Fighting Racial Injustice Together
Things to do right now
Educate ourselves and be aware of our prejudices.
We all have biases and prejudices, but when we expand our world view to better understand the difficult and persistent problem of racism we can choose new thought patterns and actions. Below are some great places to start or to continue learning.
Books to Read
- "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis
- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- "Black Feminist Thought" by Patricia Hill Collins
- "Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah
- "Drowned City" by Donna Jackson Brown
- "Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
- "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson
- "Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later" by Sandy Tolan
- "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the world, and Become a Good Ancestor" by Layla F Saad
- "Monument: Poems New and Selected" by Natasha Trethwey
- "Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All" by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson
- "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Olou
- "Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle" by Kristen Green
- "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother" by James McBride
- "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
- "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore
- "They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives" by Wesley Lowery
- "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
Documentaries, Films and Shows to Watch
- "42: The Jackie Robinson Story" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "13th" (Available on Netflix)
- "A Ballerina's Tale" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "American Son" (Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime)
- "Becoming: Michelle Obama" (Available on Netflix)
- "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Black Stories Presents: Your Attention Please" (Available on Hulu)
- "Blindspotting" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Dear White People" (Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix)
- "Detroit" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap" (Available on YouTube)
- "Freedom Riders" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Hidden Figures" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "I Am Not Your Negro" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "If Beale Street Could Talk" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Just Mercy" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "King In The Wilderness" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992" (Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix)
- "Moonlight" (Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix)
- "Mudbound" (Available on Netflix)
- "Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools" (Available on Youtube)
- "Race" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Reconstruction: America after the Civil War" (Available on PBS online)
- "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker" (Available on Netflix)
- "Selma" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Seven Seconds" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Teach Us All" (Available on Netflix)
- "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" (Available on Netflix)
- "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" (the documentary, not the feature film) (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "The Hate U Give" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "The Loving Story" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "The Uncomfortable Truth" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "Time: The Kalief Browder Story" (Available on Netflix)
- "True Conviction" (Available on Amazon Prime)
- "What Happened, Miss Simone?" (Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix)
- "When They See Us" (Available on Netflix)
Organizations to Follow on Social Media
- Hood College Black Student Union | Instagram
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
More Anti-Racism and Social Justice Resources to Check Out
- ACLU’s Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual
- Baltimore Action Legal Team
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Lives Matter: A Syllabus
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
- Kinłani/Flagstaff Mutual Aid
- Let’s Fight Racism! From the United Nations
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- National Bail Out
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Resources for Coping with Racism and Discrimination
- Sister Song
- Teaching Tolerance
- Things We Can Do Now to End Racism in Our Community
- Trans Justice: A Syllabus
Speak up and act against racism.
Whether it is on social media or face-to-face, conversations with family members or friends, it's important to have these difficult conversations, and to speak up when we hear or see racist activity even though it may be uncomfortable.
Check out 115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color by New York Magazine. They’ve compiled and vetted places to donate to create a guide for anyone with the means and interest in donating as a form of taking action.
Not everyone feels safe or wants to participate in a rally or march and that’s okay. There are other ways you can show up like becoming active in an anti-racist organization. You can join Hood’s Black Student Union or a local chapter of the NAACP, SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice), Black Lives Matter, or others. Or, start a chapter!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Despite our best efforts, we may make a mistake to unwittingly cause anger or hurt. Don’t panic or retreat. Be willing to genuinely listen, learn, engage and apologize. Assume that making mistakes is part of the learning process of being an effective ally.
Vote and tell elected officials we care.
Email or pick up the phone to let decision makers in our communities and nation know that we care about racial justice and are paying attention to their action or inaction.
Take care of yourself.
- Take social media and news breaks.
- Talk to family and friends.
- Accept the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance)—it’s normal to grieve the loss of lives due to police brutality.
- Take care of your mind and body—practice mindfulness, exercise, take a shower or practice another form of self-care to heal from the physical impact of trauma.
- Channel your anger—turn it into something positive by spreading awareness and taking action.
- Get help if you need it—seek professional help from a licensed therapist or reach out to someone you trust at Hood.
