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Considers the ways that higher ed is being co-opted for “free speech” that advances a white supremacist agenda.
What if refugees were integrated and empowered? "All across Europe, oceans of housing lie empty"--why can't we find solutions?
A reminder that change is possible. And that relationships are a major influence on that change. Also that remorse is empty without future action to address the problem.
Higher education is under attack, and the approach of exploiting faculty and devaluing teaching is troubling. An alternative vision is possible.
Not much sympathy for the anxiety of the wealthy, but it is definitely true that excessive wealth is the problem. And its good to have an example of wealthy people trying to address the inequity from which they benefit (https://resourcegeneration.org/)
Students' response to the Parkland school shooting: protest, resist, challenge the system. Courageous. Also presents the normalization of school shootings and gun culture.
Boundaries, triggering, obligation, help, breathe, grounding, self-care.
Some perspectives from some American women who wear hijab.
Inspirational message about how civic engagement works and what people are doing.
The amazing story of Fred Korematsu and others involved in the 1983 decision.
Rare persepective on Israel from someone who lived through all of the history.
A call out of the Chronicle of Higher Education's request to FoC to share experiences, with a great list of ways to undermine White supremacy in the academy through action rather than voyeurism
Constructive and destructive criticism, effective strategies, primarily in a university environment.
Documents glass ceiling for AsAms, providing statistics in research in multiple professions including tech, law, banking, accounting, and generally.
video Reverse Racism   80
Reverse racism de-mystified with historical and systemic context and meaning.
Several suggestions, including a shift from access to abortion towards a movement for bodily autonomy.
Really clear explanation as to why round-robin pronoun introductions are not a good idea.
Some clear perspective on a few common types of statements regarding mentally ill folks and psychiatry.
Compelling personal testimony, perspective and call to action from a white professional basketball player.
Apparently a large percentage of the population perceives attention to problematic racial terms as a display of cultural superiority rather than a concern for social justice.
Introduces implicit bias, why it is so important to address, and how to do that, using black men as the running example.
Four part podcast series exploring Latinx history and experience in the US (link is to first episode in this series). Includes interviews with Latinx scholars and activists, attends to diversity and intersectionality.
This Robin DiAngelo interview provides an excellent introduction to the concept of white fragility and to how white people (and people with privilege in other areas of identity) are never free of their oppressive socialization and have to actively work against it. Includes good, concrete suggestions for increased awareness, action, and repair.
A stellar article that considers defensiveness and White fragility in depth. Helps students understand the central role of ally development in activism.
Beautifully done dance video that captures the range of emotions and tensions, ending with a re-connection.
Resistance to the single story or single vie of what it means to be Muslim in the U.S. Reflects the diversity of Muslims and offers some great initiatives
This weekly podcast hosted by DeRay Mckessan discusses social and racial justice issues, often providing historical background, as well as actions that can be taken currently. Focuses particularly on issues in our current context. Extremely informative, and includes an emphasis on hope, while also looking realistically at injustice and inequity.
Good practical advice. "These backlashes against social justice scholarship and activism are a reminder of the pervasive nature of everyday white supremacy in our culture."
What Is an Inclusion Rider? Here’s an Explainer. A way to promote equity and access by using power to ensure change for others.
Excellent overview of longitudinal research showing the effects of race on employment, education, and social class mobility. And protective factors. Disaggregates by gender and immigration.
Offers three concrete ways to respond to oppression. The strategy of asking questions (rather than making statements to convince or argue) is one I have found especially effective.
A good but very basic introduction to why "positive" stereotypes aren't positive.
A direct and accessible discussion of complex racial issues and how to talk about them. Addresses privilege and power, police brutality, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and other challenging topics.
Analysis of the attack on “liberal education.” Emphasizes erosion of diversity inititiatives aimed at equity, the co-opting of oppression and minority status, and the detrimental consequences of protecting hate and bigotry in the name of equality, “civility," and free speech.
Playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race is dangerous and counterproductive. Addresses issues related to how "equal" voice is not at all equitable.
Thanksgiving—a myth, a day of mourning, a loss, a family connection. A possible reframe to focus on resiliency and survival and a day of truth?
Provides links to mental health resources for POC
Describes how inner work can help with liberation. Explores the intersection of mindfulness and social justice.
