“We know what happens when good people remain silent,” NJEA President Marie Blistan said in response to violence incited by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. “We will speak and act boldly for the cause of racial and social justice, both as an example to our students and our communities, to help create the society we want to live in.”
NEA’s Centers for Communications and Social Justice have pulled together a variety of resources for educators, parents, and students at NEA.org/Charlottesville. Use #CharlottesvilleCurriculum to find and share education resources on social media.
In addition, as educators seek to respond to Charlottesville in this school year, Becca Mui, M. Ed., Education Manager at GLSEN, developed a list of thought-provoking resources for educators as they address these issues in schools.
Mui notes that before we can teach or talk with students about racism or other systems of oppression, we need to learn about ourselves and an often untaught history.
• 10 Books I wish my White Teachers Had Read, by Crystal Paul
• Why Talk about Whiteness? –Teaching Tolerance, by Emily Chiariello
• There is no Hierarchy of Oppressions – by Audre Lorde
You are not alone, Mui insists. Sharing resources like these with other educators, administrators, or family members in your school community can help them learn about these issues.
• Fighting Hate in Schools – NPR
• We need to Start Telling the Truth about White Supremacy in our Schools – Education Post, by James E. Ford
• The First Thing Teachers Should Do When School Starts is Talk about Hate In America – Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss
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