"Cultural racism - the cultural images and messages that affirm the assumed superiority of whites and the assumed inferiority of people of color - is like smog in the air. Sometimes it is so thick it is visible, other times it is less apparent, but always day in and day out, we are breathing it in... To say it is not our fault does not relieve us of responsibility, however. We may not have polluted the air, but we need to take responsibility, along with others, for cleaning it up. Each of us needs to look at our behavior. Am I perpetuating and reinforcing the negative messages so pervasive in our culture, or am I seeking to challenge them? If I have not been exposed to positive images of marginalized groups, am I seeking them out, expanding my own knowledge base for myself and my children? Am I acknowledging and examining my own prejudices, my own rigid categorizations of others, thereby minimizing the adverse impact they might have on my interactions with those I have categorized? Unless we engage in these and other conscious acts of reflection and reeducation, we easily repeat the process with our children."

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Students Sitting By Themselves?

Educating Ourselves

We gathered the resources on this page to help ANN members who want to explore the questions asked in the quote above from Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, especially in the context and intersection of racism and math education. Our hope is that by providing these resources and space within the organization to learn with each other, we can improve our teaching practice and better serve our students. 

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Intersectional Identities: Do Educators Empower or Oppress? In addressing intersecting identities, educators can contribute to students’ empowerment—or oppression. One Teaching Tolerance intern reflects on her experiences as a Black, female, Muslim student.

Beginning Steps in Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Math Classes

In this piece, veteran teacher and founding member of ANN, Pam Meader shares what she's been learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion in math class. She reminds us of the strengths of the adult numeracy practices that we trust while challenging us to keep learning about the history of racism and our own biases.

Mathematics in Context: The Pedagogy of Liberation

Social justice education isn’t limited to humanities courses. In this article Marian Dingle and Cathery Yeh explain how their commitment to equity informs the way they teach mathematics.  (Learning for Justice, Spring 2021)