- For Hood Students: Hood College Health and Counseling Services, Frederick Health's Toll House Site and/or Active Minds
- For Hood employees: BHS Employee Assistance Program
- NAMI (National Alliance Mental Health)
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Advanced Behavioral Health
- Thriving Campus
If you know of a resource you think should be added to this page let us know by emailing email@example.com
Dear Hood Community,
Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the date in 1865 that the Union Army’s General Gordon Granger went to Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of both the Civil War and slavery. The declaration came more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, which was supposed to free all enslaved people in the Confederacy.
Now more than ever it is important to recognize this day – both as a sign of hope and a call to action.
Recent events have highlighted continued systemic racism and social injustice for African Americans, demonstrating how much work there still is to be done.
In 2017, Hood launched its strategic plan, Moving Together Beyond Boundaries, which included Strengthen the Hood Community as one of its three primary goals. In part, the plan stated that: “Hood has been characterized by a community that cares deeply about and respects each individual member and is known for the care and support we provide to our students. We must affirm and strengthen that culture in order to provide a vibrant, inclusive and rewarding environment for our students, faculty and staff.”
Many steps have been taken to achieve that goal: increasing the diversity of our trustees, faculty and staff; establishing the Class of 1968 Diversity Scholarship; opening the Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement in order to expand opportunities for students to engage in civic activities focused on social justice issues; providing diversity training for all members of our community; adapting structures, policies and activities to be more inclusive; and most recently, creating a process and policies to decisively respond to incidents of bias. We have committed to an administrative restructuring plan that includes a vice president whose responsibilities will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
And yet, there is so much more to be done. As Hood’s president, I am fully committed to those efforts. Also, as an institution of higher education, we are all called upon to help address social and educational disparities in our wider community. I ask each member of the Hood community to join me in not letting this moment in history pass. Students, I encourage you to continue using your voices and your passion -- we are truly stronger together.
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
Dear Hood Community,
Our spirits have been challenged by the COVID-19 crisis and the individual ways it has affected each of us. Just as we see the reopening of counties and states, we are struck by another national tragedy – the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, while in police custody. Like so many of you, I am heartbroken over yet another senseless death of a man of color by those who have sworn to protect us and uphold the law. These acts of violence are occurring all too often, and we must not only condemn them but demand justice.
My heart goes out to our students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni of color who are once again reminded of the inequities and violence they continue to face. I see you. I support you. I stand beside you. As some protests are turning violent, I pray for the residents, especially our students and alumni who make their home in those cities, that they stay safe.
At Hood, we will continue to strive to uphold the ideals of the values pledge brought forth by the Student Government Association in 2018-19. We will hold tight to the sense of unity we shared last December when we walked from one side of campus to the other, proclaiming No Hate at Hood.
Stay safe, stay strong, and be kind to one another.
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
Dear Hood College Students:
We, the faculty at Hood College, stand with you in unity. We have witnessed the events of the past several nights, and experienced the frustration and anger engendered by the reasons that created a need for the protests. We, like you, understand that the protests and frustrations are not just about the murder of African Americans by law enforcement. They are also about the daily harassments and indignities suffered by black and brown people at the hands of the criminal justice system and far too many other entities and individuals. We, too, have been greatly impacted by the frustration inherent in witnessing a disproportionate number of black and brown people die from the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that the anger in the country at this time is about the structural inequality that has created seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress. We stand with you in unity.
At times it seems that things have not gotten better, but we must all remember that people working together in solidarity have made changes in society. We realize that it does not feel like this at the present moment. The pain of what we are witnessing, experiencing, seems overwhelming. The static nature of how black lives are devalued in this country is maddening, but remember that we can facilitate change. We, as a people, can and will prevail. History tells us that change has occurred through the persistence of those who stand up for justice and work to eliminate racism. The foot soldiers who woke up each morning and put one foot in front of the other on the path toward freedom during the Modern Civil Rights Movement did not stop. They worked to create new moral paradigms; they successfully urged the creation of new legislation. They stood together for the cause of liberty, of justice, to force a nation to confront its wicked reality and to make the words written in the founding documents apply to all. We can and must continue the work of those foot soldiers as we march toward a world of equity and justice.
We, the faculty at Hood College, are here to help create and maintain community. At this time, we ask that you take care of yourselves both physically and mentally. If you are struggling and need help, please reach out to any one of us and we will help you.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated: "Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be." If you are searching for ways that you can get involved in facilitating change, there are links at the end of this message that you might find helpful.
- Dr. Terry Anne Scott – Associate Professor of History, Director of African Americans Studies
- Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs – Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science
- Dr. Malikah Marrus – Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education
- Dr. Diane R. Graves – Associate Professor of Psychology – Program Director, Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior
- Dr. Atiya R. Smith – Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Advisor to BSUDr. Malikah Marrus – Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education
- Dr. Hoda Zaki - Professor Emerita of Political Science - Founder of the African American Studies Program, Hood College
- Dr. Lisa Marcus – Professor of French
- Dr. Emilie Amt – Hildegarde-Pilgram Professor of History
- Dr. Heather Mitchell-Buck – Associate Professor of English
- Dr. Janis Judson – Professor of Political Science - Chair of Law and Criminal Justice
- Dr. April Jehan Morris – Associate Professor of Art History
- Dr. Ann Boyd - Professor of Biology - Program Director, Master's in Biomedical Science
- Dr. Danielle Albrecht - Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Dr. Ashish Chakradhar - Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. April M. Boulton, - Dean of the Graduate School - Associate Professor of Biology
- Cheryl D. Parrott, MA, CT, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
- Professor Katherine Orloff - Associate Professor of Journalism - Director, Communication Arts Program - Co-Director, Integrated Marketing Communication major
- Dr. Katrina P. Jongman-Sereno - Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
- Dr. Teresa Rivera Bean – Assistant Professor of Law and Criminal Justice
- Andy Nichols - Adjunct Instructor, Physical Education
- Dr. Anita Jose - Professor of Management and ACBSP Coordinator
- Dr. Amy Gottfried – Professor of English
- Dr. Drew Ferrier – Professor of Biology – Director, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
- Dr. Shannon Kundey - Associate Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Jay Harrison – Associate Professor History, Department Chair
- Dr. Donald Wright - Professor of French and Arabic - Director of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Dr. Wayne L. Wold – Professor of Music
- Dr. Brenna Hill - Adjunct, Biology Department
- Dr. Didier Course - Professor of French - Cultural Studies
- Alan Goldenbach - Assistant Professor of Journalism
- Dr. Emily Southgate - Senior Scholar, Biology Department
- Reverend Beth O’Malley – Dean of the Chapel
- Dr. Fred Bohrer - Professor of Art (emeritus), Department of Art and Archaeology
- Dr. Elizabeth Knapp - Associate Professor of English, Co-Director of the Creative Writing Concentration
- Dr. David R. Hixson - Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Cultural Geography
- Dr. Ahmed H. Salem - Associate Professor of Computer science and Information Technology
- Director of Master of Information Technology
- Dr. Kerry Strand - Professor Emeritus of Sociology
- Dr. Elizabeth B. Chang - Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Dr. Kristine Calo - Associate Professor of Education - Program Director, Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction
- Dr. Laura Moore – Associate Professor of Sociology, Department Chair
- Dr. Ricky Hirschhorn, Professor of Biology
- Dr. Marisel N. Torres-Crespo - Associate Professor of Education - Coordinator of Online Instruction - Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
- Dr. Tricia K. Strickland – Associate Professor of Education - Elementary / Special Education Program Coordinator
- Dr. Sara Malec - Assistant Professor of Mathematics
- Dr. Xinlian Liu - Associate Professor of Computer Science
- Dr. Susan Carney - Associate Professor of Biology - Director, Environmental Biology Master’s Program
- James Stanker, Visiting Professor of Business and Economics
- Dr. Martha Bari--Assistant Professor of Art History
- Dr. Elizabeth Atwood - Associate Professor of Journalism - Head Small Programs Interest Group/AEJMC
- Dr. Elizabeth Mackessy-Lloyd, Assistant Professor, Nursing
- Dr. Paulette Shockey - Assistant Professor
- Terry Buck - Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts
- Dr. Shannon Kakkar - Assistant Professor, Counseling Department
- Dr. Jennifer C. Ross – Professor of Art & Archaeology
- Dr. Megan Shaine – Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling -Practicum and Internship Coordinator Core Faculty, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
- Dr. Scott E. Pincikowski - Professor of German - Director of Study Abroad - Fulbright Adviser
- Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine – Professor of Psychology
- Erika Moyer - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach / PE Director
- Dr. David Gurzick - Associate Professor of Management - Department Chair, The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business
