Race ≠ DNAby Joseph L. Graves, Jr. for Teaching Tolerance. “Everything we know about our genetics has proven that we are far more alike than we are different. If more people understood that, it would be easier to debunk the myth that people of a certain race are “naturally” one way or another.”
The Problem with Race-Based Medicineis a 14 min TED Talk featuring social justice advocate and law scholar Dorothy Roberts, who has a precise and powerful message: Race-based medicine is bad medicine. Even today, many doctors still use race as a medical shortcut; they make important decisions about things like pain tolerance based on a patient’s skin color instead of medical observation and measurement. In this searing talk, Roberts lays out the lingering traces of race-based medicine — and invites us to be a part of ending it. “It is more urgent than ever to finally abandon this backward legacy,” she says, “and to affirm our common humanity by ending the social inequalities that truly divide
Skin: The Movie. SKIN is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa. Sandra Laing is a ‘black’ child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world – and triumphs against all odds.
‘What is the Doctrine of Discovery? (in 7 minutes)’ byMark Charles“Essentially, the Doctrine of Discovery was the Church in Europe saying to the Nations of Europe, “whatever land you find that are not ruled by Christian Rulers, those people are less than human and the lands are yours for the taking.””
Video. Brownicity’s Amy Ray searches her family history to find her place in the race story and reveals the systemic and individual effects. (8 mins). This video is for use ONLY within the What LIES Between Us Journal & Guide: Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing curriculum. For Amy’s privacy and protection, this video may not be shared or viewed publicly outside of this context.
Implicit Bias is the myriad of fears, feelings, perceptions and stereotypes that lie deep within the subconscious; memory records that exist without an individual’s permission or acknowledgement.–Mark W. Bennet, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Iowa.
To take thetest, go here. Choose “I wish to proceed” and then choose RACE IAT. Write down your test results. (e.g. ‘moderate bias toward European-American’)
If you’d like to know more about Implicit Association/Bias and how it relates to this conversation, here are a few resources.
Project Implicit — a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
Haney López is an expert in how racism has evolved in America since the civil rights era. Over the past 50 years, politicians have mastered the use of dog whistles – code words that turn Americans against each other while turning the country over to plutocrats. This political tactic, says Haney López, is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.
Ethnic Notions (1hr) This film equips you to view media and cultural representations with a more critical eye.
Marlon Riggs’ Emmy-winning documentary takes you on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America.
Moving the Race Conversation Forward a report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country. Skimming the reports (parts 1 and 2) and watching the 5 minute video will help you distinguish:
Individual-Level racism = Internalized and Interpersonal
Systemic-Level racism = Institutional and Structural
Frame, narrative, and messages that all influence our thoughts and actions
A frame is an unconscious lens through which we view an issue or problem. Related to social cognition processes encoded in our brains, frames help us quickly make sense of complex information and then make individual and collective decisions on that basis. These processes generate deeply embedded perspectives that are easily activated in the subconscious, especially through devices like images, stories, stereotypes and slogans. For example, ‘Hard work yields prosperity.’
Narratives are specific stories (whether real, exaggerated, or fictionalized) used to convey or reinforce a given frame. For example, ‘Those who have less are not hard workers, are lazy and are looking for a hand out.’
Messages are the takeaway from frames and narratives that invoke specific action. For example, ‘Poor people want a hand-out. Don’t help poor people.’
The Story of America: The Third Reconstruction. “Each time there has been a demographic shift in America that threatens the existing balance of power, new election laws have appeared to try to insulate the electorate from the emerging population.”