"I know that by learning together, working together and standing together against racism and other forms of oppression on campus and in our community, we can make Pellissippi State even stronger."
- Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise
Watching George Floyd’s murder unfold in real-time on national television has placed a glaring spotlight on systemic issues of racism worldwide. While police brutality against people of color is not new, the timing of this incident was unique. We were in our homes sheltering in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and could not escape the horror of watching his life slip away with a police officer’s knee and full body weight pressing on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds. Those 8 minutes 46 seconds sparked the world to cry out for justice not only for Mr. Floyd, but for so many others including Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and now Jacob Blake. President Wise and his Senior Leadership Team reached out to the campus community following Mr. Floyd’s murder. On June 19th, 2020, President Wise affirmed that Pellissippi State is an anti-racist institution and vows to seek out and eliminate systemic policies, practices and procedures that yield inequities. As an early step, we are providing the enclosed resources for our campus community. We will update these resources regularly. During fall 2020 a team of faculty, staff and students will assist the college with developing a campus-wide anti-racism plan (PDF). This team will present its findings and recommendation to the President by November 2020.
If you have questions or would like to assist in this effort, please contact Annazette Houston at email@example.com.
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by bell hooks
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
by Andrea J. Ritchie
by Bryan Stevenson
Raising Our Hands
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The Bluest Eye
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This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
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Common Coping Strategies (PDF)
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Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences
by Tiffany Jana & Matthew Freeman
Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion
by Tiffany Jana & Ashley Diaz Mejias
Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law
by Justin D. Levinson
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
by Patricia Hill Collins
How To Be An Antiracist
by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy
by Layla F. Saad
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Just Mercy (2019)
The Hate U Give (2018)