ARC Resources

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor

ARC-AntiRacism Committee

WORKING TO IDENTIFY, DESCRIBE, AND DISMANTLE RACISM

Vision

To live in a more equal, inclusive, and just community.

Mission

To raise awareness, present informative programs, and offer opportunities for active discussion designed to help end racism and injustice, in an environment of support that encourages personal action by members.

Founded as a response to the massive social upheaval in our country, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor ARC has determined to engage with the issues around social justice, police conduct, racism and inequality.

These issues are fraught with controversy.  In ARC meetings we regularly disagree with one another on many issues.  But we ask ourselves, if we in Rotary can’t resolve these conflicts and be effective, how can we expect any group or family or nation to?

ARC acknowledges that we all need the opportunity to explore the ideas and views we were raised with if we are to embrace new ones.  We believe it’s essential that people can speak without being judged. Our goal is to engage our fellow members, and work at enlarging the Rotary heart and mind, always in keeping with the 4-Way test.  It is a journey of personal growth viewed through the lens of community and human rights rather than divisive politics.

We invite you to share your ideas, your reservations, your views and your time.

                  Resources: Educating and Enlightening Ourselves

This section presents resources recommended by ARC members and others that cast light on topics from various perspectives. This Resource Collection is updated regularly; your contributions are welcome.

Articles

 

Books

ACHO, EMMANUEL

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man (2020)

“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.”

ANDERSON, CAROL

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2017)

Anderson chronicles white reaction, pushback, and attempts to roll back every advance African Americans have made toward full participation in our democracy, since passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.

BALDWIN, JAMES

The Fire Next Time (1963)

Two letters written by Baldwin on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. “A sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, testament, and chronicle, all presented in searing, brilliant prose.” – The NYTimes Book Review

 BLIGHT, DAVID

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2020)

Blight won the Pulitzer Prize in History for this biography of Douglass – “the most important African American of the 19th century” – an escaped slave who became a great orator and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of his day.

BOYLE, KEVIN

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (2005)

The story of a sensational murder trial in Detroit in 1925.  Winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

 BROWN, AUSTIN CHANNING

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (2018)

Channing Brown – named “Austin” by her parents to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man – writes about growing up in majority-white schools and churches where she “had to learn what it means to love blackness.”

COATES, TA-NEHISI

Between the World and Me (2015)

What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? Coates writes this book as a letter to his adolescent son.

DIANGELO, ROBIN

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018)

HOBBS, JEFF

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (2014)

HUDSON, WADE AND CHERYL WILLIS

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth (2020)

Children’s book of essays, stories, poems and letters about “the hard conversations we all need to have about race.”

New York Times book review,  Oct. 11, 2020 – “Black and White and Living Color”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/11/books/review/wade-hudson-cheryl-willis-hudson-the-talk-conversations-about-race-love-and-truth.html?campaign_id=37&emc=edit_rr_20201012&instance_id=23060&nl=race%2Frelated&regi_id=53151432&segment_id=40699&te=1&user_id=0c6034280d395d966d84c5c684c527c8

KENDI, IBRAM X.

How to Be An Anti-Racist (2019)

In this “21st century manual of racial ethics,” Kendi argues that “there are only racists – people who allow racist ideas to proliferate without opposition – and antiracists, those who expose and eradicate such ideas wherever they encounter them.

New York Times book review, Aug 20, 2019

“Fighting Racism Even, and Especially, Where We Don’t Realize It Exists”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/books/review/how-to-be-an-antiracist-ibram-x-kendi.html

Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, YesMagazine.org, Oct. 25, 2019

In his new book, Kendi challenges traditional definitions of racism, and who can be racist.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/10/25/racist-policy-antiracism-resist/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=YESDaily_20200803&utm_content=YESDaily_20200803+CID_4996398e6943a325efa65d43abc50877&utm_source=CM&utm_term=How%20to%20Be%20an%20Antiracist%20A%20Conversation%20with%20Ibram%20X%20Kendi

KENDI, IBRAM X.

Stamped From the Beginning (2020)

A history of anti-Black racist ideas and their effect on the course of American history.

KYI, TANYA LLOYD

This is Your Brain on Stereotypes:  How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias

Children’s book explaining key sociological and scientific research on racism and stereotyping.

