#ShutDownSTEM: Reflections from AMS Publications

On June 10th, the AMS closed for “business as usual” in order to participate in #ShutDownSTEM.  AMS Governance spent much of the day building an action plan to account for our own Society’s history of racist behavior and to address inequities in our mathematics community, while much of the staff used the day for self-education and self-reflection.  There were several “office hours” with executives, as well, which I, relatively new to both the AMS and the discipline of mathematics, found very useful and informative as I learned a great deal about the history of the AMS that the organization continues to reckon with.

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Our team found June 10th to be a valuable opportunity to engage with content and reflect on ways we can tackle systemic racism.  For some of us, it sounded like a luxurious opportunity: “I will be paid to read all day? To watch that documentary I have wanted to see?  To engage with my children about this content and these issues?”  And while it was generous of the AMS to give us the time and space to do those things, we all found it energizing, distressing, challenging, gut-wrenching, but not definitely not luxurious.

We wanted to share the resources we found useful.  We hope you will, as well.

Articles, Websites, and Podcasts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/07/06/how-silence-can-breed-prejudice-a-child-development-professor-explains-how-and-why-to-talk-to-kids-about-race

https://www.aaihs.org/the-radical-democracy-of-the-movement-for-black-lives/

https://www.aaihs.org/using-mlk-to-quell-outrage-distorts-his-legacy/

https://m4bl.org/

https://janeelliott.com/

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2018/07/19/guest-post-safiya-umoja-noble-ethics-social-justice-information-part-1/

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/george-floyd-protests-bail-funds-police-brutality-black-lives-matter-1008259/

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

see also: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/09/873066989/the-code-switch-guide-to-race-and-policing

and this article from the Code Switch team: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/03/457251670/how-much-do-we-need-the-police

Movies/Documentaries

American Son

When They See Us

Hidden Figures

13th

I Am Not Your Negro

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Books:

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Becoming, Michelle Obama

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Keni

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell

Raising White Kids, Jennifer Harvey

Algorithms of Oppression, Sofiya Noble

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