From the publisher: "A comprehensive inquiry into the history, nature and meaning of racism. There is little agreement about what racism is, where it comes from and whether it can ever be eliminated. This book explore these questions while raising some controversial issues of its own."
Kendi critiques this book, calling its title "laughably dishonest."
A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History by Nicholas WadeFrom the publisher: "Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years—to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well. Wade, the longtime journalist covering genetic advances for The New York Times, draws widely on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits—thrift, docility, nonviolence—have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These “values” obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews. Wade believes deeply in the fundamental equality of all human peoples. He also believes that science is best served by pursuing the truth without fear, and if his mission to arrive at a coherent summa of what the new genetic science does and does not tell us about race and human history leads straight into a minefield, then so be it. This will not be the last word on the subject, but it will begin a powerful and overdue conversation."
Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity by Ann Arnett FergusonStatistics show that black males are disproportionately getting in trouble and being suspended from the nation's school systems. Based on three years of participant observation research at an elementary school, Bad Boys offers a richly textured account of daily interactions between teachers and students to understand this serious problem. Ann Arnett Ferguson demonstrates how a group of eleven- and twelve-year-old males are identified by school personnel as "bound for jail" and how the youth construct a sense of self under such adverse circumstances. The author focuses on the perspective and voices of pre-adolescent African American boys. How does it feel to be labeled "unsalvageable" by your teacher? How does one endure school when the educators predict one's future as "a jail cell with your name on it?" Through interviews and participation with these youth in classrooms, playgrounds, movie theaters, and video arcades, the author explores what "getting into trouble" means for the boys themselves. She argues that rather than simply internalizing these labels, the boys look critically at schooling as they dispute and evaluate the meaning and motivation behind the labels that have been attached to them. Supplementing the perspectives of the boys with interviews with teachers, principals, truant officers, and relatives of the students, the author constructs a disturbing picture of how educators' beliefs in a "natural difference" of black children and the "criminal inclination" of black males shapes decisions that disproportionately single out black males as being "at risk" for failure and punishment. Bad Boys is a powerful challenge to prevailing views on the problem of black males in our schools today. It will be of interest to educators, parents, and youth, and to all professionals and students in the fields of African-American studies, childhood studies, gender studies, juvenile studies, social work, and sociology, as well as anyone who is concerned about the way our schools are shaping the next generation of African American boys. Ann Arnett Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies and Women's Studies, Smith College.
Call Number: LC2771 F47 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-12
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry2020 NAACP Image Award Nominee - Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction) Best-of Lists: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) · 25 Can't-Miss Books of 2019 (The Undefeated) Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love--finding beauty and possibility in life--and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. With original art for the cover by Ekua Holmes, Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.
Call Number: E185.86 .P477 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea; Volume I by Gomes Eanes de ZuraraThis work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
Call Number: Available as an ebook
Publication Date: 2010 (originally published in 1453)
The Discoveries of Prince Henry, and Their Results by Bcher Gruppe; Bucher Gruppe (Editor)The Discoveries of Prince Henry: The Navigator, and Their Results; Being the Narrative of the Discovery by Sea, Within One Century, of More Than Half the World The glory of Prince Henry consists in the conception and persistent prosecution of a great idea, and in what followed therefrom. This book, then, is rather a record of the glory than of the mere life of Prince Henry. That glory is not a matter of fancy or bombast, but of mighty and momentous reality, a reality to which the Anglo Saxon race, at least, have no excuse for indifference.
Call Number: Open access; Available as an ebook
Publication Date: 1877
The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Eddie Moore (Editor); Marguerite W. Penick-Parks (Editor); Alli MichaelResearchers and practitioners are, for the most part, in agreement that the greatest instructional gaps exist between white, female teachers and their black, male students. Achievement data consistently reveal that black boys are underperforming in the nation′s schools. The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys requires the reader to work through activities that may challenge them, ask them to honestly reflect on who they are and where they come from. By engaging in personal and professional introspective work, this guide takes the reader through works by experts, stories by educators and students, and videos that will help personalize the educational lives of black boys and their white teachers.
Call Number: LC2731 .G85 2018
Publication Date: 2017-10-25
Microaggressions and Marginality by Derald Wing Sue (Editor)A landmark volume exploring covert bias, prejudice, anddiscrimination with hopeful solutions for their eventualdissolution Exploring the psychological dynamics of unconscious andunintentional expressions of bias and prejudice toward sociallydevalued groups, Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation,Dynamics, and Impact takes an unflinching look at the numerousmanifestations of these subtle biases. It thoroughly deals with theharm engendered by everyday prejudice and discrimination, as wellas the concept of microaggressions beyond that of race andexpressions of racism. Edited by a nationally renowned expert in the field ofmulticultural counseling and ethnic and minority issues, this bookfeatures contributions by notable experts presenting originalresearch and scholarly works on a broad spectrum of groups in oursociety who have traditionally been marginalized anddisempowered. The definitive source on this topic, Microaggressions andMarginality features: In-depth chapters on microaggressions towards racial/ethnic,international/cultural, gender, LGBT, religious, social, anddisabled groups Chapters on racial/ethnic microaggressions devoted to specificpopulations including African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans,Asian Americans, indigenous populations, and biracial/multiracialpeople A look at what society must do if it is to reduce prejudice anddiscrimination directed at these groups Discussion of the common dynamics of covert and unintentionalbiases Coping strategies enabling targets to survive suchonslaughts Timely and thought-provoking, Microaggressions and Marginalityis essential reading for any professional dealing with diversity atany level, offering guidance for facing and opposingmicroaggressions in today's society.
Call Number: BF575 A3 M445 2010
Publication Date: 2010-07-26
Microaggressions in Everyday Life by Derald Wing SuePraise for Microaggressions in Everyday Life "In a very constructive way, Dr. Sue provides time-testedpsychological suggestions to make our society free ofmicroaggressions. It is a brilliant resource and ideal teachingtool for all those who wish to alter the forces that promote painfor people." ?Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPPPresident, AmericanPsychological Association "Microaggressions in Everyday Life offers an insightful,scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis of the existence ofsubtle, often unintentional biases, and their profound impact onmembers of traditionally disadvantaged groups. The concept ofmicroaggressions is one of the most important developments in thestudy of intergroup relations over the past decade, and this volumeis the definitive source on the topic." ?John F. Dovidio, PhD Professor of Psychology, YaleUniversity "Derald Wing Sue has written a must-read book for anyone whodeals with diversity at any level. Microaggressions in EverydayLife will bring great rewards in understanding and awarenessalong with practical guides to put them to good use." ?James M. Jones, PhD Professor of Psychology and Directorof Black American Studies, University of Delaware "This is a major contribution to the multicultural discourse andto understanding the myriad ways that discrimination can berepresented and its insidious effects. Accessible and welldocumented, it is a pleasure to read." ?Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP Diplomate in ClinicalPsychology and Professor of Psychology, St. John'sUniversity A transformative look at covert bias, prejudice, anddiscrimination with hopeful solutions for their eventualdissolution Written by bestselling author Derald Wing Sue,Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and SexualOrientation is a first-of-its-kind guide on the subject ofmicroaggressions. This book insightfully looks at the various kindsof microaggressions and their psychological effects on bothperpetrators and their targets. Thought provoking and timely, Dr.Sue suggests realistic and optimistic guidance forcombating?and ending?microaggressions in oursociety.
Call Number: BF575 A3 S88 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-08
White Teachers - Diverse Classrooms by Julie Landsman (Editor); Chance W. Lewis (Editor)The point of departure for this new edition, as it was for the first, is the unacceptable reality that, for students of color, school is often not a place to learn but a place of low expectations and failure. In urban schools with concentrations of poverty, often fewer than half the ninth graders leave with a high school diploma. This second edition has been considerably expanded with chapters that illuminate the Asian American, Native American, and Latina/o experience, including that of undocumented students, in our schools. These chapters offer insights into the concerns and issues students bring to the classroom. They also convey the importance for teachers, as they accept difference and develop cultural sensitivity, to see their students as individuals, and avoid generalizations. This need to go beneath the surface is reinforced by a chapter on adopted children, children of mixed race, and "hidden minorities". White and Black teachers, and teachers of different races and ethnicities, here provide the essential theoretical background, and share their experiences and the approaches they have developed, to create the conditions - in both urban and suburban settings - that enable minority students to succeed. This book encourages reflection and self-examination, and calls for recognizing and reinforcing students' ability to achieve. It also calls for high expectations for both teachers and students. It demonstrates what it means to recognize often-unconscious biases, confront institutional racism where it occurs, surmount stereotyping, adopt culturally relevant teaching, connect with parents and the community, and integrate diversity in all activities. This book is replete with examples from practice and telling insights that will engage teachers in practice or in service. It should have a place in every classroom in colleges of education and K-12 schools. Its empowering message applies to every teacher working in an educational setting that recognizes the empowerment that comes in celebrating diversity. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
Call Number: LC1099.3 W48 2011 ; Also available as an ebook