Bias in mentoring and response from faculty. "Racial bias was most evident against Asian students, which surprised researchers…”. Depressing, not surprising. Good documentation of congtinued bias, bias which is often denied or overlooked.
The importance of remember, not covering up. Historical analysis and connections: "Justifying and erasing hundreds of years of white-on-black violence has left many Americans ill-equipped to make sense of racist violence today."
Research analysis of free speech "defense" and underlying bias and motivation. "People pull out free speech when they're defending racist speech, but not when they're defending simply aggressive, or negative speech." And about how language normalizes social attitudes: "norms for prejudice are becoming more tolerant of prejudice even beyond what Trump targeted. So the bad news is that it seems that all prejudices are becoming somewhat more acceptable as the course goes on."
24 Books That Teach About Social Justice. Picture to chapter books. Picture books are great for reading aloud in college, too!
teaching social justice: resources, blog, video interviews, etc. Strategies and content
A guide for selecting social justice books for all ages. Reviews with social justice criteria
Concise and clear relation of specific current events to the need for a moral movement.
"You cannot have a little injustice and call it justice." Calling for actual accountability for racism and White privilege and supremacy. Now.
Sexual torture: American policing and the harassment of black men. "stop-and-frisks are brutal assertions of police dominance of the streets."
A South Asian activists writes about the personal impact of her activism work post 9/11. Provides important validation and support for activists from marginalized communities and highlights the need for community care.
Legally resisting the fight against ethnic studies Includes history of ethnic studies classes and evidence of their positive impact
A brief demonstration of how bias is embedded in our lives in subtle, disturbing ways and why diversity is needed in engineering. An automatic soap dispenser that only responds to white stimuli.
Rhonda Magee reflects on how she uses contemplative practice to find grounding while seeing the painful realities of systemic, institutional, and interpersonal oppression (specifically police killings of Black men in the summer of 2016). These practices may be helpful for folks trying to find ways to be aware and engaged without burnout.
Anti-Nazi film from 1947. Major connections with current 2017 times. Addresses the central strategy of divide and conquer, centers the manipulation of information and the consequences of race. See also: https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/dont-be-a-sucker-anti-nazi-film-charlottesville
Well researched response to the resurgence of tired arguments trying to divide Asians and Blacks. Good point about avoiding responsibility for addressing racism.
A really incisive, thoughtful analysis of Rachel Dolezal and how her claimed racial identity is a product of her white privilege.
Some good points and framing perspective when working together in resistance.
Helpful guidelines and suggestions about how people with class privilege can inadvertently marginalize and silence those from poor and working class backgrounds and how to address those barriers. The context is building coalitions among white people to fight racism, but the ideas transcend this specific context.
Great imagery over an amazing speech. Absolutely worth two minutes of your time to watch and listen.
Great to see this level of international support for indigenous rights and the environment.
Great to see major philanthropic foundations stepping up to fill the holes being torn into the fabric of humanity. They shouldn't have to do this, but very glad that they are.
Well stated points on hard science and racism, with some great background summaries.
Validates distress of racism. Provides coping strategies.
article The Case for Reparations   100
A good, detailed, fact based case for reparations as justice, demonstrating the multiple and cumulative losses of racism. And the history of the precedent. "It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us."
Good overview of research on implicit bias, how to overcome it, and implications for police violence and bias
"The problem is not with the science per se, but with the set of an underlying assumptions about race that we always imprint on the latest science."
Useful guide to everyday intervention for all people who are able to help.
article Becoming Ugly   80
Powerful essay on how sexism and rape culture are normalized and on anger and resistance.
Useful summary categorizations, geolocation, and size numbers although "Hate groups aren’t truly declining — they’re just becoming more covert and secretive."
We need to make the connections, not dismissing the intellectualism or the lived experience that is not couched in jargon with citations. "We deserve justice, and in order to win it we need to understand the complexities and nuances of power, of structural inequality, cultural production and hegemony, and every other concept and theory and abstraction that we need to claim our place as prophets of a new world."
Deeper points on radicalization process analysis, framing of terrorists acts by race, and incitement to violence by leaders.
Highly relevant perspectives from Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II.
Dialogues about why to buy (or not) and keep (or not) racist objects. "'I think it's important to see how a seemingly harmless toy can affect the way we see people who are not like us.'”
Challenging images of mammy, jezebel, and sapphire. Reclaiming voice and vision.
