Race Reading Assignments

Unit 1: Sorting by Color: Why We Attach Meaning to Race

January 27 (NET) Worksheet due January 28

Online: Hannah-Jones: The Idea of America (online article)

Biewen: Turning the Lens (Seeing White podcast series, Part 1) Transcript (podcast)

Biewen: How Race Was Made (Seeing White podcast series, Part 2) Transcript (podcast)

February 1 (VCM)

Snipp: Defining Race and Ethnicity (chapter 4 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Biewen: Made in America (Seeing White podcast series, Part 3) Transcript (podcast)

February 3 (NET) Worksheet due February 4

Tatum: Part 1: A Definition of Terms (chapters 1 and 2 of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?)

Alba: The Likely Persistence of a White Majority (online article)

Wang and Talbot: This Is How the White Population Is Actually Changing Based on New Census Data (online article)

Biewen: On Crazy We Built a Nation (Seeing White podcast series, Part 4) Transcript (podcast)

Unit 2: Seeing Race in Health and Medicine

February 8 (First in-person class session!)

Williams & Sternthal: Understanding Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Health (chapter 6 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Beer: Implicit Racial Bias: Where Do We Learn Whom We Should Perceive Negatively? (online article)

Villarosa: Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis (online article)

Wezerek: Racism’s Hidden Toll (online article)

February 10 (Worksheet due February 11)

Tatum: Part 2: Understanding Blackness in a White Context (chapters 3, 4, and 5 in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? this section of the book is 72 pages long and due on 2/15. Plan your reading accordingly!)

Roth and Ivemark: Genetic Options: The Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Consumers’ Racial and Ethnic Identities (online article)

Biewen: Chenjerai’s Challenge (Seeing White podcast series, Part 7) Transcript (podcast)

Biewen: Skulls and Skin (Seeing White podcast series, Part 8) Transcript (podcast)

Unit 3: Race as Chameleon: How the Idea of Race Changes over Time

February 15

Lee & Bean: Beyond Black and White (chapter 11 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Harmon: How Much Racism Do You Face Every Day? (online article)

Biewen: Citizen Thind (Seeing White podcast series, Part 10) Transcript (podcast)

Tatum: Part 2: Understanding Blackness in a White Context (chapters 3, 4, and 5 in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?) This section of the book is 72 pages long, so plan your reading accordingly!

February 17 (Worksheet due February 18)

Gallagher: Color-Blind Privilege (chapter 12 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Bonilla-Silva: Color-Blind Racism in Pandemic Times (online article)

Yuen: Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism (online article)

Biewen: My White Friends (Seeing White podcast series, Part 12) Transcript (podcast)

February 22

Crooks: Growing up Black in Naperville (online article)

Desmond-Harris: The Myth about Smart Black Kids and “Acting White” That Won’t Die (online article)

Biewen: Transformation (Seeing White podcast series, part 14) Transcript (podcast)

February 24 (Worksheet due February 25)

Tatum: Part 3: Understanding Whiteness in a White Context (chapters 6 and 7 in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?)

DiAngelo: White People Are Still Raised to Be Racially Illiterate. If We Don’t Recognize the System, Our Inaction Will Uphold It. (online article)

Painter: What Whiteness Means in the Trump Era (online article)

Unit 4: Understanding Racism

March 1

Blumer: Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position (chapter 15 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Edsall: Donald Trump’s Identity Politics (online article)

Edsall: White Riot (online article)

Eligon: The El Paso Screed, and the Racist Doctrine Behind It (online article)

March 3 (Worksheet due March 4)

Lipsitz: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (chapter 19 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Biewen: White Affirmative Action (Seeing White podcast series, Part 13) Transcript (podcast)

Unit 5: Global Legacies of Racial Injustice: Latinos, Muslims, and Asians in America

March 8

Tatum: Part 4: Beyond Black and White (chapters 8 and 9 of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?) Chapter 8 is long; finish it and Chapter 9 by March 10.

Flores-González: Chapter 1 “Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials” from Citizens but Not Americans (online article)

March 10 (Worksheet due March 11)

Tatum: Part 4: Beyond Black and White (chapters 8 and 9 of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?)

Magbouleh: Chapter 1 “Being White” from The Limits of Whiteness (online article)

Malik: I Am Not Your Muslim (online article)

Parvini and Simani: Are Arabs and Iranians white? Census says yes, but many disagree (online article)

March 15

Carmichael: Black Power (online article)

Participant Media: Judas and the Black Messiah Film Resource Guide (online article)

Varda: Black Panthers

South African History Online: Ideology of the Black Consciousness Movement

March 16

Screening of the film Judas and the Black Messiah (2pm in Student Life Lounge)

March 17 (No worksheet due this week)

EDU Africa Session 1: Global Legacies of Racial Injustice (in Mock Courtroom, Homeland Security building): Readings and videos to prepare for class

March 22

Vox: Why the US Government Murdered Fred Hampton (online video)

Pew Research Center: U.S. Muslims Concerned about Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream (online article) Only the first page is assigned.

Ways and Means: Episode 7 of Secret Life of Muslims (podcast)

March 23

Keynote presentations by Fred Hampton Jr. and Akua Njeri (2pm in SSC 3245)

March 24 (Worksheet due March 25)

EDU Africa Session 1: Global Legacies of Racial Injustice (in Mock Courtroom, Homeland Security building)

April 5

Lee and Zhou: The Reigning Misperception about Culture and Asian American Achievement (online article)

Lee: Harvard May Discriminate against Asian Americans, but Its Preference for Legacy Students Is the Bigger Problem (online article)

Unit 6: How Space Gets Raced

April 7 (Worksheet due April 8)

Massey: Residential Segregation and Neighborhood Conditions in U.S. Metropolitan Areas (chapter 21 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Chang: White America is Quietly Self-Segregating (online article)

NPR: Historian Says Don’t ‘Sanitize’ How Our Government Created Ghettos (audio) (transcript) (online article)

April 12

Tatum: Part 5: Breaking the Silence (chapter 10 in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?)

Casera: The “Cycle of Segregation” through a Sociologist’s Lens (online audio)

Chang: Living in a Poor Neighborhood Changes Everything about Your Life (online article)

NY Times: Where Does the American Dream Live? (online video)

April 14 (Worksheet due April 15)

Anderson: The Code of the Streets (chapter 22 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Anderson: Black Americans Are Asserting Their Rights in “White Spaces.” That’s When Whites Call 911. (online article)

Unit 7: Race and Criminal Justice: Oxymoron or an American Tragedy?

April 19

Rios: Chapter 1: Dreams Deferred (in Punished)

Alexander: The New Jim Crow (chapter 27 in Rethinking the Color Line)

DuVernay: From Plantation to Prison (online article)

DuVernay: 13th (online film 0-40:52)

April 21 (Worksheet due April 22)

Rios: Chapter 2: The Flatlands of Oakland and the Youth Control Complex (in Punished)

Cole: No Equal Justice (chapter 26 in Rethinking the Color Line)

DuVernay: 13th (online film 40:52-1:14:00)

April 26

Rios: Chapter 3: The Labeling Hype (in Punished)

Bobo & Thompson: Racialized Mass Incarceration (chapter 28 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Pager: The Mark of a Criminal Record (chapter 29 in Rethinking the Color Line)

DuVernay: 13th (online film 1:14:00-end)

Unit 8: Race, Representations, and the Media

April 28 (Worksheet due April 29)

Dirks & Mueller: Racism and Popular Culture (chapter 36 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Merskin: Winnebagos, Cherokees, Apaches, and Dakotas (chapter 39 in Rethinking the Color Line)

Yancy: Why White People Need Blackface (online article)

May 3

Color of Change: Normalizing Injustice (online report)

Rios: Chapter 4: The Coupling of Criminal Justice and Community Institutions (in Punished)

Unit 9: Building a Youth Support Complex

May 5 (Worksheet due May 6)

Rios: Chapter 5: “Dummy Smart” and Chapter 6: Proving Manhood (in Punished)

May 10

Rios: Chapter 7: Guilty by Association, Conclusion and Appendix (in Punished)

May 12 (Worksheet due May 13)

Coates: The Case for Reparations (online article)

Darity and Mullen: Black Reparations and the Racial Wealth Gap (online article)