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Common Read 2020-21: Videos and other Media

This guide is for the Common Read committee to share potential readings for the upcoming year.

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration (The Atlantic)

In his October cover story, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores how mass incarceration has affected African American families. "There's a long history in this country of dealing with problems in the African American community through the criminal justice system," he says in this animated interview. "The enduring view of African Americans in this country is as a race of people who are prone to criminality."

Police : Last Week Tonite

As nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are met with police brutality, John Oliver discusses how the histories of policing and white supremacy are intertwined, the roadblocks to fixing things, and some potential paths forward.

Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History (NPR)

In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today. 

Howard Bryant interview with Dr. Erik Fortune - 12 Nov 2020

Join the Viking Community Today, November 12th at 4:30pm as we discuss The Election Effects and Politics of the Pandemic with Senior Writer for ESPN.com & ESPN The Magazine, Howard “Howie” Bryant. Bryant is also the author of nine books with his most recent publication of Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field. For faculty, this event is aligned with the Social Justice Committee effort to have Courageous Conversations* all year long. Please consider using this event as an extra credit opportunity for students and of course a personal learning growth experience for yourself. As always, please remember, this program facilitates a space for learning, growth, and freedom of speech. This program is not intended to create feelings of discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any form of distress.

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