- Dr. Ellen G. Koitz - Associate Professor of Education and Director of the MS in Reading Specialization Program
- Dr. Noel Verzosa, Jr. - Associate Professor of Music - Chair of the Music Department
- Dr. Daehwan Kim - Assistant Professor of Biology - The Hodson/Maryland Endowed Chair in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education
- Dr. Christopher J. Stromberg - Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Georgette N. Jones - Assistant Professor of Biology
- Gretchen Nonemaker – Student Success Coach
- Kathryn Ryberg - Reference and Education Services Librarian
- Dr. Eric Annis, - Associate Professor of Biology
- Dr. Molly B. Moreland – Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology
- Kaitlyn May – Access Services Librarian
- Jessica Hammack - Reference and Education Services Librarian
- Dr. Allen P. Flora – Professor of Physics
- Joseph Haymore, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC - Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Dr. Trevor Dodman – Associate Professor of English
- Dr. Lisa J. Littlefield – Dean, Center for Career Development
- Dr. Karen D. Hoffman - Professor of Philosophy - Honors Program, Co-Director – Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Mary Atwell – Archivist and Collections Development Librarian
- Dr. Jamie K. Jones - Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work
- Dr. Ryan Safner - Assistant Professor of Economics
- Elfie Chang - Metadata & Cataloging Librarian
- Ms. Stephanie Curran - Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and Religion
- Dr. Michelle Gricus - Assistant Professor of Social Work
- Dr. Christy D. Graybeal - Associate Professor of Education, Department Chair
- Dr. Kathy Falkenstein – Associate Professor of Biology, Department Chair
- Dr. Corey Campion – Associate Professor of History
- Lisa Copenhaver – Director of Student Success
- Linda J. Kennedy, PhD, RN, CNE - Chair, Baccalaureate Nursing Program - Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Dr. G. Dimitoglou - Associate Professor of Computer Science
- Dr. Jerry Van Winter – Associate Professor of Marketing
- Chris Gibeau – Head Swimming Coach / Aquatic Director
- Dr. Ann Stewart - Professor of Mathematics - Chair, Department of Mathematics
- Dr. Carin Robinson - Department of Political Science
- Dr. Paige Eager - Professor of Political Science - Director, Center for Global Studies - Program Director, Global Studies Major
- Melissa Carter - Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Craig Laufer, Professor of Biology and Co-Director Honors Program
- Griselda Zuffi - Professor of Spanish - Chair Department of Global Languages and Cultures
- Dr. Eric C. Kindahl - Associate Professor of Biology - Director, Environmental Science & Policy Program
- Dr. Andrew Campbell, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Counseling
- Dr. Jen Krishnaswamy - Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
- Dr. Mel Zuberi – Assistant Professor of Marketing
- Dr. Aijuan Dong, Associate Professor - Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
- Jennifer Schum, Dean of Student Success
- Brooke Witherow, Assistant Professor of Communications
- Dr. Janak Joshi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
- Dr. Rebecca Grove - Assistant Professor, Education Department
- Dr. Mary Jo Anderson, Assistant Professor of Management, Endowed Chair of Project Management
- Dr. Aaron Angello - Sophia M. Libman Professor of Humanities
- Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE - Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Michael Brazda, Adjunct Instructor Sociology
- Jennifer Schum, Dean of Student Success
- Dr. Jennifer Locraft Cuddapah - Associate Professor of Education
- Dr. Oney P. Smith, Professor of Biology
- Dr. Miranda Darby - Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
- Dee Engel Oliva - RN Hood Health Nurse
- Dr. Susan Ensel - Whitaker Professor of Chemistry - Advisor of DC
- Dr. Carol M. Jim - Assistant Professor of Computer Science
- Chaz Martinsen - Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Ceramics Program Director
- Dr. Kathleen C. Bands - Professor of Education - Program Director, Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership
- Paula Gordon - PDS Director, Elementary & Secondary Liaison
- RoseAnn Markow Lester - Adjunct Instructor, Music Department
- Sandra L. Thomas-Lalmansingh, PhD, RN, CMSRN - Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Dr. Jen Krishnaswamy - Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
- Brian D. Hinkley - Adjunct Instructor, Music Department
Things that you can do now to eradicate racial injustice and promote change:
The following link includes numbers for various offices in Minnesota. You can call today to urge officials to arrest the three police officers who remain free as of today:
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law