atlantic

163 years of The Atlantic’s writing on race and

racism in America

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The Black

Heritage Society of

Washington State

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Black Past

6,000 page reference center

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Equal Justice

Initiative

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Facing History

and Ourselves

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National Museum

of African American History and Culture

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Push Black

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Race — The Power

of an Illusion

Online companion to documentary series

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Schomburg Center

for Research in

Black Culture

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Seattle Civil Rights &

Labor History Project

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Slavery and

Remembrance

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Smithsonian

Magazine

158 resources about

racism in America.

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Zinn

Education Project