Lecture Series

This page has been created to support my lecture series, “Dismantling the Racism Machine,” for the Leisure Learning Program of the Bernards Public Library, Basking Ridge, March to May 2019. Participants are also encouraged to visit the Resources tab on this site, which includes additional pages of links related to specific aspects of race and racism.

Part 1: Overview (3/18/19)

PowerPoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 1 March 18 2019

Part 2: What does it mean to say that race is a social construct and not biological, and why does it matter? (3/25/19)

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 2 March 25 2019

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Race

Race: The Power of an Illusion (companion website for the film)

Race: Are We So Different (companion website for textbook)

Race: The Power of an Illusion (info on how to watch the film)

“Race ≠ DNA: If race is a social construct, what’s up with DNA ancestry testing?”

“Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say”

“First modern Britons had ‘dark to black’ skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals”

“There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label”

“The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain”

“I Don’t Feel Your Pain: A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities”

“Racial Disparities in Pain Management of Children With Appendicitis in Emergency Departments”

“When race matters: disagreement in pain perception between patients and their physicians in primary care”

“Racial Bias in Perceptions of Others’ Pain”

“How Racism Creeps Into Medicine: The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference”

“Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution”

“How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies”

“Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom: New research finds faces of five-year-old black boys put whites in a more threat-conscious state of mind”

Part 3: How did the invention of race serve to divide and conquer people in colonial America, and what impact did that have? (4/1/19)

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 3 April 1 2019

“Seeing White” (14-part podcast series from Scene on Radio that covers the social construction of race, the invention of whiteness, systemic racism, and more)

“Interview with Ira Berlin”

The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Part 4: How were the mechanisms of the Racism Machine strengthened after the founding of the US? (4/8/19)

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 4 April 8 2019 expanded

NPR’s Fresh Air interview with Henry Louis Gates (4/3/19): “Henry Louis Gates Jr. Points To Reconstruction As The Genesis Of White Supremacy”

NPR’s On the Media interview with Daniel Immerwahr, author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

“Scarlet and Black: An Exploration of the African-American and Native American Experience at Rutgers”

The Princeton & Slavery Project

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (Facebook page and website)

New book by local authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills: If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

PBS: Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools

PBS: The Chinese Exclusion Act

Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race by Matthew Frye Jacobson

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David Roediger

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney López 

PBS: Slavery by Another Name

Part 5: How did the census serve as a weapon of white supremacy in the past? What is the relationship between the census and race today? (4/15/19)

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 5 April 15 2019

2010 Census

Proposed Census 2020

US Census Bureau: About Race

Karen Gaffney’s article “Confronting the U.S. Census as a Weapon of White Supremacy”

“In Donald Trump’s Census, Who Counts?” (NY Times)

NPR: Hansi Lo Wang (recommended coverage of US census)

“Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII” (Washington Post)

“Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000” (includes questions and directions for census workers)

Brennan Center for Justice: Litigation About the 2020 Census

Part 6: How and why has systemic racism persisted after the Civil Rights Movement?

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 6 April 22 2019

“Segregation’s Legacy: Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, America is nearly as segregated as when President Lyndon Johnson signed the law”

“A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America” (NPR Fresh Air interview with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America)

“Poor whites live in richer neighborhoods than middle-class blacks and Latinos”

Brown at 62 (UCLA)

“New Jersey’s Apartheid and Intensely Segregated Urban Schools”

“Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession”

“Maternal Mortality”

“Black Mamas Sound Alarm on Maternal Death Rate”

“State Variations in Infant Mortality by Race and Hispanic Origin of Mother, 2013–2015”

“What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?”

“Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom”

NJ Institute for Social Justice

“Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution”

“Voter Suppression Is a Much Bigger Problem Than Voter Fraud”

e”Adam Ruins the Suburbs” (video from Adam Ruins Everything web video series about “The Disturbing History of the Suburbs”)

Part 7: How have specific racial stereotypes been used as divide and conquer strategies as part of the backlash to the Civil Rights Movement? 

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 7 April 29 2019

“Income Inequality in the U.S. Is Rising Most Rapidly Among Asians”

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight”

“Model Minority Stereotype for Asian Americans”

“The Professional Burdens of Being a ‘Model Minority’”

“How elite US schools give preference to wealthy and white ‘legacy’ applicants”

“The Real Reasons Legacy Preferences Exist”

“News media offers consistently warped portrayals of black families, study finds”

“Revealing the Lives of Black Fathers”

Michelle Alexander’s Ted Talk on mass incarceration (related to her book The New Jim Crow)

Film: 13th

“Police Shoot at a Black Couple Near Yale, Prompting a Week of Protests”

“Jameek Lowery was paranoid and pleaded with police for help. He died two days later.”

Color of Change

NJ: Force Report

NJ Institute for Social Justice

Part 8: What is white privilege, and why are white people often defensive about this term? 

Powerpoint slides: Leisure Learning Gaffney Part 8 May 6 2019

NJ Amistad Commission

NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

Color of Change

NJ Institute for Social Justice