UPDATED: June 12, 2020
Mid-Penisula High School’s core values of respect, kindness, acceptance, and responsibility are the heart of our community. We believe diversity enriches our school culture, brings different perspectives to conversations, and leads to deeper academic and social connections in our classrooms, on campus, and beyond. We continue to examine our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, and while we make progress, we know there is always more we can do.
Following is a list of resources about antiracism and social justice.
Book Recommendations by Mid-Pen Faculty and Staff
- BLM-PD by Myron Clifto
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson*
- Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh, et al.
- Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds (You can also listen to this book online for free via Spotify.)
- Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson*
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
- This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Wilson
- The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929 by David A. Chang
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Things that Make White People Uncomfortable, Michael Bennet and Dave Zirin
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum PhD
*Available as an mp3. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to listen to these books.
Antiracism Resources Compiled by Mid-Pen Alum Sarah Sophie Flicker ’90, who was also a leader of the national Women’s March. It is intended to serve as a “resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.”
15 Books (and Anti-Racist Resources) to Add to Your Summer Reading List via California Teacher Development Collaborative
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Books and Movies for Teens and Adults via Education, Excellence, & Equity Resources via E3Educate
An Anti-Racist Reading List via The New York Times
Editorial: Seven things Californians can do right now to fight structural racism via the Los Angeles Times
Resources from the National Association of Independent Schools
How to speak to children about traumatic events
- Talking to children after racial incidents (Penn GSE)
- “George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?” (USA Today)
How to teach about racism and civil unrest
- Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Teaching Tolerance)
- Understanding Race and Privilege (National Association of School Psychologists)
How students can take action
- Author Jason Reynolds helps young people understand what led to the protests we’ve seen over the past week and what children can do to build a less racist society.