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Brenda Allen, “Race Matters” in

Description: Scholar Brenda Allen discusses various ways in which race appears in everyday life, explores various contemporary issues around race, and focuses on how racism is communicated.
Keywords: Privilege/Precarity, Education

Judith Butler, “Violence, Mourning, Politics”

Description: Judith Butler discusses the idea that we mourn some lives more than others and uses the concept of precarious life to explain how some lives face greater exposure to hardship, danger, and death.
Keywords: Privilege/Precarity

Garnette Cadogan, “,” LitHub (July, 08, 2016).

Description:This essay explores the difficulty in adapting to life in the United States, where being black can be enough to be targeted by law enforcement.
Keywords: Education, Criminal Justice, Legacy of Slavery.

Jane Coaston, “,” Vox (May 28, 2019)

Description: This piece looks at the rise of intersectionality, the fierce opposition to it in conservative politics, and its utility for understanding race.
Keyword: Intersectionality, Feminism

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “,” The Atlantic (June 2014)

Description: Coates articulates the need for reparations for descendants of slaves: “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole,”
Keywords: Capitalism, History, Legacy of Slavery
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Craig Elliott, “

Description: This article explains the utility of white caucus groups for exploring privilege without demanding that marginalized people do the labor for white people.
Keywords: Privilege/Precarity.

Andrew Ferguson, “Data is the New Black” The Rise of Big Data Policing

Description: Ferguson looks at the overlap of race and surveillance by police in the United States.
Keywords: Criminal Justice, Legacy of Slavery, Privilege/Precarity

Ibram X. Kendi, “The Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Description: This searing essay looks at the death of Ahmaud Arbery as a way to explore fear and belonging in America.
Keywords: Privilege/Precarity, Criminal Justice, Legacy of Slavery

Guy McHendry,

Description: This essay introduces a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric on White Supremacy in the age of Trump. This essay recounts an abbreviated history of racism in the United States of America and myriad instances where white supremacy was a vibrant part of Donald J. Trump’s rise to political power.
Resources: This special issue includes the following essays:

Peggy McIntosh, ”

Description: This canonical resource examines the ways, both large and small, that white privilege operates in the United States. Though dated, it is extremely valuable.
Keywords: Privilege/Precarity
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Adam Serwer, “,” The Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

Description: The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.
Keywords: Healthcare, Privilege/Precarity

” (all articles), The New York Times Magazine

Description: This collection of article reorients the history of the United States to 1619, the year the first slaves arrived. Through that perspective, the articles examine historical and contemporary issues that relate to the nation’s dependence on slavery.
Keywords: Legacy of Slavery, History, Criminal Justice, Media

Description: A declaration of Black feminist values and beliefs.
Keyword: Feminism

Jose Antonio Vargas, “,” New York Times Magazine (June 22, 2011)

Description: This article weaves together the topics of race, ethnicity, and immigration to explore what it means to belong or not belong in the United States.
Keywords: Intersectionality, Privilege/Precarity

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, “Algorithmic Inequality” in Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

Description: This reading provides an overview of racial bias in automated systems including parole/probation systems, search engines, and photography.
Keywords: Capitalism, Media, Criminal Justice

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