One lesson from Ferguson for those of us who talk and write for a living is that now is (always) the time to amplify voices that normally are silenced. For those of us who work in child welfare, another lesson is that the children we work with have a social, historical, and political identity that is not amenable to rounds of individual therapy. So here are some readings from the #FergusonSyllabus that have to do with youth and families, shared from the list curated by Marcia Chatelain writing at theatlantic.com and from sociologistsforjustice.org. I’ve added four suggestions for child welfare folks at the end.
“A Talk to Teachers,” in The Price of the Ticket, Collected Non-Fiction 1948-1985
“Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists”
Frederica Boswell, NPR
“On Recognizing My White Privilege as a Parent in the Face of Ferguson”
Elizabeth Broadbent, xoJane
“What Do We Teach When Kids Are Dying? #MichaelBrown”
Chris Lehman, blog
“What White Children Need to Know About Race”
Ali Michad and Eleonora Bartoli, nais.org
Healing Days: A Guide For Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma
“How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement”
Lottie L. Joiner, The Daily Beast
“‘We have to make them feel us‘: Open Letters and Black Mothers’ Grief”
Emily Owens, African American Intellectual History blog
Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America
Noughts & Crosses
Eve Bunting and David Diaz
What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?
I am Rosa Parks
Ruth & the Green Book
As Fast As Words Could Fly
The Skin You Live in
The Other Side
“U.S. Schools: Desegregation court cases and school demographic data”
“Race and the Ferguson-Florissant School District”
Shaun R. Harper and Charlee Davis, III, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
“Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson”
Robert P. Jones, The Atlantic
“Reflections on Ferguson — What does education mean in a world like this? ” Daniel Katz, blog
“Michael Brown’s High School Is An Example Of The Major Inequalities In Education”
Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post
Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools
Stepping over the Color Line: African-American Students in White Suburban Schools
Amy Stuart Wells and Robert L. Crane
“How Does it Feel to be a Problem?”
Relando Thompkins, blog
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. 2014. “State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review.” Available online:http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-implicit-bias.pdf.
Ferguson, Ann. 2001. Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Especially chapter 4: Naughty by Nature. Google link: http://books.google.com/books/about/Bad_Boys.html?id=3YMDorLC-cQC)
Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare. Dorothy Roberts.
“Prison, Foster Care, and the Systematic Punishment of Black Women.” Dorothy Roberts.
“Black Club Women and Child Welfare.” Dorothy Roberts.