Students will examine the ways in which the legacies of slavery and of white supremacy continue to affect life in the United States.
Maps to Key Concepts 2, 3, 4, 8 & 9
What else should my students know?
23.A Racial segregation persists in the United States. It’s most evident in housing and education, but can also be seen in workplaces, sports settings and churches.
23.B Profound economic inequalities stratify American society. African Americans face many obstacles to advancement, including unequal educational opportunities, unemployment, wage disparities, barriers to home ownership and persistent wealth inequality.
23.C Mass incarceration has devastated many communities of color. Police officers, district attorneys and judges arrest, charge and imprison African Americans at rates far exceeding white people, with lasting consequences for political and economic participation.
23.D Although race has no scientific basis, as a social construct it has the power to profoundly affect people of color’s lived experiences of fairness, equality and opportunity.
How can I teach this?
- Let’s Talk: Discussing Critical Topics with Students supports educators in thinking critically about their own identities and in helping students talk about oppression and injustice in the classroom.
- Teaching The New Jim Crow is a set of teaching tools (lessons and excerpts) for high school students that introduces the origins of racial caste as well as the history and devastating impact of mass incarceration on communities of color.
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein tells the disturbing story of how white supremacy intentionally caused and perpetuated housing segregation in the United States.
- White Rage by Carol Anderson traces the ways in which white reactions to black social and political gains undermined those gains and derailed progress for black Americans.
- “New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Four Confederate Statues” is the transcript of a speech given on Friday, May 19, 2017, as a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was to be taken down.
- Equity Matters: Confronting Implicit Bias is a teacher-facing webinar that includes many tools and resources that can be used with students.