Anti-Racism Resources

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Anti-racism: Policies and practices that oppose racism (segregationist and assimilationist) and promote equity. 

**This list of readings and resources is not by any means complete. Links for online resources are live. Unlinked materials are book recommendations. Recommendations are geared towards collegiate instruction with a section on Greco-Roman antiquity-related. Please contact me if there are things that should be added. It is ‘evolving’. The target audience is White academics/teachers/students.


General Introductions:

The emotional impact of watching white people wake up to racism in real-timeby Natalie Morris in The Guardian UK

"Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class" poem by Clint Smith (animated poem); Interview with Clint Smith

The Empty Promise of the Supreme Court’s Landmark Affirmative Action Case: Black students like me are tired of taking on the emotional labor to educate white peers” by Hannah Taylor @ Slate

What’s The Difference Between Diversity, Inclusion, And Equity? @ General Assembly Blog

Police: This Week Tonight with John Oliver : A good breakdown of why Black Americans are protesting and what “defund” means. 

HOW CAN YOU WIN?' Interview with Kimberly Jones (from David Jones Media)  

Talking about Whiteness” (interview with Eula Bliss)

The Trayvon Generation” by Elizabeth Alexander

“Racism Is Terrible. Blackness Is Not.” by Imani Perry @ The Atlantic

A look at the history of the statues being attacked by protesters worldwide

A 7-minute video at Washington Post historians about the connection between 

confederate and other statues and the history of racism. **Note: the term “attacked” elides the fact that people have been politely calling for the removal of these statues for decades.**

Under the Blacklight: The Fire This Time (audio only and video with images)

            Alicia Garza, Robin D.G. Kelley, Devon Carbado, Maria Moore, and special 

guest AG Keith Ellison join Kimberlé Crenshaw for an emergency episode of 

“Under the Blacklight”, the 10th in the series, to address this historic moment of 

social and political mobilization ignited by George Floyd's death at the hands of 

Minneapolis police just two weeks ago (streamed live Jun 3, 2020). Episodes on 

COVID can be found here

Anti-racism Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi

"This anti-racist syllabus is for people realizing they were never taught how to be 

anti-racist. How to treat all the racial groups as equals. How to look at the racial 

inequity all around and look for the racist policies producing it, and the racist ideas veiling it. This list is for people beginning their anti-racist journey .." Ibram X. Kendi (author of "How to Be an Antiracist"). 61 texts Including:

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by DiAngelo, Robin J.

  • Antiracism: An Introduction by Zamalin, Alex

  • How To Be An Antiracist by Kendi, Ibram X.

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become A Good Ancestor by Saad, Layla F

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Oluo, Ijeoma

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Tatum, Beverly Daniel

  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century by Roberts, Dorothy

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Alexander, Michelle

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

From Accra to Harlem and Back: Black Histories Matter by Girish Daswani

Additional Readings on the Modern History of Racism and Critical Race/Whiteness 

(alphabetical by author where possible)

The Lies that Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah

“Who do you think you are? That’s a question bound up in another: What do you think 

you are? Gender. Religion. Race. Nationality. Class. Culture. Such affiliations give contours to our sense of self, and shape our polarized world. Yet the collective identities they spawn are riddled with contradictions, and cratered with falsehoods...These “mistaken identities,” Appiah explains, can fuel some of our worst atrocities—from chattel slavery to genocide. And yet, he argues that social identities aren’t something we can simply do away with. They can usher in moral progress and bring significance to our lives by connecting the small scale of our daily existence with larger movements, causes, and concerns.”

Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals by Jacques Berlinerblau

One of the most controversial books to come out of the academy in the last fifteen years 

is Martin Bernal's Black Athena. It has been a true cause celebre. Afrocentrists have both praised the book and claimed that Bernal stole from the work of black scholars to create his study of the Afroasiastic roots of classical civilization. Classicists feel passionately about what they perceive as an attack from an outsider on the origins not only of ancient Greece but of their own discipline. It seems that everyone has something to say about the book; the question is how many really understand it. In Heresy in the University, Jacques Berlinerblau provides an exegesis of the contents of Black Athena, making it accessible to a wider audience...He goes beyond simple summary and exposition to present the underlying --stated and unstated--agendas of Bernal and his critics. Ultimately, he exposes both sides and asks what the flawed reasoning from all concerned reveals about the stakes in this key academic dispute and what that, in turn, says about the modern academy.

