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Additional Resources


Alexander, Michelle. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York, NY: The New Press.

Alexander argues mass incarceration has replaced Jim Crow and legal segregation as a system of social control in America.

Hunter, Margaret. (2005). Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone. New York, NY: Routledge.

An examination of how colorism (an ideology which privileges (usually) lighter skin tone) affects African-American and Mexican-American women.

Rodriguez, Richard. (2003, Sep 12). Blaxicans and Other Reinvented Americans. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rodriguez advocates conceptualizing America not as multicultural but as mestizaje.


Alexie, Sherman. (1996). How to Write the Great American Indian Novel (poem). In The Summer of Black Widows. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press.

(Available on the Poetry Foundation website at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237270)

Alexie’s poem parodies stereotypes of American Indians in this instructional (and hilarious) poem.

Alvarez, Julia. (1991). How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.

The story of four sisters who arrive in New York City in the 1960’s after their family leaves a privileged life in the Dominican Republic.

Jordan, June. (2005). Poem About My Rights (poem). In Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press.

(Available on the Poetry Foundation website at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178526
Or listen to June Jordan read the poem here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUSTxhYu7-4)

Jordan begins by saying she can’t go out at night without changing her clothes, skin and gender identity. The poem’s subjects include rape, racism, imperialism, and colorism.


Palos, Ari Luis, & McGinnis, Eren Isabel (2011). Precious Knowledge. United States: Independent Lens.

The documentary Precious Knowledge portrays one of the final years of the highly successful Mexican-American Studies Program at Tucson High School, which was declared illegal by the state of Arizona.

Lipschutz, Marion, & Rosenblatt, Rose. (2013). Young Lakota. United States: Independent Lens.

The political awakening of three young people on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation.

Wilson, Michael. (Writer.) (1954). Salt of the Earth. United States: Independent Production Company.

A miners’ strike (based on a 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico). The film’s writer, director and producer were blacklisted for alleged communist involvement.

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