Teaching CP: Discussing the Killing of Trayvon Martin in the classroom

[List started by Randy Potts]

Below is a VERY incomplete list of possible readings for a community psychology class addressing community responses to the killing of Trayvon Martin.

I am sure that you can think of other readings that should be at the top of this list. It is my guess that this issue has evoked conversations both within and outside of classrooms, conversations that may expand our thinking on topics such as "empowerment", sense of community, individual vs. systemic racism & oppression, conversations from which we all may grow. Over the years I have heard a great many personal accounts of students and faculty of color who have been "racially profiled" by those in positions of power, or stopped and searched by city and campus police without just cause (I have such stories of my own).

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
  • Kill Them Before They Grow: The Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in America's Classrooms - Michael Porter
  • Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity - Ann Arnett Ferguson 
  • State of Emergency: We Must Save African American Males - Jawanza Kunjufu 
  • Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males - Hrabowski, III; Maton & Greif 
  • Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species - Edited by Jewelle Taylor Gibbs 
  • Black Men, Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? - Haki Madhubuti
  • The Estrangement of Black Male Youth From a Teacher's Perspective - Jerald McNair 
  • Empowering African American Males - Michael Wynn 
  • SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind - Asa G. Hilliard III 
  • Black Children - Janice Hale 
  • Learning While Black - Janice Hale 
  • Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: The Hare Plan - Nathan and Julia Hare 
  • The War Against Children of Color - Peter R Breggin, Ginger Ross Breggin
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel.
  • Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys --  Victor Rios


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