Southeastern Theatre Conference

This webpage is designed to provide additional support for the participants of  “A Racial Justice Journey: Creating a Sustained, Lifelong Practice of Antiracism,” run by Alexis Jemal and Karen Gaffney for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Session 1: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 2-4pm

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides: Powerpoint Session 1 Gaffney SETC August 29 2020

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Recommended Resources

Articles and Books

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

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

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

“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?”

“Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth”

“Doctors Don’t Always Believe You When You’re a Black Woman”

“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)

“There’s one epidemic we may never find a vaccine for: fear of black men in public spaces”

“People See Black Men as Larger, More Threatening Than Same-Sized White Men”

“US police kill up to 6 times more black people than white people”

“Researchers studied nearly 100 million traffic stops and found black motorists are more likely to be pulled over”

Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox by Karen Gaffney (book)

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

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

Films, videos, and podcasts

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).

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 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?”

Note that additional resources are available on the rest of Karen’s website – go to the tab for Resources on Race and Racism as well as the additional Resource pages under that tab.

Session 2: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 2-4pm

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides: Powerpoint Session 2 Gaffney SETC September 26 2020

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Recommended Resources

Articles and Books

“The problem is white supremacy”

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

“White Debt”

The 1619 Project (The New York Times)

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

“Race in the Writers’ Room” (report by Color of Change)

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

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

Films, videos, and podcasts

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

The Chinese Exclusion Act (PBS film)

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)

Slavery by Another Name (book and PBS film)

13th (film on Netflix)

Session 3: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 2-4pm

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides: Powerpoint Session 3 Gaffney SETC October 24 2020

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Recommended Resources

Articles and books

“How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades”

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

“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”

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

Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution

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

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”

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

“Segregation’s Legacy”

“White women benefit most from affirmative action — and are among its fiercest opponents”

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”

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

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

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

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

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (book)

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination by Alexandra Minna Stern


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 

Session 4: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 2-4pm

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Recommended Resources

“Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life”

“Image of Transition: Using Embodied Pedagogy to Facilitate Difficult Topics and Build Empathy”

If you want to deepen your understanding of the false racial myths we discussed in Sessions 1-3, consider buying Karen’s book Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolboxit is on sale with coupon code ANPA2 for 30% off until Dec. 31 at Routledge

Session 5: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 2-4pm

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Recommended Resources

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

“Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People”

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

“Code of Ethics for White Anti-Racists”

“Everyone’s an Antiracist. Now What?”

“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”