New York Times book review,  Oct. 11, 2020 – “Black and White and Living Color”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/11/books/review/wade-hudson-cheryl-willis-hudson-the-talk-conversations-about-race-love-and-truth.html?campaign_id=37&emc=edit_rr_20201012&instance_id=23060&nl=race%2Frelated&regi_id=53151432&segment_id=40699&te=1&user_id=0c6034280d395d966d84c5c684c527c8

LITWAK, LEON

Trouble in Mind (1998)

UCal-Berkeley professor’s history and account of the brutal age of Jim Crow. 

ROBERTS, DOROTHY

 Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the 21st Century (2012)

An analysis of race, science, politics, and how the myth of biological concepts of race undermines a just society and promotes inequality in a supposedly ‘post-racial’ era

ROTHSTEIN, RICHARD

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2018)

A “masterful” history on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and reinforced racial segregation in metropolitan areas nationwide.

RUTHERFORD, ADAM

How to Argue With a Racist:  What Our Genes Do (and Don’t) Say About Human Difference (2020)

A dismantling of common stereotypes and racist pseudoscience that fuels hatred, endangers lives and corrodes our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence by illuminating what modern genetics can and cannot tell us about human difference based on race.

SAAD, LAYLA

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor  (2020)

NYTimes and USA Today bestseller, based on a viral Instagram challenge using 28-day practice and journal prompts to help readers “unpack their biases and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and help other white people do better, too.”

SMITH, MYCHAL DENZEL

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream (2020)

STEVENSON, BRYAN

Just Mercy  (2014)

Memoir by law professor and MacArthur grant recipient Stevenson on his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly  (1852)

Classic anti-slavery novel said to have “helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War.”

 

TATUM, BEVERLY DANIEL

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  And Other Conversations About Race (2017)

 

WALLIS, JIM

America’s Original Sin (2017)

Christian activist Wallis calls to Christians, particularly white and evangelical Christians, to “cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.”

WILKERSON, ISABEL

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020)

link to New York Times Book Review, updated Aug 3, 2020

Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ About Our Abiding Sin

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/books/review-caste-isabel-wilkerson-origins-of-our-discontents.html

WILKERSON, ISABEL

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011)

Wilkerson chronicles the decades-long migration – from 1915 to 1970 – of almost six million Black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.

WILLIAMS, KIDADA E.

They Left Great Marks Upon Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I

Wayne State professor’s history of racial violence, taken from testimony by African Americans.

BOOK LISTS

NPR

“This list of Books, Films and Podcasts About Racism is a Start, Not a Panacea June 6, 2020

Link to a short list of books and films to watch about racism.

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea

 Films/Movies

ESQUIRE

“These Essential Movies From Black Filmmakers Confront Systemic Racism in America”

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g32742390/movies-about-race/

NPR

“This list of Books, Films and Podcasts About Racism is a Start, Not a Panacea June 6, 2020

Link to a short list of books and films to watch about racism.

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea

USA TODAY

USA Today list:  20 compelling movies and TV shows that show racism in America

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/06/05/stream-these-20-compelling-movies-tv-shows-racism-america/3135829001/

Films you need to watch about race in America

https://nofilmschool.com/2016/07/20-films-you-need-to-watch-about-race-in-america

Black History movies that tackle racism

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/black-history-movies-that-tackle-racism

Feature Films

“Green Book” 

“Harriet”  (2019)

Biographical story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of the leading conductors on the Underground Railroad.  Dir: Kasi Lemmons.  Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Vondie Curtis-Hall.

“Harriet” IMDB – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4648786/

How historically accurate is the movie “Harriet”?

https://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/harriet/

“Just Mercy”

add review and or IMDB page

“Mississippi Burning” (1988)

Two FBI agents arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of three

 civil rights activists. Dir: Alan Parker. Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

“Mississippi Burning” IMDB – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095647/

“FILM: Fact vs. Fiction in Mississippi”  by Wayne King, The New York Times, Dec. 4. 1988

https://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/04/movies/film-fact-vs-fiction-in-mississippi.html

“Selma”

add review and or IMDB page

Videos

ALEXANDER, VALERIE  (TEDx Talk)

 “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” Oct 22, 2018 (17 min 23 sec)

TEDxPasadena

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP-cqFLS8Q4

ANGELOU, MAYA,

“We Wear the Mask” Feb 6, 2017 (4 min 42 sec)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HLol9InMlc&list=RD_HLol9InMlc&start_radio=1&t=7

BBC NEWS

“Three generations on the impact of George Floyd’s death” July 12, 2020  (3 min 32 sec)