History maker, freedom fighter. See also: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p39.html
I'm not racist, but.... Examples of non-subtle racism that is explained away as not racist because it wasn't meant to be explicitly hateful....or was it?
article whiteaccomplices   90
Actions for white folks, broken down by category and level (Actor/Ally/Accomplice)
"My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, ignoring it, feeding upon it, learning to use it before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life..."
Anger is rational, and the foundation of outrage. "we live in a country that is so deeply emotionally dishonest about both race and racism....I question a society that always sees the product of the provocation and never the provocation itself. "
Not a fan of advertising generally, but I love it when what is marginal becomes mainstream.
"I’m white. I’ve seen and heard other white people say and do racist things.... I won’t stand by and keep your secrets any longer."
award winning, issues facing children and parents supporting.
video Letters From Camp   80
Amazing video of young Muslim Americans reading letters from WWII JA concentration camps with camp survivors. The connection of history to now is so important.
Addresses some of the issues in placing "Blue lives matter" as the response to "Black lives matter" naming the central issues of racism and power differentials
Not really news, but good to have the data about students' experience of safety (or not).
We need to show that we can be angry.... We can be human. Because only when we do, can we resurrect from the grave, pump blood back into our systems, have our skins grow back and become visible once again.
Good suggestions for specific things to say in interactions with family, friends, strangers, public, and others.
A great list of web popular resources, (blog posts and news articles), etc for White people seeking to build a foundation of understanding about race and racism.
Names specific ways that well intentioned White people enact racism even as they are trying to not do so.
holding onto hope post-Trump, but recognizing how privilege informs that to understand the fear and the pain
Thought provoking blog, considers tensions of sharing culture and culture as changing with issues of power and appropriation
The personal reality of racism that is so rarely faced and acknowledged. "Because there isn’t a place in the world White Supremacy hasn’t touched."
"People of Color aren’t asking for an apology. They are asking for acknowledgement of their reality." With some good connections
Addresses how "all lives matter" is not "neutral" and why colorblindness is harmful.
Questions education as maintainer of status quo rather than contributor to justice
More on white fragility. Appreciate the ongoing differentiation between pain from seeing privilege (inherently privileged itself) and pain from oppression.
Not only not enough, non-existent. There is no such thing as passive anti-racism. Step up.
short video of AsAms about racism they experience. poignant
About anti-racist parenting, emphasizes distinction between awareness and action or modeling. Available as of Nov 2015 at: https://www.academia.edu/10199968/We_put_it_in_terms_of_not-nice_White_antiracists_and_parenting
Speaking truth, reclaiming history...
What does transformative advocacy really look like (and what doesn't it look like?). Calls attention to how protests against racism may actually support White supremacy. "Neoliberalism..seeks to manage the social order and ensure the continued political dominance of the ruling class by absorbing social threats." Challenges "knowledge and awareness" as transformational.
More on racism without racists. Importance of language and power of defining. Stellar in describing how defining racism as individual deliberate hatred enables maintaining oppression. "whites have been able to appropriate the victimhood of minorities and, in an audacious reversal, insist that an obvious thing isn’t real."
2007 video about gay marriage equality in Massachusetts and why this shouldn't be an open vote issue. Connections to anti-miscegenation legislation.
Thoughtful, applicable, and straightforward. Less about issues related to divisiveness and relative or ascribed privilege and more about what AsAms who want to be allies can do within their own communities.
Approachable, sometimes funny, and also really thoughtful and on point. Addresses several "points of contention" that come up quite frequently.
Thoughtful reflection on meanings and responses to oppression and power..."Maybe the reality is that all groups are at war for power, and that to adopt an ethic of common humanity is a grave disadvantage."
An insightful article on White fragility and the often impossible "rules" of how to talk about racism. Experiences I've had way too often. Something to think about: “'What would it be like if you [people of color] could simply give us [White people] feedback, have us graciously receive it, reflect, and work to change the behavior?' Recently a man of color sighed and said 'It would be revolutionary.”
Video from Chronicle of Education about trans college students and what profs should know.
Cartoon image: White privilege, the privilege of not seeing racism
A really good cartoon image of history and current blindness to the history that is the foundation of racism.
other Everyday Feminism   80
Blogs, articles, courses, digital media focused on feminism with good attention to intersectionality.
UPenn prof and national consultant on diversifying faculty names central issues of lack of will and commitment that relate to why faculty are not diverse.
