Jay Smooth and the good folks at RaceForward have released a set of very short videos that explore different elements of systemic racism using statistics. As one example, here’s their video on the wealth gap:
Each one is a great “think about that” moment — why not open a class with one?
This is an excellent and brief description of what’s wrong with cultural appropriation (as opposed to cultural exchange):
The Color of Fear is a powerful film created in 1994 around a set of discussions with a diverse group of men around issues of race. It’s a film that definitely requires thoughtful engagement and trained facilitation to use, but has been transformative in multiple contexts. Stir Fry Seminars (who created it), also publishes a guide to using it.
Here’s a great reminder of ways and means for being a white ally in the work of dismantling racism.
There’s a lovely free resource available from the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, which offers clear, concise definitions, examples and case studies for understanding and engaging racism. The examples are mostly related to media, but are nonetheless compelling and well written.
There have been lots of posts lately across the web, with advice to white people about how to be engaged in the struggle for racial justice. Here’s one of the most direct and concise ones I’ve read lately. I’m sharing it with my students. What is yours?
In part because of Ferguson, but perhaps more so from years of supporting faculty projects, the Wabash Center has just launched a blog entitled “Race Matters” which will seek to create a forum for teaching on race in theology and religious studies. They’re looking for essays — consider sending them something!