Racial communities & identities
This section consists of resources by, for, and about the experiences, marginalization, and activism in different racial communities in the U.S. I chose to only use texts written by people of color to center their knowledge, especially considering the long history of white people co-opting POC knowledge and creating inaccurate histories of POC communities. It is divided by community: Arab America, Asian America, Black America, Indigenous America, Latinx America, Mixed Race America, and Muslim America. If you have any suggestions on resources to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Representational Strategies for a “Post-Race” Era by Evelyn Alsultany
- BDS: What is it, why it matters by Leila Abdulrazzaq (zine)
- Beyond intent: Why we need a new paradigm to think about racialized violence by Evelyn Alsultany
How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi. Penguin Books (July 28, 2009).
Food for Our Grandmothers: Writing by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists by Joanna Kadi (please note that the author identifies as male and now uses the name Joe, but used Joanna at the time of publication). South End Press (July 1, 1999).
Exile's return: The making of a Palestinian American by Fawaz Turki. Free Press, 1994.
Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American women in the United States by Evelyn Shakir. Praeger (1997)
Teaching Arabs, Writing Self: Memoirs of an Arab American Woman by Evelyn Shakir. Olive Branch Press, 2012.
Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People (documentary film by Jack Shaheen)
Palestinian Justice Syllabus by POC Online Classrom
After: Poems by Fatimah Asghar. Yes Yes Books (2015). See TedX talk here.
Miss Cylon: Empire and Adoption in "Battlestar Galactica" by Juliana Hu Pegues
The Invisibility of Asian Americans – Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Passing It On by Yuri Kochiyama. UCLA Asian American Studies Press Center (2004)
At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 by Erika Lee. The University of North Carolina Press; First Paperback Edition edition (May 19, 2003)
The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writing by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women by Sharon Lim-Hing. Sister Vision (August 26, 1998)
Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics by Lisa Lowe. Duke University Press Books (1996)
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Square Fish; Reprint edition (December 23, 2008)
Coming Home: Queer South Asians and The Politics of Family by Alok-Vaid Menon
Song I Sing Poems by Bao Phi. Coffee House Press (2011)
From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption by SooJin Pate.Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 14, 2014)
Feminism and Race: Just Who Counts As a ‘Woman of Color’? by Lindsey Yoo
My Battle Against the Assumed Androgyny of Black Women by Aja Barber
Lemonade Syllabus by Candice Benbow, a pdf/book with over 200 art, literature, and historical resources celebrating black womanhood (named for Beyonce's 2016 visual album Lemonade)
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (full book)
“Walking While Black” by Garnette Cadogan
Teaching Hard History, Southern Poverty Law Center report on how slavery is taught
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (July 14, 2015)
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins (full book)
Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination by Patricia Hill Collins
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat (Chapters 1-8)
Performance Practice as a Site of Opposition by bell hooks (from Let’s Get it On: The Politics of Black Performance, edited by Catherine Ugwu)
All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith. The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 1, 1993).
Feminismos negros: Una antolgía edited by Mercedes Jabardo (full book in Spanish)
For the Record, a poem by Audre Lorde
An Open Letter to Mary Daly by Audre Lorde
The Autobiography of Malcom X. Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (November 1992).
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (full novel)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Anchor (March 4, 2014).
Caucasia by Danzy Senna. Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 1999)
Black Feminism and Intersectionality by Sharon Smith
The Black Radical Tradition, a massive pdf including more than 500 pages of writing by authors such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frances M. Beal, the Combahee River Collective, I Wor Kuen, and more (table of contents included). Learn more here.
Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, comic from the 1950s
Abolish Columbus Day resources from the Zinn Education Project
Native Lives Matter by the Lakota Law Project (report on police brutality)
Our own Native Lives Matter Syllabus (also linked in the menu bar)
Pablo Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection, Amherst University. Collection of over 1,400 texts written by Native Americans from 1772 to the present.