"United States was slammed over its rights record Monday at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with member nations criticizing the country for police violence and racial discrimination,...Among the various concerns raised by U.N. member states was the failure to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the continued use of the death penalty, the need for adequate protections for migrant workers and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples."
Privilege and oppression are imposed, and we get caught regardless of intentions. Working for social justice means taking the risk of making mistakes. How do we hold each other accountable with compassion? Tran offers "calling in" as a possibility. Update: This *was* a great blog entry and resource for envouraging activism but now only fully available if u pay. Feels like Tran and bgd sold out.
This is such a complex issue. This video picks up some of the complexities, and possibly raises some others. The additonl posting from in the comments is really helpful. And other comments are good, disturbing, educational, etc. Worth thinking on
Quilting for activism.
Immediate post-incident reflection on being stopped by police, powerful, personal.
allies development
Powerful spoken word, speaking truth, naming what is often unspoken.
powerful, poignant video addressing Islamophobia and racial profiling post 9/11
Challenges the idea of "ally" and emphasizes direct action, effect not intentionality. Names the ways that allies (particularly self proclaimed allies) may not be actually contributing to social justice movement.
New study on delayed gratification and social class effects. ""It changes the nature of the question from one asking is this a 'bad' or a 'good' behavior to asking, 'What is the function of this behavior for survival and thriving in a resource-poor environment?'"
"comic" of what Columbus Day is about and what Columbus and other European colonizers/invaders actually did and said
Very graphic. Hard to watch, deeply disturbing. And all of this is how it actually should be. Worth thinking, though, of the ways that it might create resistance because it is so hard to confront.
Columbus Day activism, productive alternatives that can contribute to social justice and race education
Explores the history of language in relation to multiracial or mixed people. Provides context in relation to history and race relations.
"...we surround ourselves with comforting words. Words that feel neutral. Words that don’t point fingers (at us). Words that center Whiteness, while erasing the harshness of discrimination and segregation." Related to racism without racists. Calls out the avoidance and the mystification. Yes...and what's next (where's the action call?)
Equal does not mean equitable. Initial access is not enough. What makes something the best option?
activity COVER   80
Art for political engagement. Art as activism. Haven't seen the exhibit other than online.
diversity and multiculturalism vs social justice and power analysis in education. Good links to examples and resources.
Analysis and critique of pop privilege, and the ways that acknowledging one's own privilege may be necesssary but certainly not sufficient.
Op-Ed on how empathy is a choice and can be fostered, and is related to maintenance of power and privilege. "People with a higher sense of power exhibit less empathy because they have less incentive to interact with others."
Addresses the issue of impact, rather than intention, in the evaluation of the damage of racism. Provides examples of actual apologies with reparations or impactful consequences.
Many good suggestions for being an ally to anyone, but particularly focused also. "As the route to ending Islamophobia in our culture at large grows more fuzzy and frightening—and thus more futile—perhaps it’s useful to give those who wish to stand with Muslim-Americans a simple lesson: the ABCs."
Havent read these yet, but want to remember where to find them. So hard to find LGBTQ protagonists of color!
Addresses diversity within people who identify as Black, names and challenges stereotypes. Chosen by RCR students.
This article provides a point-by-point rebuttal for the arguments that Guerra & Orbea (2015) put forward in their article, "The Argument Against the Term 'Latinx'" (http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/11/19/the-argument-against-the-use-of-the-term-latinx/). They highlight the importance of recognizing intersectionality and inclusiveneses (particularly for people who are gender queer, gender fluid, or otherwise non-binary with regard to gender) and argue that use of the term "Latinx" allows for this inclusivity.
The brief video (about 7 min) depicts narratives of Asian Americans of varying ethnicities describing their personal experiences of racism, the model minority myth, what it means to be Asian American, and solidarity with other PoC in the fight against White supremacy. This is part of a larger short documentary series on race done by the NYTimes.
Made me think more carefully about attitudes about fat people and weight. Had some great distinctions between personal offense and oppression related to privilege.
Organization focused on social justice and resisting prejudice. Tracks hate groups on their Hate Map and Hatewatch, which can be really great teaching tools. The "Hate Incidents" is particularly helpful in addressing common beliefs that we are a "post racial" or post racism society.
LGBT rights, advocacy. A good source also for news and advocacy updates
So many stories not told often enough. I appreciate this series for Black History month. I love the variability, and the reminders of things we don't hear enough about in history books and narratives.
