HHRC Blog

Teaching Tolerance: The Weaponization of Whiteness in Schools

By HHRC | September 25, 2020

White supremacist or anti-Black attitudes don’t belong to only one ideology, one political party or one particular geographical location. These attitudes exist across different regions, socio-economic classes, income levels, education groups and political affiliations. Since both anti-Blackness and white supremacy are baked into our country’s foundation, they often play out in our daily lives.

READ: Teenage Ruth Bader Ginsburg Essay on the Holocaust

By HHRC | September 22, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsberg z”l was tireless and relentless in her pursuit of social justice. She was articulate, determined, intelligent, steadfast and humble. If she had her moments of doubt or fear as she fought her battles – our battles – we did not see them.

Watch: Netflix Documentary ’13th’ explores Constitution, Slavery and Mass Incarceration

By HHRC | September 17, 2020

In the Netflix Documentary “13th,” director Ava DuVernay examines the issue of mass incarceration using footage and testimony from leading scholars and activists.

New Resources for Confronting White Nationalism

By HHRC | September 11, 2020

Educators can play a critical role in recognizing and addressing white nationalism. Two authors of Western States Center’s toolkit, ‘Confronting White Nationalism in Schools,’ explain how.

Rabbi Abraham Heschel on Racism

By HHRC | September 2, 2020

Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel About Rabbi Abraham Heschel By Erica Nadelhaft, HHRC Northern Maine…

Kimberlé Crenshaw on Race

By HHRC | August 26, 2020

“We are a society that has been structured from top to bottom by race. You don’t get beyond that by deciding not to talk about it anymore. It will always…

Antisemitism Past and Present

By Marpheen Chann | August 6, 2020

Antisemitism is not a static phenomenon. It morphs; it changes shape; it adjusts itself to time and place. The idea remains the same, but the outward manifestations, rationale, and terminologies used change. In order to understand the antisemitism of the present day, we must understand the antisemitism of the past.

Tisha B’Av, Walls, and the Work We Do

By HHRC | July 30, 2020

By Erica Nadelhaft, Northern Maine Educator Read at Maine Tisha B’Av Statewide Service on July 29, 2020, hosted by Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Jewish Community Alliance, and the…

Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul?

By HHRC | July 1, 2020

Without careful thought and planning, schools risk alienating Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) stakeholders, reinforcing white saviorism and derailing the possibility of future efforts. Standards and skills can always be retaught, but school culture is too important to get wrong. Your north star is always centering your most marginalized and under resourced students. 

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July by Frederick Douglass

By HHRC | July 1, 2020

Below is an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’ speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July. For teachers, we provide links to incorporate this speech into your curriculum, as…