JULY 2020
The Carter School Research Spotlight:
The Spectre of Civil Death in the United States 
Virtual Event , July 22, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join Mason's  Carter School For Peace and Conflict Resolution  (formerly the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution) as we showcase research of our esteemed faculty in a series focused on our current research. In this discussion, Carter School Associate Professor  Dr. Patrica Maulden  will examine the back story to mass convictions, incarcerations, and disenfranchisements. Civil death, while initially framed as related to a crime or infraction of law, continues to follow the formerly incarcerated to the grave. 

The Alliance for Housing Solutions:
Housing and Discrimination Reading List
Many of us are taking some time to listen, read, and understand more about race, racism, and white privilege as we grapple with police brutality and much broader racial inequality that it relates to.
AHS has compiled a list of articles and books related to housing and discrimination to help understand the historical context of our current reality. You can check it out here .
If you have additional recommendations or thoughts to share you can join the conversation on our online platform  Housing Action Arlington.

The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

The Rise of Respectability Politics: Dissent Magazine
Respectability politics have been defined as, "the set of beliefs holding that conformity to socially acceptable or mainstream standards of appearance and behavior will protect a member of a marginalized or minority group from prejudices and systemic injustices". Phrases like "pull up your pants" or "speaking proper" can be part of this phenomenon.

Learn more about how respectability politics have affected conversations about race since the beginning here .
George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice: The Daily Social Distancing Show
Trevor Noah gives an insightful look at the Incidents which have connected and created the moment we are in right now with the protests and rallies over black lives.

Watch the clip here .

The Meyer Foundation has designed a
Racial Equity Toolkit
The toolkit is separated into sections to make it easy to navigate.

Thank you for  The Nonprofit Village  for sharing your equity resources where this was included.
A Double Take on Lynching with Susan Strasser and Marcia E. Cole
Historian Susan Strasser has written, “History is not a collection of facts, but a way of thinking about how things change…I believe history offers a way for us to become honest with ourselves.”

A White historian and an African-American poet team up to view the history of lynching in this country with fresh eyes. What do we discover when we become curious about parts of our past that are shameful and violent? How might choosing to be curious about lynching's historic context and continuing consequences help us move forward?

Things to Do from the Washingtonian Magazine

The National Museum of African American History & Culture has released " Talking About Race " a web portal with free resources for you to learn how to talk about race and racism.
"A rash of racially charged incidents—from an altercation in Central Park to acts of police brutality resulting in the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the protests they provoked in cities around the country—prompted the museum to move up the release date of Talking About Race," wrote the institution in a press release. White folks, this one’s for you. If you’re unsure of what you can do right now, educating yourself is a good first step. There are suggestions for how to talk about racism with your kids, coworkers, students, and more. Listen to Ibram X. Kendi, the founder of American University’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center, examine " The Invention of Race " . Watch lawyer/critical race theorist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw discuss "The Urgency of Intersectionality" in a  TED Talk . Learn about  whiteness  from scholar Robin DiAngelo, the author of  White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism . Read more about the portal  here . If you’re looking for ways to support local protesters, my colleague Daniella Byck wrote about  what you can do right now .
Resources from the Othering and Belonging Institute

Read a Special note from Associate Director Denise Herd here . It includes the work of her colleagues at the Institute on "George Floyd and the Struggle to Belong".

Honoring the Proud African American Legacy on the Pike

Columbia Pike and South Arlington have been called home by several African American trailblazers, activists, and organizations that work toward the noble goals of equality and freedom for all. Columbia Pike celebrate the people and places that have contributed to our community’s history and diversity.

Read more here .
Sixty Years Ago, A Two-Week Civil Rights Battle Raged Across Arlington Eateries

Arlingtonians are marching in the streets protesting for racial justice, but 60 years ago that fight took the form or sit-ins at Arlington lunch counters.

Read more here .
Check out the resources that our facilitators Dawn Kyser and Stephanie Hammel shared with their APS Learning How Group at Campbell / Tuckahoe APS
Videos & Podcasts


  • Washington Post: Two black men say they were kicked out of Walmart for wearing protective masks. Others worry it will happen to them.

  • Newsone: How Coronavirus Affects Black People: Civil Rights Groups Call Out Racial Health Disparities

  • The New York Times: The Hardest Questions Doctors May Face: Who Will Be Saved? Who Won't?

  • NPR: When Xenophobia spreads like a virus

  • Washington Post: Perspective | In the hands of racist officials, the COVID-19 pandemic may be a weapon

  • The Root: Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics
Teaching Tolerance Resources and Others for Talking to Children

  • Teaching Tolerance: Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (aimed at kids but broadly applicable)

  • Embrace Race: Supporting Children in the Struggle Against COVID-19
Watch here two videos written and drawn by Alisha Foster; she is a Yorktown senior and daughter of alumna Ami Foster.These cartoons were originally drawn for the  Let’s Talk  walk-in conversation series that Ami Foster and LaTonya Francis led in the Fall of 2018 at the Central Library. Both videos are used here with Alisha's permission. We thank her for sharing her good work with all of us.
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