Amid a groundswell in campus anti-racist activism, Robin Kelley urges students to see universities as obstacles to social change, not engines of it.
article Microaggressions   70
Hard to read, but really important. And so amazing to have the dialogue public.
Bias in academia, from the point of a racial minority academic/professor. Addresses microaggressions at institutional levels: "what do you value more — your success or your survival?" "In academia...there is a tendency to overlook that discrimination, harassment, and violence occurs..." Not profound, but a necessary perspective of experiences are all too common.
An article that speaks about how publishing industry institutionalizes bias. A good example of how gatekeeping is enacted and attributed to market or the responsibility of those who are excluded. "Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism."
other Human Rights Watch   80
Reports available on this website are particularly good sources. Within the US, reports and information on "terrorism and counterterrorism" here address racialized violence largely against people of color post 9/11, other reports address racial inequity in criminal justice, immigration, and other issues. Overall, provides a global view and tracking of human rights, including directly in the US as well as US complicity or enabling in other countries
Comic illustrating the cumulative effect of microaggressions.
Poignant, insightful short stories. Sometimes profound, sometimes funny, almost always moving.
book Kindred   78
Sci-fi but also exploring historical themes of slave and master, race relations.
Good humor, insightful.
book Southland   80
In the framework of a mystery, really exploring race relations between Blacks and Asians post WWII and during LA "riots."
Japanese American family experience with the camps in World War II. Emotionally powerful, spare prose, so focused. Relatively short but amazing.
Kind of, well, bittersweet...About the relationship between a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl at the time of the WWII camps, and about choices, and culture, and regrets and no regrets. Not too heavy, but not fluff either--I read it on the beach, so its one of those really great engaging but not heavy books that make you think and feel without weighing you down emotionally or intellectually.
Teaching Tolerance, associated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides resources for educators aiming to teach in ways that promote social justice, multiculturalism, diversity. Primarily k-12, but good to use for higher ed particularly in relation to developmental contexts
"The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America."
"A 25-year study of blacks and whites in Baltimore finds that income status can be an equalizer, but race does make a difference."
Humorous take on Asian stereotyping and microaggressions
"Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience."
"more people are killed by 'white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims'"
Powerful spoken word piece about being multiracial and feeling caught between White privilege and oppression as a person of color
I cried a lot reading this. And appreciated the multiple perspectives. And the opportunity to honor Matthew Shephard. In memory of his death...
Article discussing how some evangelical Christians are re-thinking lgbtq issues. 06/08/15
Powerful, moving, inspiring. Personal stories and statements from people of faith who are LGBT or their allies.
What makes us stereotype each other and see others so narrowly? How might we think about ourselves and others to change these tendencies and see each other more fully? I'm feeling increasingly ambivalent about TED talks, but sometimes there's a really good one, like this one. I'd love to hang out with her...
powerful critique, names what is often hidden.
Jensen (a White man) speaks to how racism is a White problem that still continues in the US today in the 21st century. Comments below the video are really disturbing, but also educationally useful.
video The Lunch Date   50
1989 short film. Possibly good for current conversations about assumptions and whether the underlying issues are still current. But pretty predictable.
"There’s a sad irony in the fact that the solutions offered by those confused by student aggression often expect black students to utilize more grit, more resilience, more endurance to deal with experiences of injustice that they shouldn’t face at all."
Remarkable for its blatant (and denied) racism, a good example of how extremely white supremacy is embedded in ways that can only be invisible to those who are privileged. Good example of international white bias.
A book of case examples for therapy by people of color working with people of color. Good training examples. Good focus on evidence based practice
Robert Jensen is Journalism professor and author of "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege." His website includes general info about him, links to some of his lectures, and a page for his hoped for blog.
other Tim Wise website   70
Tim Wise is a White antiracist essayist and educator. Author of books such as "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son." He writes frequently about White privilege and his website includes archives of many essays and video and audio recordings of some of his appearances. He also provides a great reading list (not purporting to be comprehensive). The FAQ on his page provides some great basic definitions and answers to common questions like "Do you think people of color can be racist against whites?"
other Code Switch   80
NPR Code Switch: "Frontiers of Race, Culture and Ethnicity." Blogs and articles. "Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture. Our work appears on-air and online, across NPR's shows and digital outlets."
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