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What We're Reading: February Equity & Social Justice Edition

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Headshot of the blog authors, Alice Y. Hom and Daniel LauBy Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

We’re leaping into this month with a list of articles about current events and how the past is framed depending on one’s viewpoint. Who has the power and privilege to name and frame ideas, historical events, and cultural practices? What’s our responsibility and willingness to address xenophobia, public health crises, or troubling policies? Finally, with an additional day for this month because of a leap year, we’re adding a timely bonus of census items.

1. False health information includes warnings to avoid Asian food and Asian-populated areas.

Fear of coronavirus fuels racist sentiment targeting Asians | by Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times

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2. We are increasingly convinced that supporting the NFL represents a collective agreement to ignore the brutal suffering of bodies, particularly Black bodies.

Doctors, Will You Be Watching the Super Bowl? | by Jennifer Tsai, Michelle Morse, Scientific American 

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3. Classroom materials are not only shaded by politics, but are also helping to shape a generation of future voters.

Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories. | by Dana Goldstein, New York Times

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4. It’s much easier to exaggerate the meaning of a word that sounds foreign.

How ‘Namaste’ Flew Away From Us | by Kumari Devarajan, Code Switch

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5. A country mired in malaise needed a scapegoat and found it in Mexicans.

The Tomb of the Unknown ‘Wetback’ | by Gustavo Arellano, Alta

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Bonus: Census is coming, let’s pay attention to hard-to-count communities. 

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 2020 Census This is Me | by U.S. Census Bureau

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‘We are still here’: Native Americans fight to be counted in US census | by Rebecca Nagle, The Guardian

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