The deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and too many others—along with the grand jury decisions in the earlier two cases—have caused waves of nationwide protest and appeals for stronger protections against police brutality. These events have also caused educators to seek resources on how to address these subjects in the classroom. These Teaching Tolerance resources can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society.
- When Educators Understand Race and Racism. What is the fundamental outcome of educators growing their racial competence? Learning.
- Talking With Students About Ferguson and Racism. This teacher believes it’s crucial for white teachers like her to seek out productive ways to talk about race and racism with students.
- Students Are Watching Ferguson. At a time like this, educators can’t afford not to discuss Ferguson in the classroom.
- #dontshoot. The tragic loss of Michael Brown presents an opportunity to help students connect with our collective humanity.
- On This Day. As an organization committed to justice and equity, the similarities between the Watts Riots and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri following Michael Brown’s death compel us to point out that we do not live in a post-racial world.
- What We're Reading This Week: November 26. A special edition of What We're Reading This Week featuring stories related to recent events in Ferguson.
- The Revolution Will Be Tweeted. This middle school teacher empowered his students to lift their voices in discussions about Ferguson and Eric Garner—by assigning them to tweet.
- After the Flag Comes Down. There was growing momentum to take down Confederate flags after nine people were murdered at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, but our work to denounce systemic racism cannot stop at symbolic markers.
Resources From Teaching The New Jim Crow
- Preparing to Teach The New Jim Crow. Strategies and methods that can prepare teachers to support students during conversations about race, racism and other forms of oppression.
- Lesson 1: Talking About Race and Racism. This lesson helps students learn to participate in open and honest conversations about race and racism.
- Lesson 7: Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System. How does mass incarceration function as a mechanism of radicalized social control in the United States today? What is “the age of colorblindness” and how does it attempt to mask racial caste?
- Lesson 8: Understanding the Prison Label. What is the long-term harm and wider impact of mass incarceration on people and communities of color?
- Lesson 10: Dismantling Racial Caste. What is needed to end mass incarceration and permanently eliminate racial caste in the United States?
- On Racism and White Privilege. This article, one of our professional development resources, explores issues of race and white privilege.
- Test Yourself for Hidden Bias. This page defines the terms stereotype, prejudice and discrimination; includes a link to Project Implicit's Hidden Bias Tests; and provides suggestions for ensuring that implict biases don't manifest in biased actions.
- Straight Talk About the N-Word. This article documents Teaching Tolerance's interview with Arizona State University Professor Neal A. Lester. Lester teaches courses and offers seminars on the n-word all over the country—and finds there’s plenty to talk about.
- The Gentle Catalyst. Afraid to teach about privilege? Three teachers show how it’s done.
- Ferguson, U.S.A. This feature story explains why hardships faced by communities in crisis are national issues worth teaching.
- Let's Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students. Talking with students about race and privilege is hard but necessary. Our new resource and webinar can help you find the words.