Brave New Films has a short pithy film out — Racism is Real — that explores some of the many statistics available concerning structural and systemic racism. This three minute film documents why we need to continue to work on civil rights enforcement — many of the laws currently on the books in MN, for instance, are not being enforced. And charter schools, to give one example in MN, are exempt from civil rights laws. The credits at the end of the film reference the various studies.
UPDATE: The Washington Post has chimed in to affirm this piece, and more than 10 million people have viewed it as of today.
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):
Robin DiAngelo speaks to the angry defensiveness often found in discussions of racism with white people, and notes that this kind of “white fragility” comes from a sense of deep entitlement. An essay those of us who carry white privileges ought to be discussing!
Schools are starting to respond to the Open Letter. Here is a response from PCUSA seminary presidents, and one from the ELCA seminaries. Also, here is an even earlier response from Dr. Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
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.
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.