UNL's Anti-Racism Action Plan: See the "Recommended Resources" List

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln released its Anti-Racism Action Plan, which prompted an ongoing confrontation with elected officials including Gov. Pete Ricketts. Much of the battle is over whether Critical Race Theory is in classrooms on campus.

Check out the Racial Equity "Recommended Resources" List from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and see for yourself!

  1. The first book on the list is How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, and two of the "Articles & Journals" on the recommended list specifically cite Critical Race Theory:
    "A Lesson on Critical Race Theory" by Janel George
  2. "Critical Race Theory is not Anti-Asian" by Mari Matsuda, whose biography says "has spoken from the perspective and increasingly used the method that has come to be known as Critical Race Theory. She is not only one of its most powerful practitioners, but is among a handful of legal scholars credited with its origin."

Yesterday, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (UNLCASNR) posted what they are doing on this issue, which includes a commitment to "incorporating a diversity, equity, and inclusion module as part of our CASNR Start Smart online training program for all incoming students" (see photo below):

In addition, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Marco Barker, posted "The Echoing Call for Systemic Change", which includes links to recommended resources ("Seek out education and information"). The second link, to Conscious Company, contains a list of resources that include the following books/authors at the top of the list: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi, and The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The website also recommends the 1619 Project from the New York Times and "So You Want to Be Woke: A Reading Guide for White People" by Bookriot at the bottom of the page. The Buzzfeed link also recommends DiAngelo, Kendi, and others.

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