170 Scholarly Articles & Professional Essays

Amy Minervini

Often, your instructor will want you to use scholarly articles to support your claims. Articles in peer-reviewed journals offer extra layers of primary and secondary research that informs the writers’ claims. Scholarly articles are ones typically found in your library database that requires your student login and password to access these high quality sources from professional journals from all over the world. Google Scholar is another way to access some peer reviewed sources, but full articles may not always be available. Your best avenue for finding the best sources in full text or that can be ordered via interlibrary loan is through your academic library.

Essays, published on their own or part of a book or magazine, offer more reflection and/or body of evidence than a popular article in a newspaper or online site. What appears below are some free access to scholarly articles and essays without needing access to your library database as well as a few that would need access through your library database. If your library doesn’t own these, then you can easily request access to these articles through your institution’s interlibrary loan program. These resources serve simply as entrance points into topics on disenfranchisement and strategies for rising above marginalization, and we invite you to use your college’s academic library database to find a more robust selection of sources on topics of interest to you:

Scholarly Articles

Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, edited by Frankie Condon and Vershawn Ashanti Young

“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo

African American Gender and Performance AND Code Switching articles by Vershawn Ashanti Young

“Information Code-Switching: A Study of Language Preferences in Academic Libraries” by Frans Albarillo

SAGE Journals (links to scholarly articles on structural racism and police violence, unlocked for now)

“For Black men, being tall increases threat stereotyping and police stops” by Neil Hester and Kurt Gray

“‘You Make Me Wanna Holler and Throw up Both My Hands!’: Campus Culture, Black Misandric Microaggressions, and Racial Battle Fatigue” by William Smith, et al.


“A Report from Occupied Territory” by James Baldwin

“A Battle Between the Two Souls of America” by Ibram X. Kendi

“A House Still Divided” by Ibram X. Kendi

“America’s Moral Malady” by William J. Barber II

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health” by Olga Khazan

“Who Will Hold the Police Accountable?” by Ted Alcorn

“The Threat of Tribalism” by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

American Police by NPR’s Throughline

“Twelve Minutes and a Life” by Mitchell S. Jackson


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