“For three generations of one family – Leonard, who was born into the era of Jim Crow laws and segreagation; his nephew Duane; and his 16-year-old son Nijel — the death of George Floyd made them reflect on growing up as black men in America/

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-53370840/three-generations-on-the-impact-of-george-floyd-s-death

CANNAD, RASHIM

“An Inconvenient Truth”  June 1, 2020  (11 min 19 sec)

Independent filmmaker Rashim Cannad takes us on a journey from the year the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” came out and his first son was born, to the uprisings in the streets across the U.S. after the murder of George Floyd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEMP4v5j7LM&feature=youtu.be

CONLEY, CHRIS

“On ‘Black Lives Matter’ June 5, 2020 (4 min 37 sec)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver speaks at rally and march in Jacksonville, FL

https://www.si.com/nfl/jaguars/news/column-jaguars-chris-conley-leaves-his-mark-during-fridays-team-march

CUT.COM

Black Parents Explain to Children How to Deal With Police  (5 min 30 sec)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coryt8IZ-DE

ELLIOTT, JANE

“Prominent Racial Activist Jane Elliott Calls In To Ebro In The Morning” Jul 12, 2016 (13 min 48 sec)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i8E5r6kLds&list=PLpGwCuF2hVma_xi8uLmwwrc5e6d8Zt3d4&index=16&t=0s&app=desktop

FUNCHESS, MELANIE  (TEDx Talk)

“Implicit Bias – How it affects us and how we push through”  Oct. 16, 2014  (16 min 12 sec)

TEDxFlourCity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr8G7MtRNlk&feature=emb_rel_end

GATES, HENRY LOUIS, JR.

“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”  2013

https://www.pbs.org/show/african-americans-many-rivers-cross/#:~:text=This%20series%20chronicles%20the%20full,nation%20deeply%20divided%20by%20race.

Six-episode PBS series on the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent to today’s racially-divided nation.  Preview of series:

https://www.pbs.org/video/african-americans-many-rivers-cross-african-americans-many-rivers-cross-preview/  (30 sec)

Ep 1 – “The Black Atlantic” (53 min)

Ep 2 – “The Age of Slavery” (53 min)

Ep 3 – “Into the Fire (1861-1896)” (56 min)

Ep 4 – “Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)” (53 min)

Ep 5 – “Rise! (1940-1968)” (53 min)

Ep 6 – “A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)” (53 min)

GEE, ALEX – “Black Like Me with Dr. Alex Gee” podcast

“Inviting White Cops Into The Struggle: A Conversation with Former Cop Chad Melton” – June 2, 2020 (1 hr 35 min 39 sec)

Conversation with Chad Melton, a white man who is a former police officer and now a pastor, and Anthony Ward, an African American former police officer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e69bCTR87Y0

GORDON, RAYNA  (TEDx Talk)

“Don’t be a savior, be an ally”  February, 2019  (9 min 22 sec)

TEXxPineCrest School

Gordon talks about how we can all learn to be advocates for positive social change. 

https://www.ted.com/talks/rayna_gordon_don_t_be_a_savior_be_an_ally

JEFFRIES, HASAN KWAME (TEDx Talk)

“Confronting Hard History”  May 8, 2020 (13 min 42 sec)

TEDxOhioStateUniversity

Historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries explores “Hard History” – aspects of America’s past that are difficult to engage with because of what they reveal about who we were and who we are as a nation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Lhhsd9EB8

JONES, CAROLYN, Rotarian Action Group for Peace, June 18, 2020  (6 min 32 sec)

“Stand for Peace with Carolyn”

RAGFP Board Director Carolyn Jones asks us all to reflect and stand on the right side of history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KRBppGqNZU

JORDAN, JAMON, C-Span Video Library, 2019

Several 2019 videos by Black historian and educator Jamon Jordan, including “Detroit’s Birwood Wall,” “Escaped Slaves in Detroit,” “Detroit’s Paradise Valley,” and “Martin Luther King and the Walk to Freedom”

https://www.c-span.org/person/?jamonjordan

 KENDI, IBRAM X

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (At Home), June 26, 2020  (12 min 24 sec)

“Creating a more equitable society is in White Americans’ Self Interest”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCUOX3NMd4U

KENDI, IBRAM X.

