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THE TALK is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

Aired: 02/20/17; Expires: 06/03/22 Rating: NR

  • A Case Study in White Allyship:  Seeing Our Schools Through the Eyes of Black Parents

    Black Like Me Podcast, S4 Ep. 87, March 31, 2020

    Dr. Alex Gee talks with three white parents of kids in a local Madison school who have been joining anti-racism efforts in reaction to an incident with a black child. Listen in to the revealing conversation with Kate Kaio, Jeremy Holiday, and Eli Steenlage as they navigate their own equity journey while trying to support the black family, the African-American community, and the school community.

    Read the Cap Times Article, "Fragile Trust," about the family involved in the school incident.


  • Article from The 1619 Project, New York Times Magazine: What Does a Traffic Jam in Atlanta have to do with Racial Segregation?  Quite a Lot
Caire lists over 100 reports and news articles about racial disparities in Madison dating back to 1931.  You don't have to read each news article - just the titles tell the story.
    • Movies to Enjoy on a cold winter night - all with a racial equity theme




    Recommended Reading

    The Diversity Committee has compiled a list of events and recommended readings related to issues of inequity, diversity and injustice in the greater Madison area to promote a culturally inclusive learning environment in PLATO.  We hope to make additional recommendations in the future - we welcome your suggestion. Contact Committee Co- Chairs Kathy Michaelis (ksmichaelis@gmail.com) or Rick Orton (rickorton@tds.net).  





    HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST 

    by Ibram X. Kendi, Published by One World, 2019




    Kendi is a on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists, who support ideas and policies affirming that the “the racial groups are equal in all their apparent differences—that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group”. This is a 21st century manual of racial ethics.


    Kendi is also the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, 2017.

    New York Times Bestselle




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    Locking Up Our Own:

    Crime and Punishment in Black America , 2017 

    by James Forman Jr. 


    • Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
    • Long-listed for the National Book Award
    • Finalist, Current Interest Category, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
    • One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017
    • Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice


    Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.  

    Well written putting our current situation in historical context.

    https://www.amazon.com/Locking-Up-Our-Own-Punishment/dp/0374189978


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    Grand Avenue

    A Novel in Stories

    by Greg Sarris


    Grand Avenue runs through the center of the Northern California town of Santa Rosa. One stretch of it is home not only to Pomo Indians making a life outside the reservation but also to Mexicans, blacks, and some Portuguese, all trying to find their way among the many obstacles in their turbulent world

    “Grand Avenue” by Greg Sarris - One of the very best works of fiction by and about Native Americans - A compelling sequence of interwoven stories about a Native American community - “a gritty, power-filled book, unsparing and unapologetic”.  1994, 244 pages





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