• Discussion of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

    I created this book club because I want to build friendships with people who feel strongly about race equity and antiracism. Discussion will be based upon this interview with the author, Dr. Monique W. Morris: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/the-criminalization-of-black-girls-in-schools/473718/ Here is an excerpt from the interview: Melinda D. Anderson: The shocking statistics you cite in the opening chapter—on poverty, dropouts, incarceration , and homicide—paint a chilling picture of the plight of black girls and women today. Can you briefly discuss some of the complex dynamics, the social and economic factors, triggering this situation? Monique W. Morris: The dynamics here are, indeed, complex. I believe it’s important for us to understand that the negative socioeconomic conditions for black women and girls are related to how race, gender, class, sexual identity, ability, and other identities interact with each other to undermine equal access to opportunity. Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality,” which captures this idea. Black women and girls must often navigate through a landscape that reinforces multidimensional stereotypes and debilitating narratives that negatively impact how black femininity is understood. Implicit racial and gender biases may also inform how we read the behaviors and actions of black girls and women, and how all of this comes together to guide whether black girls are safe in their communities and whether they have access to quality employment, food, housing, and education. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there! Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools will be available for sale at Third Place Books at 20% discount starting one month before the event.

  • Discussion of As We Have Always Done by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

    I created this book club because I want to build friendships with people who feel strongly about race equity and antiracism. Discussion of the book will be based upon this interview with the author, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/leanne-betasamosake-simpson-interview Here's an excerpt from the interview: You talk about white women not simply being complacent observers of genocide. They assisted in the work of genocide itself, while working, for example, as missionaries at government run, assimilationist boarding schools. How do you see the failure of white women as allies playing out today? What role, if any, should non-Indigenous folks play in supporting Indigenous resurgence? When we talk about accomplices or allies in movements, we are actually talking about white people, and this centers whiteness in models of solidarity. I’m not interested in that because it replicates the very structures we are trying to escape, and it ends up taking space, time and energy from the actual movement. In terms of solidarity, I’m interested in nurturing a closer and more generative relationship with people in my territory. So I’m asking myself questions like how do I live in solidarity with Black Lives Matter? What does Nishnaabewin say my responsibilities are in terms of sharing land and space with Black communities imaging other worlds? How can I understand colonialism if I do not understand the Black scholars’ theoretical brilliance in understanding slavery? How am I listening to and supporting Indigenous trans people? How am I connecting my own struggle with colonialism to the rest of the world, [including] the plant and animal nations? How am I acting in solidarity with Lake Ontario? Those questions are much more important to me, and I think when we center that, authentic and ethical allies come onboard anyway. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there! As We Have Always Done will be available for sale at Third Place Books at 20% discount starting one month before the event.