Resources Addressing Racial Justice

Alexander, M. (2012). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York: The New Press.

Anderson, C. (August 29, 2014). Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. The Washington Post,

Balko, R. How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty.

Bennett, B. (December 17, 2014). I don’t know what to do with good white people.

Casselman, B. (August 26, 2014). The poorest corner of town.

Cooper, B.  (January 21, 2015). Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash.

Democracy NOW. (November 20, 2014). “Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice.

Democracy NOW. (December 1, 2014). Dehumanizing the Black Lives of America: Michael Eric Dyson on Ferguson, Police Brutality and Race.

Democracy NOW. (February 10, 2015). Ferguson Residents Challenge “Modern Debtors’ Prison Scheme” Targeting Blacks with Fines, Arrests.

Duca, L. (August 20, 2014).  7 documentaries you can stream right now to better understand what’s going on in Ferguson. The Huffington Post,

Eberhardt, Jennifer. L.  Dr. Eberhardt is a social psychologist at Stanford University who studies race and inequity, especially in the criminal justice context. Her faculty page can be found at:  She was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2014 in recognition of her work. Her webpage is a good place to find up-to-date, state-of-the-art research findings that directly relate to “real world issues.”

Fisher, M. (2014). How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country. Retrieved from

Garza, A. (October 7, 2014). A herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Goodman, A. (November 27, 2014). Shaking the heavens in Ferguson, Missouri.

Harding, K. Ten things white people can do about Ferguson besides tweet.

Jarecki, E., Barnes, J., Fraser, N., Glover, D., Legend, J., Pitt, B., Simmons, R., ... Virgil Films (Firm),. (2013). The house I live in. [Documentary]

Jeffries, M.P. (November 28, 2014). Ferguson must force us to face anti-blackness.

Moyers & Company, Interview with Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream, Published on December 20, 2013, is a recommended blog. According to the site, the contributors “are scholars and researchers from sociology and a number of other social science disciplines and a variety of academic institutions across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere.”

This American Life (2015). Cops see it differently, Part 1 and Part 2.

U.S. Department of Justice (2015). Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Retrieved from

Western, B. (2006). Punishment and inequality in America. New York: Russell Sage.

Wilkerson, I. (2010). The warmth of other suns: The epic story of America’s great migration. New York: Vintage Books.