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READ: No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education

Through an examination of campus social justice movements, Leigh Patel reveals how the after-effects of settler colonialism have resulted in a higher education system that prioritizes White culture and history over that of Black, Indigenous, and other oppressed communities. Using interviews with activists and organizers from groups like Black Lives Matter, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Combahee River Collective, Patel shows how student protests have been an important force in influencing institutions to recognize and challenge settler colonialist attitudes and the race, class, and gender inequalities that they help to perpetuate. Published by Beacon Press

WATCH: Everything’s Going to Be All White

This three-part documentary series explores the history of race in the U.S. through insights from notable historians, scholars, and activists of color — including Ibram X. Kendi, Favianna Rodriguez, and Margaret Cho. The interviewees used examples such as Indigenous people’s fight for land and the racial disparities in the enforcement of gun laws to show how laws and other systems including housing, education, and health care have been designed to benefit White people. They also discussed their personal experiences with racism. Streaming on Showtime

LISTEN: UnTextbooked: When will Asian Americans stop being seen as “perpetual foreigners”?

In this episode of the UnTextbooked podcast — which features teenagers interviewing noted historians — scholar Erika Lee, author of The Making of Asian America: A History, explains why stereotypes about Asian Americans have persisted for hundreds of years in U.S. culture. Using the recent rise in anti-Asian hate as an example, Lee deconstructs how White Americans have traditionally held Asian Americans to conflicting standards as both “model minorities” and perpetual foreigners. Available on all major podcast apps

This article was published in our March 2022 issue.