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The Valente Center for Arts and Sciences is committed to promote racial justice, equity and inclusion on our campus and beyond. The center is involved in Bentley University's Task Force on Racial Justice. 

Library Resources on Racial Justice

Books on Racial Justice

Tacit Racism by Anne Rawls and Waverly Duck

In Tacit Racism, Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck illustrate the many ways in which racism is coded into the everyday social expectations of Americans, in what they call Interaction Orders of Race. They argue that these interactions can produce racial inequality, whether the people involved are aware of it or not, and that by overlooking tacit racism in favor of the fiction of a "color-blind" nation, we are harming not only our society's most disadvantaged--but endangering the society itself.

Anne Rawls is a Professor of Sociology at Bentley University.

Tacit Racism is available to download from the Bentley library. See link for the book


Free Resources

"Black"Black Lives Matter
Ethnomethodological and Conversation Analytic Studies of Race and Systemic Racism in Everyday Interaction

This free book is authored by Anne Warfield Rawls and Waverly Duck. Published 2020.

Waverly Duck is an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Pittsburgh. 

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Racism in America

A Reader. Foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed

By The Harvard University Press

 Download now

Racial Justice Events

"myths" Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data" A talk by author Julie J. Park, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park


April 1, 2021

View recording of the talk on our events page


Blackness and Anti-Blackness in American Public Life

Thursday, Feb 18th, 6:30 - 8pm

Register for webinar here

"Yearwood" Lets Talk About Environmental Justice

 with Rev. Lennox Yearwood 

 See recording from his talk on Nov 10th, 2020


Tacit Racism: a Clear and Present Danger - Recording and Slides

Recording from the talk, October 13th, 2020

Slides from the presentation