#StandingRockSyllabus (resources about settler-colonialism, environmental racism, and the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline)
Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women edited by Beth Brant (Degonwadonti). Firebrand Books; Revised edition (January 1, 1989)
Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West by Ned Blackhawk. Harvard University Press (April 30, 2008) Introduction here
Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community by Brenda Child. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. by Brenda Child. University of Nebraska Press (February 1, 2000)
inVISIBILITY: Indigenous in the city - Indigenous artists, Indigenous youth and the project of survivance by Susan Dion and Angela Salmanca
Dakota 38 Full Documentary (about contemporary commemorations of the Dakota War and the subsequent execution of 38 Dakota men)
Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria Jr. University of Oklahoma Press; (1st,1969) edition (1988) Chapter 3: The Disastrous Policy of Termination here
Refusal to forgive: Indigenous women’s love and rage by Rachel Flowers
Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations by Mishuana Goeman. Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 12, 2013). (conclusion here)
Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Tecumseh and other Heroes of Native Resistance by Vincent Schilling
Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Audra Simpson. Duke University Press Books (May 9, 2014) (chapter one available here)
Queering Resurgence: Taking on Heteropatriarchy in Indigenous Nation Building by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Indict the System: Indigenous and Black Connected Resistance by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii by Huanani-Kay Trask (University of Hawaii Pr; Rev Sub edition (June 1999).
Learning from the Land: Indigenous Land Based Pedagogy and Decolonization by Matthew Wildcat, Mandee McDonald, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, and Glen Coulthard
From a Native Trans daughter: Roots of an Indigenous Abolitionist Imaginary by Kalaniopua Young
How to Tame a Wild Tongue by Gloria Anzaldua
Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel. Arsenal Pulp Press (2015).
Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma by Anna Castillo, Plume; 2nd edition (September 1, 1995).
Latino Cultures in the US - digital archive
Latina Feminism: National and Transnational Perspectives by Cherise Charleswell
Cuentos: Stories by Latinas edited by Alma Gómez, and Cherríe Moraga, and Mariana Romo-Carmona. Out of print, but find a pdf of the introduction here.
The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (full book)
Latina Feminism: National and Transnational Perspectives by Cherise Charleswell
En La Lucha/In the Struggle: Elaborating a Mujerista Theology by Ada María Isasi-Díaz. Fortress Press (2009).
Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity by Aurora Levins Morales. South End Press (1999).
I Am Not Better Than My Mami by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys by Pedro Noguera, Aída Hurtado, Edward Fergus. Routledge (2011)
A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000 - 2010 by Cherrie Moraga. Duke University Press; 2011.
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. University of Texas Press (2015)
Are Hispanics White? by Franchesca Ramsey, MTV Decoded (video)
Xicanisma: The Chicana Feminist & Her Movement by Nicole Akoukou Thompson
Chicana Without Apology: The New Chicana Cultural Studies by Eden E. Torres. Routledge; 2003.
Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About by Carla Trujillo. Third Woman Press (1991).
Decolonize Your Mind: The Roots and Power of Xicanisma by Venceremos
- Anti-Semitism has no place in Palestine Advocacy by Yasmeen Serhan
- Making Our Movements Stronger by Resisting Antisemitism by Jonah S. Boyarin and Dania Rajendra
Why Does the United States Give So Much Money To Israel? by Emma Green
Newt, the Jews, and an “Invented People” by David Remnick
Zionism is Not Judaism by Ahmed Moor
What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Nakba, Donna Nevel
Can You Be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour says No by Collier Meyerson
Understanding Antisemitism: An Offering to Our Movement via Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
A Guide to Difficult Conversations About Israel and Palestine via Jewish Voice for Peace
MIXED RACE AMERICA
Caucasia by Danzy Senna. Riverhead Books, 1999.
100Metis - A website featuring videos by Metis people talking about their identity (available in English and French)
American Muslims: Fact Versus Fiction a Unity Productions Foundation Video
#BlackIslamSyllabus by Kayla Renee Wheeler
I'm A Muslim and I'm Tired of Explaining Myself an AJ+ Video
Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim Women by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi. Soft Skull Press; Original edition (February 17, 2012). (blog here)
Muslim Girl - A blog that works to eliminate stereotypes and create interfaith dialogue
A People’s History of Muslims in the United States by Alison Kysia
Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi. Beacon Press (February 4, 2014)