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Saartje Baartman (aka Hottentot Venus)
Brief biography from the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism on Saartje Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman who was exhibited in nineteenth-century Europe as the Hottentot Venus.
Source: Gale Virtual Reference Library
Jim Crow Museum
The mission of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is to use "objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice."
Visit this site to gain some background information on Jim Crow Etiquette
or learn more about why this museum and these artifacts are still relevant today
Microaggressions: Be Careful What You Say
Read and/or listen this NPR interview with Dr. Derald Wing Sue as he discussion the impact micro-aggressions, sexual orientation micro-aggressions, and disability micro-aggressions have on mental health and address what can be done to combat them..
Video Features Young Women Quoting Examples of Microaggressions
Watch this SheKnows YouTube video that features young women sharing examples of microaggressions and speaking to their impact.
Source: SheKnows YouTube Channel
Access a version of Dr Wing Sue's "Examples of Racial Microaggressions".
Source: Univ of Minnesota's School of Public Health, Health Equity Work Group
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"[Robin] Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora in the twentieth century...'an inspiring work on the power of imagination to transform society.'"
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Call number: eBook or HV9950 .A437 2010 (2nd floor, ARC Library)
In several interviews, Rankine shares how important this book was to her as she wrote Citizen.
Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life
Read Dr. Derald Wing Sue's article, "Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice".
Claudia Rankine: Interviews & Reviews
“I Am Invested in Keeping Present the Forgotten Bodies.”
A December 2014 interview with Rankine. Topics discussed include her use of various artworks (e.g. Slave Ship, Cerebral Caverns, Black Angel, etc.); Rankine's writing process and influences; explorations of our humanity, etc.
New York Times Book Review
A December 2014 New York Times review of Citizen.
Color Codes: A Poet Examines Race in America
The New Yorker's October 2014 review of Citizen.
Claudia Rankine on Citizen: An American Lyric
A 9 minute interview of Claudia Rankine at the LA Times Festival of Books in April 2015.
Citizen: An American Lyric - Book Talk
Video of Claudia Rankine reading excerpts and discussing Citizen at the LA Book Festival in April 2015.
Poet Claudia Rankine: ‘The Invisibility of Black Women is Astounding’
The writer asked friends for their experiences of everyday racism and turned them into the award-winning Citizen. Here she talks about the power of making private anecdotes public. Published June 2015.
Source: The Guardian
Interview in Bomb Magazine
In this October 2014 interview, writer and interviewer Lauren Berlant joins Claudia Rankine to discuss their shared interest "in how writing can allow us to amplify overwhelming scenes of ordinary violence while interrupting the sense of a fated stuckness."
Claudia Rankine on Blackness as the Second Person
The National Book Award finalist on chronicling everyday racism, the violence inherent in language, and the continuum from Rodney King to Michael Brown. November 2014.
Source: Guernica: A Magazine of Global Art & Politics
On Being Seen: An Interview with Claudia Rankine from Ferguson
Interviewer, Alexander Schwartz, speaks to Claudia Rankine about St. Louis, Ferguson, Citizen, and Hughes's poem, “Let America Be America Again” in August 2014.
The Racial Imaginary Institute
Claudia Rankine, along with a group of other artists, launched the Racial Imaginary Institute as a way to further explore the questions raised in the book. Visit the site's About
page to learn more.
Source: Gray Wolf Press