MUSE in Focus:
Confronting Structural Racism

A selection of scholarship from Project MUSE publishers on the history of structural racism in the United States and how the country can realize anti-racist reform.
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others at the hands of structural racism have shone a spotlight on racial violence, police brutality, and the deep systemic issues that enable it. Recent protests are calling not only for justice in individual cases of brutality, but for total reform of a system built on decades of racism and inequity. For real change to occur, it is essential to consult the deep corpus of existing evidence-based scholarship on race, history, and public policy to help chart a path toward an anti-racist future.
“MUSE in Focus: Confronting Structural Racism” is a selection of scholarly books and articles from a wide range of publishers and perspectives about the history of racism in America, its endurance throughout society, and how the country can respond now to enact meaningful and lasting reform. We hope that this selection of research can help inform the necessary conversations and actions around this topic.
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BOOKS
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power
By Simon Balto
The University of North Carolina Press, 2019
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“I’m Not a Racist, But...”: The Moral Quandary of Race
By Lawrence Blum
Cornell University Press, 2019
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The Morehouse Model: How One School of Medicine Revolutionized Community Engagement and Health Equity
By Ronald L. Braithwaite, Tabia Henry Akintobi, Daniel S. Blumenthal, W. Mary Langley, and Valerie Montgomery Rice
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020
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The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race
By Adrienne Brown
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
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Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College
By Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
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Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance
By Robert T. Chase
The University of North Carolina Press, 2019
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From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence
By Hannah L. F. Cooper and Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019
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Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
By Vicki L. Crawford, Lewis V. Baldwin, Robert Franklin, Victor Anderson, Lewis V. Baldwin, and Rufus Burrow Jr.
University of Georgia Press, 2019
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False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory
By Adam H. Domby
University of Virginia Press, 2020
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Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State
By Garrett Felber
The University of North Carolina Press, 2020
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Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor
By Ronald P. Formisano
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
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Losing Power: African Americans and Racial Polarization in Tennessee Politics
By Sekou M. Franklin and Ray Block Jr.
University of Georgia Press, 2020
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Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund
By Marybeth Gasman
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
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White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights
By Justin Gomer
The University of North Carolina Press, 2020
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The Algiers Motel Incident
By John Hersey and Danielle L. McGuire
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019
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Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag: Twenty-First-Century Acts of Self-Definition
By Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Duchess Harris, Janell Hobson, and Tammy Owens
University of Arizona Press, 2019
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Labor in the Time of Trump
By Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson
Cornell University Press, 2020
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Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature
By Sonya Posmentier
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
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Selma’s Bloody Sunday: Protest, Voting Rights, and the Struggle for Racial Equality
By Robert A. Pratt
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016
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Young Frederick Douglass
By Dickson J. Preston and David W. Blight
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018
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Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers
By Howard Rambsy II
University of Virginia Press, 2020
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Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing
By Anthony Reed
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014
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After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock
By Craig Rood
Penn State University Press, 2019
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Pushing Back: Women of Color–Led Grassroots Activism in New York City
By Ariella Rotramel
University of Georgia Press, 2020
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Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience
By John Brooks Slaughter, Yu Tao, and Jr Pearson
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
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Black Towns, Black Futures: The Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West
By Karla Slocum
The University of North Carolina Press, 2019
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Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Social Violence
By Jack Tager
Northeastern University Press, 2019
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Life and Death in Rikers Island
By Homer Venters
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019
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Between Remembrance and Repair: Commemorating Racial Violence in Philadelphia, Mississippi
By Claire Whitlinger
The University of North Carolina Press, 2020
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The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS
By Dagmawi Woubshet
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
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ISSUES
“Special Issue: Trump’s America? Disquiet Campus? Marginalized College Students, Faculty, and Staff Reflect on Learning, Working, Living, and Engaging”
Edited by Jennifer F. Hamer
Women, Gender, and Families of Color
Volume 6, no. 1 (Spring 2018)
University of Illinois Press
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“Supplement Issue: Disposable Bodies”
Theory & Event
Volume 17, no. 3 Supplement (2014)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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ARTICLES
“White Privilege and the Erroneous Conscience: Rethinking Moral Culpability and Ignorance”
By Elizabeth Sweeny Block
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics Volume 39, no. 2 (November 25, 2019)
Philosophy Documentation Center
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“#Blacklivesmatter and the State of Asian/America”
By Jian Neo Chen
Journal of Asian American Studies
Volume 20, no. 2 (June 13, 2017)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Macroaggressions and Civil Discourse”
By Donna M. Druery, Jemimah L. Young, and Chanda Elbert
Women, Gender, and Families of Color
Volume 6, no. 1 (July 18, 2018)
University of Illinois Press
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“‘Can’t Jail the Revolution’: Policing, Protest, and the MOVE Organization in Philadelphia’s Carceral Landscape”
By Tajah Ebram
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Volume 143, no. 3 (November 21, 2019)
University of Pennsylvania Press
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“Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience”
By Imaani Jamillah El-Burki
Feminist Teacher
Volume 27, no. 2 (2017)
University of Illinois Press
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“Anchor Babies and Welfare Queens: An Essay on Political Rhetoric, Gendered Racism, and Marginalization”
By Carly Hayden Foster
Women, Gender, and Families of Color
Volume 5, no. 1 (May 4, 2017)
University of Illinois Press
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“The Perverse Pact: Racism and White Privilege”
By Adrienne Harris
American Imago
Volume 76, no. 3 (October 5, 2019)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Playing the Race Game: A Response to Thandeka’s ‘Whites: Made in America’”
By V. Denise James
The Pluralist
Volume 13, no. 1 (May 5, 2018)
University of Illinois Press
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“Affirmations of Flesh: Toni Morrison’s Gaze into the Human”
By Mina Karavanta
Callaloo
Volume 40, no. 4 (2017)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Policing and the ‘War on Black Bodies’”
By Chenjerai Kumanyika
College Literature
Volume 43, no. 1 (January 14, 2016)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“‘On the Outside End’: Systems of Oppression and Academic Success”
By Barbara LeSavoy
Black Women, Gender & Families
Volume 4, no. 2 (November 6, 2010)
University of Illinois Press
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“Dear Citizen”
By Marcus B. McArthur
African American Review
Volume 52, no. 1 (March 16, 2019)
Johns Hopkins University Press
“Identifying White Mediocrity and Know-Your-Place Aggression: A Form of Self-Care”
By Koritha Mitchell
African American Review
Volume 51, no. 4 (2018)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Rituals of White Privilege: Keith Lamont Scott and the Erasure of Black Suffering”
By Julia Robinson Moore and Shannon Sullivan
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy
Volume 39, no. 1 (April 27, 2018)
University of Illinois Press
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“Tax Preference As White Privilege in the United States, 1921–1965”
By Julia Ott
Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics
Volume 1, no. 1 (2019)
University of Pennsylvania Press
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“Stuff White People Know (or: What We Talk About When We Talk About Trayvon)”
By Mark Reinhardt
Theory & Event
Volume 15, no. 3 (August 30, 2012)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Beneath and Beyond the Forty-Fifth American Presidency”
By Derik Smith
African American Review
Volume 51, no. 4 (2018)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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“Debunking the Myth of the ‘Angry Black Woman’: An Exploration of Anger in Young African American Women”
By J. Celeste Walley-Jean
Black Women, Gender & Families
Volume 3, no. 2 (October 29, 2009)
University of Illinois Press
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