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Books White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by: Robin DiAngelo Written by a white woman who leads trainings about racism for various business, government and nonprofit groups. She details the experiences she has had in those trainings where white people are offended and unable to have these difficult conversations about racism and their own implicit bias. The author explores ways that white people can become more resilient and able to have these difficult conversations as well as develop tools to understand their role in systemic racism - the racism that is baked into the culture and laws of the United States. The author argues that white people are an integral part of the solution to systemic racism but we can’t begin to address it if we can’t even talk about it.
For White Folks who Teach in the Hood, by: Christopher Emdin So often we see a class of students who come from a different background from us and we automatically make assumptions about their capacity and their life outside the classroom. This book has great techniquest that any educator can use the very next day to help them connect to students on a deeper level to facilitate teaching and learning.
Additional Resource: Reality Pedagogy by Christopher Emdin VIDEO HERE
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, by: J. Drew Lanham Filled with rich descriptions of a childhood spent outdoors, fans of nature writing will love this book. The author places his own history within the context of the history of slavery and grapples with what it means to fall in love with a land that his ancestors were brought to against their will.
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, by: Lauret Savoy The American landscape is steeped in a history of racism, genocide, displacement, silencing, and erasure. Lauret weaves together personal narrative and historical
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by: Zaretta Hammond If you’ve digested information from this conference and you’re ready to tackle your own implicit bias and build a toolkit for bringing that awareness into your teaching, this is the book for you. Written for classroom teachers, the author lays out the biological groundwork for understanding how the brain processes and stores information and explains that students who do not feel safe physically cannot learn new information. Students do not feel safe when they are faced with the realities of systemic racism and implicit bias on the part of their teachers. The book lays out a clear path for building relationships with students that help them feel safe while still demanding a high level of scholastic rigor from them. An inspiring and practical book!
Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, by: Carolyn Finney This is a more academic text but it is very readable because of the personal accounts that the author weaves in to their historical context. Through the stories told and research gathered, we learn about the relationship that black people have with forests, outdoor recreation, trees, and other aspects of the environment and how these relationships are steeped in a history that other cultures might not be aware of. The author specifically delves into representation of black history at the National Park Service’s parks in Florida and how that might be affecting the low numbers of black people visiting the park and seeking employment with the NPS. She also delves into representations of black people in popular magazines like Outside and National Geographic.
Racism without Racists, by: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva This academic text explains how racism survives and thrives even when almost no one considers themselves a racist. Structural racism is the name given to bias that is built into so many systems of our society including education, healthcare, housing, employment, and media. It is important to recognize structural racism because it means that even if you've recognized and worked through your own implicit bias, there is still work to be done to dismantle the larger racism structures of society.
Podcast Episodes Code Switch - This podcast is produced by NPR and explores current topics in the news through the lens of systemic racism, housing segregation, and ethnicity.
“Made for You and Me” - an episode that deals with the lack of diversity in the outdoor recreation and organizations that are working to facilitate outdoor experiences for a wider range of Americans.
“It’s Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Here” - this episode examines the disproportionate affects of climate change on communities of color. Hurricane Katrina and extreme heat waves are both discussed through interviews with people who have experienced climate change-related events.
3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/culturally-responsive-teaching-strategies/ Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain gives examples of successful strategies for culturally responsive teaching based on neuroscience evidence. She elaborates specifically on methods that help students with oral cultural traditions, suggesting methods of making lessons more game, social, or story driven.
Culturally Responsive Teaching: 4 Misconceptions https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/culturally-responsive-misconceptions/ This post is a summary of an interview that the writer conducts with Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, clarifies what culturally responsive teaching actually is, as opposed to the “It’s a Small World” approach that is often perceived as. It shows that culturally responsive teaching not only helps the student be more comfortable but also helps the student achieve higher academically. The full interview is available to listen to/read through a link in the article as well.
What is Cultural Awareness, anyway? How do I build it? http://www.culturosity.com/articles/whatisculturalawareness.htm This article details the importance of cultural awareness in effective communication. It provides evidence for experiences where cultural differences result in communication problems and offers advice on how to remedy such conflicts.
Facebook Groups Urban EE Collective - https://www.facebook.com/groups/urbaneecollective Catch our keynote speaker, Akiima Price, in this group as well as other environmental education professionals from across the country who are working with issues like environmental justice and racism in the EE field. Other topics that are covered are the particular challenges and opportunities that urban environmental educators face, stories of good work being done in the field, and job opportunities.
Eco-Inclusive - https://www.facebook.com/ecoinclusive/ Facebook page that does a good job of disseminating information, articles and stories of diversity in ecosystem science and outdoor recreation.
YouTube Videos Fear of a Black Planet: Scientific Racism and the Making of the Anthropocene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCZxrPGPac0 This lecture was given by Cynthia Malone at New York University in 2019. She outlines the systemic racism embedded in scientific progress in the United States, specifically as it related to natural history/ecology. She explores this from the deeply racist roots of the American Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo, to the colonial nature of conservation. Follow her on Twitter @cynth_malone ** listening note, the echo on this video is a bit distracting so it is better to listen to it with one earbud in