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

“Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level.”

White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Is a racial structure still firmly in place in the United States? White Supremacy and 

Racism answers that question with an unequivocal yes, describing a contemporary system that operates in a covert, subtle, institutional, and superficially nonracial fashion.

Assessing the major perspectives that social analysts have relied on to explain race and racial relations, Bonilla-Silva labels the post–civil rights ideology as color-blind racism: a system of social arrangements that maintain white privilege at all levels. His analysis of racial politics in the United States makes a compelling argument for a new civil rights movement rooted in the race-class needs of minority masses, multiracial in character—and focused on attaining substantive rather than formal equality.

Anti-racism by Alastair Bonnet

“This introductory text provides students for the first time with an historical and 

international analysis of the development of anti-racism. Drawing on sources from around the world, the author explains the roots and describes the practice of anti-racism in Western and non-Western societies from Britain and the United States to Malaysia and Peru.”

The Idea of the West by Alastair Bonnet

The West is on everyone's lips: it is defended, celebrated, hated. But how and why did it 

emerge? And whose idea is it? This book is about representations of the West. Drawing on sources from across the world - from Russia to Japan, Iran to Britain - it argues that the West is not merely a Western idea but something that many people around the world have long been creating and stereotyping. The Idea of the West looks at how the great political and ethnic forces of the last century defined themselves in relation to the West, addresses how Soviet communism, 'Asian spirituality', 'Asian values' and radical Islamism used and deployed images of the West. Both topical and wide-ranging, it offers an accessible but provocative portrait of a fascinating subject and it charts the complex relationship between whiteness and the West.

The Price of Nice: How Good Intentions Maintain Educational Inequity edited by Angelina E. Castagno 

How being “nice” in school and university settings works to reinforce racialized, 

gendered, and (dis)ability-related inequities in education and society

  Being nice is difficult to critique. Niceness is almost always portrayed and felt as a 

positive quality. In schools, nice teachers are popular among students, parents, and administrators. And yet Niceness, as a distinct set of practices and discourses, is not actually good for individuals, institutions, or communities because of the way it maintains and reinforces educational inequity. 

In The Price of Nice, an interdisciplinary group of scholars explores Niceness in 

educational spaces from elementary schools through higher education to highlight how this seemingly benign quality reinforces structural inequalities. Grounded in data, personal narrative, and theory, the chapters show that Niceness, as a raced, gendered, and classed set of behaviors, functions both as a shield to save educators from having to do the hard work of dismantling inequity and as a disciplining agent for those who attempt or even consider disrupting structures and ideologies of dominance.

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement Edited by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil T. Gotanda, Gary Peller, and Kendall Thomas

“In the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically 

transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for understanding racial injustice and new ways of seeing the links between race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. This reader, edited by the principal founders and leading theoreticians of the critical race theory movement, gathers together for the first time the movement's most important essays.”

The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory by Adam Domby

Confederate statues and Confederate flags all over the US are not an accident. They 

were constructed intentionally as ways to continue practices and promote ideas of white 


Racecraft: The Soul Of Inequality In American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

“Tackling the myth of a post-racial society: Most people assume that racism grows from 

a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed.”

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Accessible study of the ways in which white supremacism and anti-Blackness were 

promoted and popularized after the Civil War, specifically in the era called “Redemption”, 

which worked to reclaim Black gains during Reconstruction. 

Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science  by Terence Keel

“Focusing on the production of scientific knowledge over the last three centuries, 

Terence Keel uncovers the persistent links between pre-modern Christian thought and contemporary scientific perceptions of human difference. He argues that, instead of a rupture between religion and modern biology on the question of human origins, modern scientific theories of race are, in fact, an extension of Christian intellectual history.”

