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20 Stories, Films, & Essays on Identity & Race

Posted on June 15, 2020

Mexican American scholar and author Gloria Anzaldua. By K. Kendall. CC by 2.0 license.

At our June 1st #LunchGlobally session, during the first wave of protests against police racism, our group spontaneously brainstormed a list of books, films, and organizations to help students make sense of the issues. Because we were reading Marco Avilés' powerful essay “I Am Not Your Cholo," many (but not all) of these resources depicted Latinx experiences -- an important and sometimes under-discussed element in the discussion of biased law enforcement. 

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"My Man": A Powerful Performance-Poem on Race and Identity, with Video

Posted on June 04, 2020

FLIV A poesia nacional de hoje com Ricardo Aleixo 27-04-11 (10)
Ricardo Aleixo performing at a national poetry festival in Brazil in 2011. By André Luiz D. Takahashi.
I am whatever you think a black man is. You almost never think about black men.

Ricardo Aleixo's prose poem "My Man" appeared several years ago in an issue of Words Without Borders dedicated to Afro-Brazilian writing. At once confrontational and deeply vulnerable, this poem seems newly relevant today. It will serve as an excellent starting point for a classroom conversation of race and identity.

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