Readings on Race is a monthly discussion group sponsored by the library, focusing on issues of race. The group generally meets at the library on the second Saturday of each month, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to discuss a book or other resources on a particular topic or theme. Sometimes alternate times or locations are planned.
Kate Mrozicki facilitates the group. Kate is a farmer who believes in the power of difficult conversations to change our reality. She got to practice those conversations during years of working for The Food Project in Boston and is now raising small children in Surry.
All Readings on Race meetings are free and everyone is welcome. Readings and copies of the book for each meeting are generally available at the library 3 weeks or so ahead of each date. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Readings/Resources for ROR Meetings:
4/24/21: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
–Watch Racial Justice and the Arts (in Maine) panel
-Check out grassroots, community-based organizations like Unified Asian Communities (UAC) and Cambodian Community Association of Maine (CCAM)
-The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is hosting a virtual event, Racism Is A Virus: A Conversation with Asian American Youth in Maine on March 31st. This panel discussion will highlight and raise awareness of the Asian American experience in Maine. You can register here.
–Here is a resource that lists Asian-owned businesses in Maine.
3/27/2021: Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa
Reserve a copy of the print book (additional copies available at the library, call 374-5515 for curbside pickup).
2/13/2021: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
12/19/2020: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
11/14/2020: Post-Election Conversation
Register for an online discussion of the recent election on the library’s calendar or by calling 374-5515.
How Whiteness Affected the Election – radio story
Unity is for White People: Why Joe Biden Can’t Unite the Country by Michael Harriot
After a bitterly divided election, what’s next for America – CNN opinions from 26 commentators
10/14/2020: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The book (additional copies available to borrow from the library)
8/1, 8/12, and 8/27/2020: My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
Supplemental resources from Resmaa Menakem:
Racialized Trauma e course
On Being Interview
Follow up On Being conversation with Resmaa Menakem and Robin DiAngelo
Webinars to rent
-Sherene Cauley put together this description of whole body physiological communication that helps to explain a bit more about the additional workings of the soul nerve. The vagus nerve is a very sensitive conduit between our internal and external environments.
-Follow up personal work with characteristics of white supremacy culture in connection with this activity Sherene created to look at certain aspects and their antidotes.
-If you are continuing to discuss My Grandmother’s Hands with your own group, the Great Radical Race Read’s guide is good place to get some direction.
7/16/2020: How to Show Up in This Moment
Finding your role
White people looking for their lane– a collection of articles
Anti-racism Resource list with local focus
Description of white supremacy culture and how it shows up in organizations
7/8/2020: Interrupting Racism: How to Speak Up and Be Heard
Responding to “All lives matter”
Southern Poverty Law Center’s guide to responding to bigotry
Test your own implicit bias here and here
Holding space for transformation
Helpful Rebuttals For Racist Talking Points
Which kind of ally are you? quiz
6/6/2020: Discussion on Race in the Current Moment
Podcast: Codeswitch- A Decade of Watching Black People Die
Video: Young Black woman sharing her perspective
Article: Rebecca Solnit on where the violence is coming from
Reverend William Barber: America must listen to its wounds. They will tell us where to look for hope
Resources for Talking to Children About Race and This Moment
Resource List from Discussion Group
3/14/2020: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
2/8/2020: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
1/11/2020: 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine
Read the magazine online (physical copies also available at the library)
Listen to the podcast (5 episodes)
See the Pulitzer Center high school curriculum based on the project
This Atlantic article discusses some of the criticism of the project
11/2/2019: Exploring Maine/Wabanaki History with Maine-Wabanaki REACH
A workshop sponsored by the library, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Books, and Reversing Falls Sanctuary.
11/9/19: Follow-up from workshop & discussion for educators on teaching Thanksgiving
Register for the workshop here
Ways to think about decolonizing Thanksgiving
Food: Indigenous relationship to food, Thanksgiving table, Sweet potatoes
For teachers: Amercian Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, Decolonizing Thanksgiving Toolkit, Books for littles
10/19/2019: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
9/14/2019: “Seeing White” podcast from Scene on Radio
Transcripts from the podcast
If you need help listening to the podcast, please contact Hannah at the library at 374-5515 x11 or hannah.cyrus[at]bhpl.net.
