Chapter 5: Racism and White Privilege

Alexander, M. (2012). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York: The New Press.

Bonilla-Silva, E. (2013). Racism without racists (4th ed.). Rowman and Littlefield.

Carnevale, A. P., & Strohl, J. (2013). Separate & unequal: How higher education reinforces intergenerational reproduction of white privilege. Washington DC: Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Center on Education and the Workforce.

Frederickson, G. M. (2002). Racism: A short history. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Haney-López, I. (1996). White by law: The legal construction of race. New York: New York University Press.

Jamal, A. A., & Naber, N. C. (2008). Race and Arab Americans before and after 9/11: From invisible citizens to visible subjects. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Neville, H. A., Gallardo, M. E., & Sue, D. W. (Eds.) (2016). The myth of racial color blindness: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact. American Psychological Association.

Ngai, M. M. (2004). Impossible subjects: Illegal aliens and the making of modern America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Painter, N. I. (2010). The history of white people: W.W. Norton & Company.

Rothstein, R. (2014). The making of Ferguson: Public policy and the root of its troubles. Washington, DC: The Economic Policy Institute. Retrieved from

Sullivan, L., Meschede, T., Dietrich, L., & Shapiro, T. (2015). The racial wealth gap: Why policy matters. New York: Demos. Retrieved from

Bell, L. A. (Producer) and Hancock, M. (Director) (2013). 40 years later: Now can we talk? [DVD]. United States: Teachers College Press.
In this film, black and white alumnae of the first desegregated class in their high school look back on that experience and the racism faced by black alums during that period. This is an excellent film for examining cross-race dialogue, racial microaggressions, the trauma of racism, and the impact of teachers.
Pew Research Center (2015, June 10). Multiracial American voices: What are you? [Video file]. Retrieved from
This video provides ten clips of multiracial people talking about their experiences with bias and how it impacts them personally. 
Brave New Films (2015, August 27). Immigrants for sale [Video file]. Retrieved from
This video clip demonstrates the connection between racism and the immigrant prison industrial complex. The video also shows the intersections between race and class.
ERASE Racism (n.d.). A tale of two schools: Race and education on Long Island [Video file]. Retrieved from
This short film follows two African-American teenagers during their senior year of high school. While the two students have a lot in common, they go to very different schools. The film spotlights these differences and the results of disparities in the education system. The film also brings up the benefits that diverse environments provide for all students.
Adichie, C. N. (2009). The danger of a single story [Video file]. Retrieved from
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist who wrote such notable works as Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013). In this TED Talk, she tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that we risk a critical misunderstanding if we only hear or listen to a single story about other people or places.
Stevenson, B. (2012). We need to talk about an injustice [Video file]. Retrieved from
This video clip discusses the injustices in the prison industrial complex and urges us to build authentic human relations as a means to transform structural inequalities.
Alexander, M. (2013). The future of race in America [Video file]. Retrieved from
Michelle Alexander conducts a Ted Talk where she discusses the New Jim Crow in America.
Stanford website on Stereotype Threat. Offers definitions, research, and resources.
Racial Equity Tools. Offers articles, activities, and other resources for teaching about racism and justice.
SAALT Report: Under attack, under suspicion: Xenophobic political rhetoric and hate violence against South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the United States (2014).
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Implicit Bias. Offers research and resources for understanding implicit bias.
Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance. Speak up at school handbook.