New Jersey Chapter of the Association for College & Research Libraries

Thanks to the New Jersey Chapter of the Association for College & Research Libraries for giving me the opportunity to present a workshop “Dismantling the Racism Machine: Myths Taught to White People that Perpetuate White Supremacy” on 10/2/20. This page is intended to provide participants (and anyone else who is interested) with the slides shared during the session and recommended resources.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or feedback. Karen Gaffney’s email: dividednolonger AT

Slides shared with NJLA on 10/2/2020: Powerpoint Gaffney NJLA October 2 2020

Recommended reading

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (book)

Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox by Karen Gaffney (also available on Amazon)

New Resource page: Teaching about Racism, Injustice and Structural Inequality, Resources (Rutgers Graduate School of Education)

“Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Race” (from Race: The Power of an Illusion)

“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”

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

“Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why”

“What Scientists Mean When They Say ‘Race’ Is Not Genetic”

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

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini (book)

“The problem is white supremacy”

“White identity in America is ideology, not biology. The history of ‘whiteness’ proves it.”

The 1619 Project (The New York Times)

“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”

“Why Won’t Society Let Black Girls Be Children?”

“The school to prison pipeline, explained” (Justice Policy Institute)

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (book)

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

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

“You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument”

“White Debt”

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

“The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968”

Brown at 62: School Segregation by Race, Poverty and State

“Segregation’s Legacy”

“How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades”

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (book)

Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (book)

“For those who say, how can we defund the police”  (This is Karen’s 4-part blog series on her website)

Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination (link goes to summary – original journal article here)

“African-Americans With College Degrees Are Twice As Likely to Be Unemployed as Other Graduates”

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight (report)

“Asian-Americans Have Highest Poverty Rate In NYC, But Stereotypes Make The Issue Invisible”

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

15 Things That Happen When People Think You Don’t “Look Latina”

“Where are you ‘really’ from? Try another question”

“The Latino Media Gap: A Report on the State of Latinos in U.S. Media”

“‘Too Bad You’re Latin.’”

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

“7 Things About Native Americans You’ll Never Learn From the Mainstream Media.”

“5 Common Native American Stereotypes in Film and Television.”

Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre (Report, Color of Change, 2020)

“The False Promise of Anti-racism Books”

“Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice”

“Patience Is a Dirty Word”: “We do not want our freedom gradually,” John Lewis said, “but we want to be free now!”

“As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change”

“White Folks: It’s Too Late for ‘Allies’”

“White Supremacy Culture”

Recommended watching/listening

Race: The Power of an Illusion Episode 1 “The Difference Among Us” (PBS documentary) (just under 1 hour) (Note that Episodes 2 and 3 are also worth watching. All three episodes are available on vimeo for $4.99 rental. They are also available on Kanopy, if you have access to that service through a library, like RVCC).

TED Talk with Dorothy Roberts “The Problem with Race-Based Medicine” (15 minutes)

“The Biology of Skin Color,” Nina Jablonski (HHMI Biointeractive) (20 minutes)

“The Origin of Race in the USA,” Danielle Bainbridge (The Origin of Everything series, PBS Digital Studios) (10 minutes)

The Surprisingly Racist History of “Caucasian” (5 minute video)

Podcast episode of “On Being with Krista Tippett” with guest Resmaa Menakem (author of My Grandmother’s Hands) ‘Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’

Podcast follow-up episode of “On Being with Krista Tippett” with guest Resmaa Menakem (author of My Grandmother’s Hands) and Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility) in conversation

“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)

TED Talks with Titus Kaphar “Can art amend history?” and “Can beauty open our hearts to difficult conversations?”

The Chinese Exclusion Act (PBS film)

Slavery by Another Name (book and PBS film)

13th (film on Netflix)

Adam Ruins Everything: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs

Michelle Alexander’s TED Talk “The future of race in America”

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk “We need to talk about an injustice”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”

A Conversation With Latinos on Race (NY Times video)

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race (NY Times video)

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race (NY Times video)

interview on Fresh Air with Richard Rothstein, the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America 

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez (website for his film of same name here) (look on youtube for this film)

Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal: The Ezra Klein Show

Recommended organizations

Movement for Black Lives

NJ Institute for Social Justice

Principles for Racially Equitable Policy Platforms (Race Forward)

Please keep in mind that the rest of Karen’s website includes a list of organizations doing antiracist work (running down the right hand side of your screen) and there are several Resource pages on specific aspects of race and racism as well as the general Resource page)