"Cultural racism - the cultural images and messages that affirm the assumed superiority of whites and the assumed inferiority of people of color - is like smog in the air. Sometimes it is so thick it is visible, other times it is less apparent, but always day in and day out, we are breathing it in... To say it is not our fault does not relieve us of responsibility, however. We may not have polluted the air, but we need to take responsibility, along with others, for cleaning it up. Each of us needs to look at our behavior. Am I perpetuating and reinforcing the negative messages so pervasive in our culture, or am I seeking to challenge them? If I have not been exposed to positive images of marginalized groups, am I seeking them out, expanding my own knowledge base for myself and my children? Am I acknowledging and examining my own prejudices, my own rigid categorizations of others, thereby minimizing the adverse impact they might have on my interactions with those I have categorized? Unless we engage in these and other conscious acts of reflection and reeducation, we easily repeat the process with our children."

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Students Sitting By Themselves?

Educating Ourselves

The resources on this page are gathered to help the membership of our organization understand the history of racism, and to begin to reflect on our own teaching practice, so that we can become more anti-racist in our math instruction. 

A History of Oppression, Exploitation, and Resistance 

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the NY Times is a major contribution in understanding the legacy of slavery with "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative." There is also a 1619 Project Podcast (available online and through Spotify)

    Seeing White (Season 2 from Scene on Radio): This podcast explores the current state of the US through a history of racism focused on the history, and explicit creation, of "whiteness."  

    Brene Brown interviewing Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist ideas in America (and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, which is a YA version and suitable for ABE students)

    The History is Long, The History is Deep: An interview with Isabel Wilkerson (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Sons) about the Great Migration

    We Need to Talk about an Injustice: Videos by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, and founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative

    The Case For Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic, June 2014)

    13th - a Netflix documentary by Ava Duvernay

    My Dungeon Shook and the Chains Fell Off: A Letter to my Nephew by James Baldwin, 1963 (read by Jesse Martin) 

    Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook

    Project Implicit has created a series on online Implicit Association Tests that work as smog detectors, giving us a window into our own unconscious biases. 

    Archeology of Self by Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz

    Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools A conversation between Bettina Love, Gholdy Muhammad, and Dena Simmons, moderated by Brian Jones and co-sponsored by Haymarket Books & the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (1 hour, 30 minutes)

      Anti-Racist Math Education 

      What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently by Pirette Mckamey (The Atlantic, June 2020)

      "The only measure of our anti-racist teaching will be the academic success of all of our students, including our black students."

      Does Race Matter by Dr. Danny Martin (NCTM Teaching Children Mathematics, October 2009)

      "We must be aware that our beliefs in racial achievement gaps can motivate us to appropriate or develop negative beliefs about African American children and prevent us from seeing them as the intellectually capable, competent doers of mathematics that they are."

      20 Judgements a Teacher Makes in 1 Minute and 28 SecondsMath education researcher Deborah Lowenberg Ball has done extensive work around what she calls, "discretionary spaces," which refer to all the judgements teachers have to make moment to moment. Through her research she hopes to help teachers look for implicit biases, subtle racism and sexism and change their practice. In this article (and accompanying video), she explores 1 minute and 28 seconds of her class and counts 20 micro moments where she had to decide how to react. 

        Seattle Public Schools K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework with Learning Targets and Essential Questions organized around 4 themes: (1) Origins, Identity, & Agency, (2) Power & Oppression , (3) History of Resistance & Liberation, and (4) Reflection & Action

        How Does Race Effect a Students' Math Education? (The Atlantic, April 2017)

        Crime & Punishment: A Tale of Changing Beliefs by Jenna Laib - Recommended by Amy Vickers (WI) "Jenna tells a compelling story that really illustrates the value of adult numeracy in understanding the world around us, especially using numeracy to question what we already know or think we know."


          TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

          Nepantla Teachers Community"Our mission is to create a space for mathematics educators to develop critical perspectives by forming a community that can support and push each other toward equitable and just practices. We support this work by developing and exploring teachers’ own identities in the context of their race, gender, and class.  Our goal is to develop teacher leaders who will advocate for students who are traditionally marginalized."

          Abolitionist Teaching Network Abolitionist Teaching Network's mission is simple: develop and support educators to fight injustice within their schools and communities. Utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of community organizers, Abolitionist Teachers will organize and take action for educational freedom. 


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