Students, thank you for attending the WR 112 Spring 2021 discussion about race, racism, and antiracism! This page contains a series of follow-up activities for you to continue learning more about and reflecting on these important topics.
To be more aware of and take more steps toward intercultural literacy (our WR 112 Hub unit), defined as the “ability to orient ourselves when outside our cultural comfort zones…and to work with sensitivity with people from different backgrounds”; to define key terms such as institutional racism and antiracism; to learn a little more about race and racism in Boston, in the past and present; to explore one of the aspects of race, racism, or antiracism (in Boston or beyond) in greater detail; to reflect more on one’s own racial identity in light of new learning and experiences.
inclusion; diversity; racism; antiracism; experiential learning
- Fill out this quick (anonymous) form to give your feedback on the discussion session.
- Watch the slideshow (see below) another time, or click through the list of links referenced in the slides.
- Complete one of the ten optional follow-up activities, in which you’ll read, view, or discuss something connected with our session (see below).
- Create something–a poem, a work of art, a meme, a protest sign, a sketch of a piece of public art, a written reflection, a list of questions or thoughts, an essay, a journal entry, etc.–in response to our discussion and your follow-up activity. You may begin by responding to any or all of the questions below, but you are free to write widely beyond them.
- Consider submitting your follow-up reflection and/or creation below for inclusion in a special online journal of WR 112 students’ work connected to these topics.
10 Ways to Keep Learning About Race, Racism, and Antiracism
- Read about anti-Black racism and the 1970s Boston school desegregation in Boston.
- Read more about hate crimes against Asian Americans, and Asian perspectives on racism.
- Read about anti-Black racism and the wealth gap in Boston today.
- Read about how anti-Black racism hurts people of all races.
- Reflect more on your own racial identity, completing a few pages in this workbook which we began to use together in our session.
- Watch this video of a Native American speaker discussing colonization and anti BIPOC racism from a Native perspective.
- Attend this online talk with an author of a book on Asian American teenagers and identity.
- Explore public art, much of it about race and identity, in person, using the Boston mural map to find some amazing art installations in Boston to walk around and view safely outdoors.
- Explore Black history in Boston by walking part or all of the Black Heritage Trail.
- Experience the “Black Histories, Black Futures” exhibit in person at the Museum of Fine Arts (exhibit is visible with any general admission ticket; timed entry, limited capacity, increased ventilation, social distancing, and health screening measures are in place).
Questions to Reflect On
- What did the discussion session make you think about or wonder? Why?
- Which additional reading (or viewing/experience) did you choose to do, and why? What did you learn from it?
- What have you noticed about the different ways that race, racism, and/or antiracism manifest themselves in your home country/culture and in Boston or the United States in general? What is interesting and/or eye-opening about these differences?
- What kind of creative and/or emotional response do you have to these topics, or to our discussion? What photograph, image, poem, sketch, etc. can help convey something to someone else about your feelings?
- What do you wish BU would do to help students learn more about these ideas and to become more antiracist? What is your vision for the BU of the future?
Slide Show and References/Links
PART 1: INTRODUCTION
- Images to Discuss
- Language Matters
PART 2: CASE STUDY: BOSTON
- Redlining and Segregated Cities
- Boston Magazine article on redlining
- Boston demographics (Boston Public Health Commission, 2017)
- Segregation by Design (Facebook page with aerial shots showing the effects of redlining)
- Nubian Square
- Martin Luther King Jr
- Asian Americans in Boston (and Beyond)
- NBC Boston article about recent rise in hate crimes
- Boston Chinatown in solidarity with Black communities
- Black-Asian antiracism coalitions from AAPI perspectives
- Black-Asian antiracism coalitions from Black perspectives
- Stop AAPI Hate reporting site
- Redlining and Segregated Cities
PART 3: WORKING TOWARD ANTIRACISM
Submission Form for Online Journal
More specifically, students may submit anything they wrote or created this year (2020-2021) that connects to the “intercultural literacy” aspect of our Hub unit, particularly (though not exclusively) about the interconnected themes of race, institutional racism, and antiracism.
Your submissions can take many forms, including but not limited to the following:
- An academic essay
- A journal/reflective piece
- A summary of/reactions to a reading they did or event they attended or neighborhood they visited, etc.
- A poem or short story or memoir or other creative written piece
- A comic, sketch, photograph, or other visual creation, with a brief statement contextualizing it
This submission form is no longer available.