Teaching Current Events: Racial Justice in the United States

We are in the midst of a national and global reckoning on race and justice. Use these resources to understand the past and present of racial inequities in the United States and the ongoing struggle for justice today.

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Race in US History

Confronting History, Transforming Monuments

This Teaching Idea uses the story of the Robert E. Lee monument to help students consider the power of symbols and explore the summer's protests through the lens of voice, agency, and solidarity.

Blog
Race in US History

We, Too, are Tired

“We are tired of the killings and injustice.” What can be clearer? What can be more reasonable?

Teaching Idea
Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Understanding #TakeaKnee and Athlete Activism

Explore the origin and legacy of the Take A Knee protest in the NFL, the significance of the more recent athlete boycotts, and the long history of athletes protesting racial injustice in the United States.

Teaching Idea
Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans

This Teaching Idea is a guide for teachers to begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it.

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Race in US History

Why Is the Coronavirus Disproportionately Impacting Black Americans?

Help students explore the underlying causes of racial inequity in coronavirus outcomes with the activities in this Teaching Idea.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance
Race in US History

Acts of Hate in Schools

Use this Teaching Idea to inform students about recent episodes of racism and antisemitism in schools across the US, probe their causes and impact, and consider positive ways that communities can respond to hate.

Blog
Race in US History

The Problem with Celebrating Forgiveness

The news cycles of the last few years have captured countless instances of racist violence perpetrated by white people against black people—a continuation of a long history of antiblack violence in the United States. And amid this legacy of violence, a number of black figures have done the unimaginable: they have publicly expressed forgiveness to avowedly racist white people who murdered their relatives and community members.

Teaching Idea
Race in US History
Justice & Human Rights

Indigenous Rights and Controversy over Hawaii’s Maunakea Telescope

Provide students with historical context for understanding the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and help them explore the reasons why many Native Hawaiians oppose its construction.

Teaching Idea
Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement
Justice & Human Rights

The Debate over Reparations for Racial Injustice

With reparations in the news, this Teaching Idea helps students define the term, learn what forms reparations can take, and consider what reparations should be offered for slavery and other racist policies.

Explainer
Race in US History
Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance

Explainer: White Nationalism

This explainer describes key characteristics of white nationalist ideology and clarifies related key-terms, such “alt-right” and “white power.”

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