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Kendi, Ibram X. (Also, Stamped by Jason Reynolds andKendi geared towards middle and high school students)

Takes readers on a journey from the beginnings of American colonization to the present 

and shows how anti-Black racism was embedded into US institutions ‘from the beginning’ 

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney Lopez

On the legal history of how Whiteness has been constructed and maintained through law 

and policy.

The Racial Contract by Charles Mills

“The Racial Contract puts classic Western social contract theory, deadpan, to 

extraordinary radical use. With a sweeping look at the European expansionism and racism of the last five hundred years, Charles W. Mills demonstrates how this peculiar and unacknowledged "contract" has shaped a system of global European domination: how it brings into existence "whites" and "non-whites," full persons and sub-persons, how it influences white moral theory and moral psychology; and how this system is imposed on non-whites through ideological conditioning and violence. The Racial Contract argues that the society we live in is a continuing white supremacist state.”

The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference by Anne Morning

“What do Americans think “race” means? What determines one’s race—appearance, 

ancestry, genes, or culture? How do education, government, and business influence our 

views on race? To unravel these complex questions, Ann Morning takes a close look at 

how scientists are influencing ideas about race through teaching and textbooks. Drawing 

from in-depth interviews with biologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates, Morning 

explores different conceptions of race—finding for example, that while many sociologists 

now assume that race is a social invention or “construct,” anthropologists and biologists 

are far from such a consensus.”

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Rothstein, Richard

Detailed analysis of the ways in which policies at the local, state, and federal levels led 

to intentional segregation and wealth accumulation by White neighborhoods. Includes 

detailed history of red-lining.

All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions 1976-1916 by Robert Rydell

Discusses the ways that anti-Blackness, scientific racism, eugenics, and other forms of 

institutionalized racism were popularized to hundreds of millions of Americans after the 

end of the Civil War.

Primary Source: Ida B. Wells (with contributions by Fredrick Douglas, I Garland 

Penn, and FL Barnett” “The Reason Why The Colored American is not 

in the World's Columbian Exposition

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

A history of the ways in which pseudo-scientific ideas of biological ‘race’ and inherent 

differences in intelligence between peoples has returned to prominence despite 

anti-racist movements after World War II. Focus is on genetics practices and 

popularization through home testing kits.

Towards a Political Philosophy of Race by Falguni Sheth

“Drawing on the examples of the internment of U.S. citizens and residents of Japanese 

descent, of Muslim men and women in the contemporary United States, and of Asian Indians at the turn of the twentieth century, Falguni A. Sheth argues that racial discrimination and divisions are not accidents in the history of liberal societies. Race, she contends, is a process embedded in a range of legal technologies that produce racialized populations who are divided against other groups. Moving past discussions of racial and social justice as abstract concepts, she reveals the playing out of race, racialization of groups, and legal frameworks within concrete historical frameworks.

“‘Western’ and ‘White Civilization’: White Nationalism and Eurocentrism at the Crossroads” by R Charles Weller

Title is pretty clear on the subject.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel

          Wilkerson “From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of
            America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history.               She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official
           records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys
           unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for  Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.”

Monuments of history or bigotry? The politics of statues” 

Interview with Maya Goodfellow (Author, Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats); Adam Elliot-Cooper  (Research Associate, University of Greenwich); Priyamvada Gopal  (Author, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent); Kadian Pow (Lecturer, Birmingham City University)

Race is a Social Construct (Race and Genetics)@ Living Anthropologically

#AmplifyBlackVoices: US White Supremacy & Anthropology  @ Living Anthropologically

What Happens when Geneticists Talk Sloppily about Race?@ The Atlantic

Space and Race Reading List (over 30 pages of resources)

“...readings on how race and racism are constructed with spatial means, and on how in 

turn space can be shaped by racism.Contributions to this list were made by Marta Gutman, Brian Goldstein, Ana María León, Olga Touloumi, Patrick Haughey, Dubravka Sekulic, Ayala Levin, Itohan Osayimwese, Irene Cheng, Irina Chernyakova, Rachel Lee, Ginger Nolan, Mechtild Widrich, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Alla Vronskaya, Michael Abrahamson, Sara Stevens, Daniel Cardoso-Llach, Gabriel Fuentes, Armaghan Ziaee. Additional suggestions by Mimi Zeiger, Kazys Varnelis, Susanō Surface, Joy Knoblauch, Rebecca Uchill, Mary Lou Lobsinger, Will Galloway.