2010 “How to Be Anti-Racist” 2010 (54 min)

Conversation with Kendi recorded at 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it – and then dismantle it.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzuOlyyQlug

KRZYZEWSKI, MIKE

“Black Lives Matter” June 26, 2020 (2 min 46 sec)

Duke basketball coach in video statement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDH56J2_ZmI

LILY.COM (The Washington Post) –

“Why you need to keep talking about race with your white family” July 23, 2020 (5 min 29 sec)

“As Americans think more critically about what it means to be anti-racist, many people are starting their journey at home by confronting racist white family members. It’s not exactly an easy discussion to have. This episode is about how to ensure these conversations are effective.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/the-lily/why-you-need-to-keep-talking-about-race-with-your-white-family/2020/07/23/67e45dc3-cf46-498a-9391-29579ede7bca_video.html

MCGHEE, HEATHER (TED Talk)

“Racism has a cost for everyone”  December, 2019 (14 min 13 sec)

TEDWomen 2019

Public policy expert McGhee shares research on how racism fuels bad policymaking and makes our economy worse.

https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_c_mcghee_racism_has_a_cost_for_everyone?language=en

NPR

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’  July 3, 2020  (6 min 58 sec)

5 young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech,

“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBe5qbnkqoM&feature=youtu.be

PBS NEWSHOUR

“I Still Can’t Breathe”  July 22, 2020  (6 min 25 sec)

Four years ago, the Chester Children’s Chorus in Pennsylvania responded to the death of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and other Black Americans by recording an original song, “I Still Can’t Breathe.” Now teens and young adults, the former choir members see their song as tragically relevant in the wake of George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/show/i-still-cant-breathe-a-youth-choirs-message-on-police-violence-has-fresh-relevance

PHIPPS, WINTLEY

“Amazing Grace”  July 27, 2020 (3 min 28 sec)

Singer Wintley Phipps sings “Amazing Grace” in the Capitol Rotunda for late Congressman John Lewis, as Lewis’s body lies in state

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdSAhRH7M8Q

PROCTER & GAMBLE

“The Look”  June 2, 2020

Short video depicting “the look” given a young black man in several circumstances – walking on the street, in a men’s clothing store, in a pool, in a diner, in a courtroom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJav36Nbn58&t=29s

Related discussion guide on this and other microaggressions at www.talkaboutbias.com

SMITH, CLINT (TED Talk)

“The danger of silence.”  July 2014 (4 min 11 sec)

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t.”

TED@NYC Talk by poet and teacher Clint Smith, on finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_the_danger_of_silence?language=en#t-1019

STEVENSON, BRYAN (TED Talk)

“We need to talk about an injustice.”  March, 2012  (23 min 26 sec)

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: one-third of the Black male population in the U.S. has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en

THURSTON, BARATUNDE (TED Talk)

“How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time”  April, 2019 (16 min 43 sec)

Often funny but always serious, this TED Talk by Thurston — a stand-up comedian, and former writer for “The Daily Show” and “The Onion” – employs humor and wit to lower barriers, tensions and white  defensiveness about racism.

https://www.ted.com/talks/baratunde_thurston_how_to_deconstruct_racism_one_headline_at_a_time

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – THE STEVE FUND

Young, Gifted, @Risk and Resilient: A Video Toolkit to Support the Well-Being of Students of Color

Video toolkit developed by The Steve Fund, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan.

https://medium.com/national-center-for-institutional-diversity/young-gifted-risk-and-resilient-4bc84efca3c6

Six videos:

“The Weight”

“Campus Climate and How it Impacts the Mental Health of Students of Color”

“Microaggressions Can Take a Psychological Toll on Students of Color”

“Campus Climate Trauma: Students of Color Living and Reliving Traumatic Experiences”

“Campus Climate Trauma: Students of Color Become Resilient and Heal”

“Activism for Healing and Thriving: Supporting Students of Color in Building Agency”

Websites

 

Get Involved

Rotarians are people of action! This informational chart offers

a variety of options for outreach in our community. The goals of the organizations listed

align with those of ARC, in bringing greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to our community.

We encourage you to get involved!  Let us know of other programs that we can add to the list.

Click here for a link to our activities chart.

 

ARC Presentations

Throughout the year, ARC sponsors speakers during our regular meetings.

The links below take you to those presentations. Each last no more than 30 minutes.

ARC Banners

Our weekly Harpoon newsletter carries a banner as a visual reminder and short statement encouraging us to ponder the issue of Racism in our community.