Discussing Current Events of Racial Violence

Addressing Emotionally and Politically Charged News with Students

This resource is intended to help the UW community, particularly faculty and staff, navigate important conversations about violence perpetrated against communities of color. In this resource guide, you will find strategies for fostering thoughtful and difficult conversations in light of emotionally and politically charged news as well as mental health resources for students who may need additional support during challenging times.

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Discussing Current Events of Racial Violence in the US

#Charlottesville, #StandingRock, #Blacklivesmatter. Racial violence, including police violence against African-Americans, has gained national visibility as people strive to make sense of and consider how to address the these events. This curated list of readings includes articles for learning about and discussing current racial violence in university classrooms in meaningful ways. Are there resources or practices that you’ve found helpful when discussing these topics with your students? If so, please share them with us at thectl@uw.edu.

Current events of racial violence in the US

Current events of racial violence in the US

Writings related to the Black Lives Matter movement:

Writings about the shooting of ten people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina and related events:

An initial list of resources on the events surrounding the “Unite the Right” rally organized by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members on August 11th and 12th, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA. One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a speeding car drove into a group of counter-protestors. 

Discussions about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri and related events:

Writings about the shooting on June 12th, 2016 in which forty-nine individuals were killed and 53 wounded during Latin night at the Pulse Nightclub, an LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida.

Resources that speak to the need for greater awareness of violence against transgender people of color:

Resources for teaching about the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and allied tribes in North Dakota that began in April 2016.

Effectively facilitating discussions about race

Effectively facilitating discussions about race

Negotiating “hot moments

Negotiating “hot moments” in discussions about race

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