5/11/2019: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
3/9/2019 & 4/13/2019: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
2/9/2019: Talking with Children about Race
Come join experienced parents and educators in a discussion of ways to go about talking to kids about race, and potential pitfalls. Books to aid the conversation will be on display and available to check out. Childcare will be available during the meeting.
Article: Age by Age Guide to Talking about Race.
Article: 4 Ways to Talk to Young Children about Race (aimed at speaking to children of color, good for everyone to read).
Podcast: “Raising Activist Kids“: Trina Greene Brown goes over some basics of raising race conscious children on the Baby Crazy podcast.
Article: “Raising White Kids to Be Racially Sensitive – and Proactive” by Jennifer Harvey.
Book: Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey.
Talk: Why We Need to Talk About Race by Jennifer Harvey (talk begins around 10 min; the question and answer segment is good).
Article: “How Well-intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism” by Joe Pinsker.
Article: “10 Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race” by Angela Watson.
Video: Kids Talking About Race.
Video: Black Parents Explain.
EmbraceRace.org talk about How Children Learn About Race, see also additional articles linked to at the end of the transcript.
EmbraceRace also has a lot of thoughtful tipsheets.
1/26/2019: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
12/15/2018: Abbe Museum Tour
Video: TEDx Dirigo talk by Abbe Museum president: We must decolonize our museums
Blog: The museum’s blog about their decolonization process.
11/10/2018: Dawnland documentary discussion
Film: hour long version available to stream online through PBS Independent Lens.
Resource: Upstander Project seeks to help bystanders become upstanders in the face of injustice (re:genocide) through documentary films paired with learning resources.
Resource: A short version of the film, First Light, has a completed learning resources companion that provides lots of historical background for Dawnland.
Resource: Dawnland learning material is available with more to come.
10/13/2018: Interrupting Racism Workshop with Carolyn Gage
9/8/2018: Decolonizing the Mind (chapter 8 from Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change by Sherri Mitchell)
6/9/2018: Speak Up: Practice Confronting Casual Racism
Article: Southern Poverty Law Center’s guide to responding to everyday bigotry
Podcast: Code Switch episode and essay talking about when we call out casual racism
Article: Tips from Australia for addressing everyday racism
Speech: Audre Lorde’s “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” in Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde available at the library or online here.
5/12/2018: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Podcast: “The Woke Spectrum,” We Live Here podcast, season 3 (includes a good description of racial identity development; academic description starts at 10:10)
Article: “I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence” by Matika Wilbur, from Yes Magazine, Feb. 19 2018.
Podcast: “We’re Not Going Anywhere” Pod Save the People podcast, May 1, 2018. More conversation with DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown starts at 40 min.
Article: “White Anti-Racism Must Be Based in Solidarity, Not Altruisim,” by Jesse Myerson, The Nation, February 5 2018.
4/14/2018: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Podcast: “The Courage to Show Up,” Pod Save the People podcast, episode “Joy & the Gift” from 3/6/18. Sociologist Brene Brown and activist DeRay Mckesson discuss the importance of vulnerability and how we are all co-creating solutions to racism together.
3/10/2018: Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Website: http://www.embracerace.org/ – Holds a monthly online and phone conversation about different topics with lots of archives you can watch
Website: http://www.raceconscious.org/ – a resource for talking about race with young kids, lots of concrete examples
Children’s books lists:
The Conscious Kid Blog – A lending library and subscription program and lists.
Multicultural Children’s Books from Huffington Post
“28 More Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball” (from Scott Woods Makes Lists)
“Where to Find Diverse Books” (from We Need Diverse Books)“Captivating Kids Stories to Recognize Privilege” (from Books for Littles)