171 Contemporary Issues & Popular Articles

Amy Minervini

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Contemporary & Popular Articles

Curated by Amy Minervini

The death of George Floyd prompted weeks and months (still continuing) of protests by those who want to bring awareness to racism and inequity. The following curated articles from news sites and online magazines provide starting points to learn more about the various ways in which outright systemic racism and/or marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and Asian people permeates all aspects of culture and society. Contemporary articles from more credible popular sources are loosely organized under general categories:

Election 2020

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Woman and Woman of Color as Vice President by Lisa Lerer and Sydney Ember

Black women saved the Democrats. Don’t make us do it again. by Taylor Crumpton

How Black voters in key cities helped deliver the election for Joe Biden by Janell Ross

How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election by Anna V. Smith


Law & Criminal Justice System

“A Look Back At Trayvon Martin’s Death, And The Movement It Inspired” by Karen Grigsby Bates

“The Bad-Apple Myth of Policing” by Osagie Obasogie

“The Electoral College’s Racist Origins” by Wilfred Codrington III

“Stanching the School-to-Prison Pipeline” by Mimi Kirk and Citylab

“The Secret List of Convicted Cops” by Robert Lewis and PRX

“Disband the police force? Here’s one U.S. city where the idea has been tried” by Alexander Panetta

“93% of Black Lives Matter Protests Have Been Peaceful, New Report Finds” by Sanya Mansoor

Economy & Housing

“The Failure of Race-Blind Economic Policy” by Adia Wingfield

“The Unfulfilled Promise of Fair Housing” by Abdallah Fayyad

“Florida couple sees home appraisal jump 40 percent after they remove all traces of ‘Blackness'” by Anne Schindler

“Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says” by Adedayo Akala

Coronavirus & Health

“The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying” by Adam Serwer

“Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus” by Ibram X. Kendi

“‘I Will Not Stand Silent.’ 10 Asian Americans Reflect on Racism During the Pandemic and the Need for Equality” by Anna Purna Kambhampaty

“No Safe Drinking Water On Reservation Leaves Thousands Improvising” by Emily Cureton

“The Navajo Nation Faced Water Shortages for Generations — and Then the Pandemic Hit” by Justine Calma

Code Switching & Education

“The Costs of Code-Switching” by Courtney McCluney, Katrina Robotham, Serenity Lee, Richard Smith, and Myles Durkee

“I don’t ‘code-switch’ to hide my identity. I ‘code-switch’ to celebrate it” by Vaidehi Mujumdar

“What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently” by Pirette McKamey

Standing Up, Speaking Out for Racial Justice by Belinda Daughrity

The Weaponization of Whiteness in Schools by Coshandra Dillard

“Black HairThe Los Angeles school board slashes its police force and diverts $25 million to services for Black students” by Josh Campbell and Scottie Andrew

“From Slavery to Colonialism and School Rules, Navigating the History of Myths about Black Hair” by Hlonipha Mokoena

“When Natural Hair Wins, Discrimination in School Loses” by Brenda Alvarez

Black Male Educators Create Space for Joy by Coshandra Dillard

Flag & Anthem

“Bubba Wallace explains why he encouraged NASCAR to ban Confederate flag” by Shane Walters

“Let’s Take the National Anthem Literally, and the Songwriter at His Word” by Martenzie Johnson

“I Will Not Argue About the Confederate Flag.” by Kevin Gannon

“The history of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the Black anthem being played at NFL games” by DeNeen L. Brown

White Privilege & Dealing with Racist People

“What Is White Privilege, Really?” by Cory Collins

“How to Talk with Your Black Friends About Race” by Kristen Rogers

“How to Deal with Racist People” by Jens Korff

“Anti-racism Resources to Become a Better Ally” by Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. (links to books, organizations, podcasts, and TV shows on antiracism)

“Why I Stopped Talking About Racial Reconciliation and Started Talking About White Supremacy” by Erna Kim Hackett

Media & Industry

“Why We’re Capitalizing Black” by Nancy Coleman

“Fashion & Music Should ALSO Stop Its Native American Cultural Appropriation” by Alec Banks

“Appropriation of Indigenous Culture in the Fashion Industry” by Annelise DeRoche

“How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture” by Christian Allaire

Racist Images & Mascots

“A Look at the History of Racist Images and Brands as Companies Remove Them” by Lowell Rose

“Jesus wasn’t white: he was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Here’s why that matters” by Robyn J. Whitaker

“How Native American Team Names Distort Your Psychology” by Zack Stanton

“Ending the Era of Harmful ‘Indian’ Mascots” by National Congress of American Indians

Voting & The Environment

“Keystone pipeline’s path cuts across Native American land, history” by Steven Mufson

Voter Suppression Is Warping Democracy” by Vann Newkirk II

‘I’ll be fierce for all of us’: Deb Haaland, first Native American named interior secretary, accepts nomination” by Shweta Sharma

Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority by Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow, and Russ Bynum

Anti-Asian Racism

“Trader Joe’s petition: Grocer asked to remove ‘racist packaging’ of brands including Trader José’s, Trader Ming’s” by Kelly Tyko

“Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Asian American racism is the unfunny joke the comedy world needs to reckon with” by Naveen Kumar

Intersectionality & Identity

“The Movement for Black Trans Lives” by Jon Allsop

“Kimberlé Crenshaw on Intersectionality, More than Two Decades Later” by Columbia Law School

Envisioning Abolition: A Curriculum and Facilitation Guide on Abolition and Anti-Racism cultivated by members of the Envisioning Abolition Discussion Groups, a program of the Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative


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