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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.
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.
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.
Provides links to mental health resources for POC
Describes how inner work can help with liberation. Explores the intersection of mindfulness and social justice.
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."
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.
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.
Great imagery over an amazing speech. Absolutely worth two minutes of your time to watch and listen.
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."
Useful guide to everyday intervention for all people who are able to help.
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.'”
"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..."
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.
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."
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.
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.”
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.
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."
A guide for selecting social justice books for all ages. Reviews with social justice criteria
teaching social justice: resources, blog, video interviews, etc. Strategies and content
Sexual torture: American policing and the harassment of black men. "stop-and-frisks are brutal assertions of police dominance of the streets."
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.
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 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.
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 summary categorizations, geolocation, and size numbers although "Hate groups aren’t truly declining — they’re just becoming more covert and secretive."
Deeper points on radicalization process analysis, framing of terrorists acts by race, and incitement to violence by leaders.
Challenging images of mammy, jezebel, and sapphire. Reclaiming voice and vision.
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)
Not only not enough, non-existent. There is no such thing as passive anti-racism. Step up.
2007 video about gay marriage equality in Massachusetts and why this shouldn't be an open vote issue. Connections to anti-miscegenation legislation.
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.
Immediate post-incident reflection on being stopped by police, powerful, personal.
allies development
24 Books That Teach About Social Justice. Picture to chapter books. Picture books are great for reading aloud in college, too!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
article Becoming Ugly   80
Powerful essay on how sexism and rape culture are normalized and on anger and resistance.
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.
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
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.
Names specific ways that well intentioned White people enact racism even as they are trying to not do so.
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."
More on white fragility. Appreciate the ongoing differentiation between pain from seeing privilege (inherently privileged itself) and pain from oppression.
short video of AsAms about racism they experience. poignant
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."
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.
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?'"
"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."
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."
History maker, freedom fighter. See also: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p39.html
Not really news, but good to have the data about students' experience of safety (or not).
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
"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.
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
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
A good but very basic introduction to why "positive" stereotypes aren't positive.
"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."
Questions education as maintainer of status quo rather than contributor to justice
Quilting for activism.