In the Spring of 2020, Sherril Knezel, was able to transform some of our previous #ClearTheAir Zoom discussions into graphic recordings. Please take a look!
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Face-to-Face Zoom with Paul Gorski
We had an amazing discussion with Paul Gorski on Wednesday, January 29. I didn’t realize the capacity was only 100 people. That left more than 300 of you out of the Zoom. Fear not! Here is the link to watch it at your convenience. Thanks for your support.
Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education, Noliwe Rooks, Phd
How to be Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, Phd
Understanding and Empowering Immigrant Youth in School Communities, Joseph Cordova, Esq.
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The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
“We look inside schools – and at the relationships between the schools and their communities – and see, in microcosm, the struggles over how we define and enact equality, justice, oppression, and democracy in our society.”The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Due Process in the Classroom, Joseph Cordova, Esq.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History, Jeanne Theoharis
“Talking about racism through the history of the civil rights movement provided an easier way to speak about inequality, but then largely rendered the fight against it in the past.”A More Beautiful and Terrible History, Jeanne Theoharis
Face-to-Face Zoom with Matthew R. Kay
This summer, #ClearTheAirRDU led us in the study Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom. They also convinced Matthew R. Kay to join us for a conversation on Zoom.
White Rage, Carol Anderson
“The trigger for white rage, inevitably, is black advancement. It is not the mere presence of black people that is the problem; rather it is blackness with ambition, with drive, with purpose, with aspirations, and with demands for full and equal citizenship. It is blackness that refuses to accept subjugation, to give up.”White Rage, Carol Anderson
I forgot to hit record at the beginning so you missed gems like ‘ham damn mercy’, but catch us in the middle of a riveting conversation. Dr. Anderson was discussing affirmative action.
Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Teaching Tolerance Podcast
“You don’t know who you are as an American unless you know the story of slavery.”Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Christy Clark-Pujara
Dare to Lead, Brene Brown
“Courage is contagious. To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded.”Dare to Lead, Brene Brown
Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby
“If you are preparing young people for freedom, then community is a better place for discipline than solitary confinement. It’s hard to learn freedom from inside a cage.”Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby
White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
“Interrupting the forces of racism is ongoing, lifelong work because the forces conditioning us into racist frameworks are always at play; our learning will never be finished.”White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary France Berry
“Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final act, but a continuing evolving process.”History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary Frances Berry
Addressing Social Justice Educator Burnout
“As social justice activists whose activism includes a variety of issues related to educational justice and rights, we have been concerned within our own activist communities about the lack of attention to self-care, substantial levels of activist burnout, and the lack of conversations about activist burnout and its implications on movements for educational justice.”Gorski, P. and Chen, C. (2015). “Frayed all over:” The causes and consequences of activist burnout among social justice education activists. Educational Studies, 51(5), 385-405.
Previous Discussions and Readings
When it was just a handful of us, we read the following texts:
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
- 13th, Ava Duvernay (Documentary)
- Racism Without Racists, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
- America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis