“Of the East India Breed …”: The First South Asians in British North America
by Brinda Charry
The known records of the first south Asian people in Virginia are not voluminous, but they direct our attention to the complexities of racial identity in early America and the global networks of trade and labor that would make the British Empire.
Claiming a Latino Place in Chicago
by Mike Amezcua
Like their African American contemporaries, ethnic Mexicans in Chicago have a long history of organizing to overturn residential segregation.
SOURCE: London Review of Books
Francesca Morgan Dissects the American Obsession with Genealogy
by Thomas Laqueur
Questions about how Americans practice genealogy are in some ways less interesting that questions about why they do; all genealogies are ways of constructing pasts that explain and justify the present, and in America they are impossible to disentangle from racism.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Should the Census Consider Latinos a "Race"?
by Geraldo Cadava
Although major Latino civil rights organizations have endorsed a proposal to combine two census questions and make "Hispanic or Latino" a racial category. Afro-Latino/a advocates say that this would make it impossible to evaluate internal divisions around skin color and ancestry.
A Writer Reflects on Four Enlightening and Challenging Lunches with the Father of Black Liberation Theology
by J. Chester Johnson
The author shared Arkansas roots with the influential theologian and teacher, from opposite sides of the color line. Their exchanges showed the possibilities of reconciliation and the height of the barriers created by racism in Americans' shared history.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
On Gates and Curran's "Who's Black and Why"
by John Samuel Harpham
"Like all ideas, race has a history. There was a time before it. In turn conceptions of it have shifted over time, and it has been charged with different meanings in different settings." Gates and Curran have identified a little-studied collection of 1739 essays on race that mark a key shift in the idea.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Clarifying the Census Bureau's Accounting of "White" Identity Puts Demographic Change in Perspective
by Morris Levy, Richard Alba and Dowell Myers
The 2020 Census seemed to show the white population was in freefall. But few questioned whether differences between the 2010 and 2020 censuses reflected real demographic change or simply statistical noise as the the Census makes incomplete progress toward accounting for multiracial identity.
I'm a Black Woman Who's Met All the Standards for Promotion. I'm Not Waiting to Reward Myself
by Koritha Mitchell
A professor approaching promotion says that racism and sexism in the academy presents psychological burdens that women faculty of color must overcome by practicing purposeful self-care and not waiting for external validation.
SOURCE: The New York Times
Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’
First came early data showing that the coronavirus affected African-Americans disproportionately. Then came the fight for a fair response and recovery.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Pete Buttigieg’s race problem
by Tyler D. Parry
He doesn’t truly understand the problems plaguing black America and their racist roots.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts
by Evadne Kelly and Carla Rice
The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them to artists and communities.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’
by Michelle Alexander
From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial.
SOURCE: Boston Review
The Radical Lives of Abolitionists
by Britt Rusert
History has tended to sanitize the lives of abolitionists, many of whom were involved in other radical movements as well, including Free Love, which promoted women’s independence and an end to traditional marriage. A review of Holly Jackson's American Radicals: How Nineteenth-Century Protest Shaped the Nation.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share
by Richard Rothstein
Persistent housing segregation lies at the root of many of our society’s problems. Trump wants to make it worse.
What Dreams of Canada Tell Us About Race in America
by April Rosenblum
At a time when American casualties in Vietnam were disproportionately African American, most of those who successfully made it to Canada to resist the draft were white.
Confederate Monuments in National Perspective
by Thomas J. Brown
Northern monuments established a foundation for the argument that Confederate military service deserves recognition although rendered in a deplorable cause.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Memo from a historian: White ladies cooking in plantation museums are a denial of history
by Kelley Fanto Deetz
I spent a decade researching and writing about enslaved plantation cooks and lecture on the topic at historic sites.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Professor Removed Then Reinstated Over Discussion on Race
Louisiana Tech University briefly removed an instructor of history from teaching over class discussions on race and other topics before reinstating him this month.
The Problem with Ken Burns' Country Music
by Peter LaChapelle
What would a Country Music that deals with country music’s complicated and often problematic political history look like?
SOURCE: AHA Perspectives
History Has a Race Problem, and It’s Existential
by Allison Miller
White people dominate the study of history, as students and as those who earn PhDs.
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