Confronting racist visual culture

“The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, founded by Dr. 

David Pilgrim, is an excellent online resource educating on racist tropes in American 

visual and popular culture. Check out ‘The Museum’ tabs to learn more about specific 

caricatures and exhibits, many of which are so common as to go unrecognized by White 

people not educated to see them. Visit the Museum online here.” Pairs well with Stony 

the Road above.

Additional resources, including community-built readings lists and online projects gathered by the Tu White School of Architecture. Resources focus is on how spaces, urban planning and design and architecture maintain racist structures. Includes sections on Whiteness, anti-Blackness, anti-transgender spaces and more. You can find their collection of resources here.

White Supremacism: the assumption of superiority of a White race over other groups. It is not an extreme form of racism, but a structure that allows racism to flourish; one can have white supremacism without overt racism. It is also not about individual acts of racism or hate. White supremacism describes a conceptual system that centers and supports a group called “White” against those excluded from Whiteness. (See Bonilla-Silva Racism without Racists 3p. 1-67)

Academic Environments 

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness weeklong seminar by Academics for Black Lives (Online Workshops and resources).

Why I am Leaving St. Olaf  by Michelle Gibbs

“How to Politicize the Classroom” by Agnes Callard @ The Point Magazine

“White Academia: Do Better: Higher education has a problem. It’s called White supremacy” by Jasmine Roberts @ The Faculty

“Academia is not a Safe Haven for Conversations about Race and Racismby Tsedale M. Melaku and Angie Beeman @ Harvard Business Review

Pedagogy and Practice: Readings, ‘Syllabi’, Videos, Checklists, etc. 

The Black Lives Matter Syllabus: Dr. Frank Leon Roberts

Includes multiple versions of the syllabus and resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The syllabi are fully interactive with links to readings, interviews, videos, and audio materials. Likely to be updated in the coming year. Includes lists of films to watch, like 13th, on the loophole in the 13th amendment that has led to the intentional criminalization of Black Americans.

The Standing Rock Syllabus by the NYC for Standing Rock collective

The different sections and articles place what is happening now in a broader historical, political, economic, and social context going back over 500 years to the first expeditions of Columbus, the founding of the United States on institutionalized slavery, private property, and dispossession, and the rise of global carbon supply and demand. Indigenous peoples around the world have been on the frontlines of conflicts like Standing Rock for centuries. This syllabus brings together the work of Indigenous and allied activists and scholars: anthropologists, historians, environmental scientists, and legal scholars, all of whom contribute important insights into the conflicts between Indigenous sovereignty and resource extraction. While our primary goal is to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, we recognize that Standing Rock is one frontline of many around the world.

Institutional Racism: a Syllabus The following articles, published over the course of JSTOR Daily’s five years try to provide such context. As always, the underlying scholarship is free for all readers. We have now updated this story with tagging for easier navigation to related content, will be continually updating this page with more stories, and are working to acquire a bibliographic reading list about institutionalized racism in the near future. (Note: Some readers may find some of the stories in this syllabus or the photos used to illustrate them disturbing. Teachers may wish to use caution in assigning them to students.)

Writing about Slavery/Teaching About Slavery: This Might Help P. Gabrielle Foreman, et al. A community crafted document with readings and resources for how to teach “slavery” in US classrooms. Includes discussion of appropriate language to use.

Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans Resource for teachers to start conversations about Floyd’s murder & the events around it.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Getting StartedUSC Library Guide with reading recommendations with links to all sorts of different resources on anti-race pedagogy and other forms of equity and inclusion materials.

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School edited by Mica Pollock (geared toward K-12, but good short chapters on why you should not use the word “Caucasian”, etc). 

From the description: “Which acts by educators are "racist" and which are "antiracist"? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.

Contributors including Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro Noguera describe concrete ways to analyze classroom interactions that may or may not be "racial," deal  with racial inequality and "diversity," and teach to high standards across racial lines.  Topics range from using racial incidents as teachable moments and responding to the  "n-word" to valuing students' home worlds, dealing daily with achievement gaps, and  helping parents fight ethnic and racial misconceptions about their children. Questions  following each essay prompt readers to examine and discuss everyday issues of race  and opportunity in their own classrooms and schools.”

**Note: Not every essay will be useful. Importantly, on ‘colorblindness’ see Bonilla-Silva above. 

Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor by Cyndi Kernahan From the description: “Teaching about race and racism can be a difficult business. Students and instructors alike often struggle with strong emotions, and many people have robust preexisting beliefs about race. At the same time, this is a moment that demands a clear understanding of racism. It is important for students to learn how we got here and how racism is more than just individual acts of meanness. Students also need to understand that colorblindness is not an effective anti-racism strategy.”

Examining Whiteness: An Anti-Racism Curriculum (Harvard School of Education)  “Providing an anti-racism curriculum for white people allows deeper understanding of issues that are essential to furthering a white anti-racist identity. The curriculum includes sections on: The History of White Supremacy in the United States; The Emotional Lives of White People; Racial Identity Development; Racial Identity Journey; White Power and Privilege; Developing a Positive White Identity”

The Whiteness Project

Filmmaker Whitney Dow’s interactive project asks White Americans how we experience 

our race. These short video interviews can help White people see ourselves and our unquestioned beliefs more critically, a necessary early step toward antiracist action.”

“De-colonizing” the Curriculum/Syllabus

Decolonize All the Things: Learning Tools

Includes: Glossary; McLean – DATT Ideological and Organizing Training; 

Reading Guide; Race, Ethnicity, & Racism; A Primer on Race/ism; An Intro To Political Education; A Primer on Pan Africanism/Nkrumah Toureism; Patriarchy & Gender; Political Liberation Reading List; Black Resistance Reading List; Critical Thinking & Employing Education To Develop A Critical Consciousness; Black Feminism: A Short Intro; Books You Can Read & 3 Documentaries You Can Watch Instead of Exposing Yourself To The Hegemonic Lies In The Hidden Colors Films; Decolonizing Gender Relations; Decolonizing Gender Relations Concept List

Decolonization is not a metaphorby Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

        Our goal in this article is to remind readers what is unsettling about decolonization.

        Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life; it is not a

        metaphor for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools. The easy

        adoption of decolonizing discourse by educational advocacy and scholarship, evidenced

        by the increasing number of calls to “decolonize our schools,” or use “decolonizing

        methods,” or, “decolonize student thinking”, turns decolonization into a metaphor.

Do Not ‘Decolonize' . . . If You Are Not Decolonizing: Progressive Language and Planning Beyond a Hollow Academic Rebranding” by Nayantara Sheoran Appleton

Decolonizing your syllabus? You might have missed some steps” by Max Liboiron 

(includes links to additional readings)


A movement determined to decolonise the space, the curriculum, and the institutional 

memory at, and to fight intersectional oppression within, Oxford 

Reclaiming the Ancient World: Towards a Decolonized Classics by Krishnan Ram-Prasad

Indigenizing Classics: A Teaching Guide by Katherine Blouin, Aven McMaster, David Meban & Zachary Yuzwa @ Everyday Orientalism

M. Adraeyel Tong’s checklist for decolonization of pre-modern history (religion, literature, etc.) courses

Classics Specific Materials 

Fight or Die: How to Move from Statements to Actions by Pria Jackson @ Eidolon

A Tale of Two Creons: Black tragedies, White anxieties, and the Necessity of Abolition by Vanessa Stoval

We need RACIAL DIVERSITY in Academia. An interview with Bet Hucks  @ Digital Hammurabi

Itinera Podcast, Episode 12: Jackie Murray

"Jackie Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, on her 

groundbreaking research on Apollonius, the difficult path she walked from graduate 

student to professor, African-American and Afro-Caribbean receptions of classical 

literature, and racism within the field of Classics."

“After Careful Consideration …” Trying to Get Hired as a Black Latin Teacher by John Bracey @ Eidolon

Twenty Links for Twenty Days of Protest @ Sententiae Antiquae

Race and medieval studies: a partial bibliography by Jonathan Hsy & Julie Orlemanski

So many good recommendations. Medieval Studies is doing a LOT of good work on 

pre-modern history of race and critical race work. 

Database of uses of Classics in the promotion of white supremacism. 

Black-Centered Resources for Ancient Mediterranean Studies

A developing bibliography centering Black classicists and the study of Blackness, race, 

and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman past 

“The Subjects Of Slavery In 19th-century American Latin Schoolbooks” by Denise Eileen McCoskey Classical Journal 115.1 (abstract)

Teaching Medieval Slavery and Captivity 

This website provides pedagogical resources for teachers who want to address the 

global history of slavery and captivity during the medieval period, broadly defined.

Obviously, medieval and not ancient, but it can help provide perspective for a global and 

deep history of slave systems.

Multiculturalism, Race, and Ethnicity in Classics Consortium

Includes their “Solidarity Statement & Action Plan in Support of #BlackLivesMatter & 

#JusticeforGeorgeFloyd and developing resource page.

Why Students of Color Don’t Take Latin by John Bracey @ Eidolon

Res Difficiles | Difficult Conversations In Classics

Recordings of talks from the 2020 conference. Includes:

  • Brett Collins, “Institutionalizing Justice: Towards a Racially-Conscious Classics”

  • Ian Lockey, “Confronting Res Difficiles Through Reading Reflections” (on teaching race and ethnicity in the secondary Latin classroom)

  • Kelly Dugan, “Antiracism & Restorative Justice in Classics Pedagogy: Race, Slavery, and the Function of Language in Beginning Greek and Latin Textbooks”

  • Alicia Matz and Torie Burmeister, “Hestia: Graduate Student Self-Taught Pedagogy”

  • Dani Bostick, “From Awareness to Action: Using Your Power To Transform Classics”

Open Letter: #BlackLivesMatter Demands to the Oxford Faculty of Classics (in response to the Oxford Classics Faculty statement on race after protests--linked in letter)

Not For All: Nostalgic Distortions as a Weapon of Segregation in Secondary Classics(American Journal of Philology 141.2, 2020, p. 283-306) by Dani Bostick

The Classics, Race, and Community-Engaged or Public Scholarship (American Journal of Philology, 140.2 2019, 345-359) by Patrice D. Rankine

Teaching the Intersection Between Classics, Anthropology, and Colonialism in 2020 text by Katherine Blouin and Girish Daswani @ Everyday Orientalism

"Some Thoughts on AIA-SCS 2019" by Dan-el Pedilla Peralta

"Some Concrete Suggestions post-SCS" by Hong, Yurie. 2019. @ Classics and Social Justice Blog.

Written after the racist events of the 2019 SCS conference in San Diego, Prof. Hong 

offers some concrete ideas for combating racism in our departments and classes.

"The Birth of a Muthos" by Vanessa Stovall

The Colorblind Bard: An Exchange by Dan-el Padilla Peralta and Solveig Lucia Gold

White People Explain Classics to Us by Yung In Chae @ Eidolon

#ClassicsSoWhite by Hilary Lehman @ Classics and Social Justice

Race and Racism in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Part 1: The Problem, (Podcast@ The Endless Knot with Drs. Aven McMaster and Mark Sundaram)

Race and Racism in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Part 2: Responses, (Podcast@ The Endless Knot with Drs. Aven McMaster and Mark Sundaram)

Diversifying Classics Lectures (video; in order): Rebecca Kennedy, Arum Park, Nandini Pandey, James Newhard

Why I Teach About Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World by Rebecca Kennedy

“The Slaves Were Happy”: High School Latin and the Horrors of Classical Studies by Erik Robinson

Classics and White Supremacism, Race, and Ethnicity:So much has been written on this in the last few years (though there is more work still coming and still to be done): I have gathered a bunch of them here along (including all related Eidolon articles) with syllabi for courses that also have more bibliography (articles and podcasts at

the bottom after the syllabi).  There is also a big bibliography here. Please contact me if

something you think should be on there isn’t on there. The blog also has numerous relevant


Also, really, just read everything at the Everyday Orientalism Blog

Sign at a recent protest (June 2020). Holder and artist unknown.