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Where to find education on racism

New Trier Library has compiled both firsthand past and present accounts of being Black in America
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School administration put up posters of MLK around the school, each labeled with quotes related to civil rights

As MLK day has passed and Black History Month is upon us, now is an especially good time to be educated about racism. Given that Trevians exist in a predominantly white neighborhood, there is a distinct lack of education and a diverse point of view readily available. Given the spread of misinformation across social media and the sadly laughable ease of which people are radicalized over the internet, it is important to know where you can find reliable sources. It is hard to distinguish misinformation from actual information, however there are a ton of easily accessible resources. Below is the link to some books and other resources that the New Trier library has compiled for education about Black History Month:  https://newtrier.libguides.com/blackhistory 

Some things to be highlighted are:

  • “1619” by the New York Times,  is an audio series about the influence of institutional slavery on America takes a look at how slavery has shaped aspects of the American past and the present: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html.
  • A link to a video on YouTube, highlighting a deeper glimpse into Dr. King, taking a step away from the anti-violent peaceful preacher image that is found in most history textbooks, in particular highlighting the tense relationship between the FBI: https://youtu.be/dOWDtDUKz-U. 
  • A two hour documentary, which provides insights into black households across America, giving glimpses of their painful awareness of discrimination they face. The Talk-Race in America, attempts to document the conversation between parent and child about how to act when confronted by law enforcement: https://www.pbs.org/video/talk-race-america-talk-race-america.
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