Charleston syllabus readings on race racism and racial violence
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Williams, and Keisha N. Chad Williams, Kidada E. C harleston S yllabus was born from the hashtag syllabus movement on social media, an urgent response by scholars to viral videos of racial violence in the United States. While many of these syllabi remain useful crowdsourced documents online, Charleston Syllabus has evolved into a print resource that will be indispensable to teachers and students of African American and African diaspora studies. This comprehensive work responds directly to the racially motivated mass shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on the evening of June 17,
He sat with 12 parishioners and their pastor, South Carolina state senator Rev. Clementa Pinkney, for about an hour, as they prayed and read from the Bible. Upon hearing the news of the massacre — one of the worst in American history — Chad Williams, Keisha Blain, and Kidada Williams became frustrated with the ways in which Roof, his white supremacist beliefs, and the events in Charleston were being depicted in mainstream media. Charleston Syllabus , the book, began as a hashtag on the social media site Twitter twitter. CharlestonSyllabus was intended to bring together a list of books, articles, and primary sources that would serve this purpose. Charleston Syllabus was published in book form in order to develop this long list of resources into something more tangible, manageable, and accessible.
Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication. This list is not meant to be exhaustive—you will find omissions. Please check out the Charleston Syllabus book for additional reading suggestions. Randall foureyedsoul , and Cecily Walker skeskali.
An hour later, he began expressing his hatred for African Americans, and soon after, he shot nine church members dead, the church's pastor and South Carolina state senator, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, among them. The ensuing manhunt for the shooter and investigation of his motives revealed his beliefs in white supremacy and reopened debates about racial conflict, southern identity, systemic racism, civil rights, and the African American church as an institution. Blain sought a way to put the murder--and the subsequent debates about it in the media--in the context of America's tumultuous history of race relations and racial violence on a global scale. They created the Charleston Syllabus on June 19, starting it as a hashtag on Twitter linking to scholarly works on the myriad of issues related to the murder.
Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence