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This webpage is designed to provide additional support for the participants of “Antiracism for Volunteers Series,” run by Alexis Jemal and Karen Gaffney for True Mentors.

Session 1: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6-8pm

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides: Powerpoint Session 1 Gaffney True Mentors September 15 2020

Alexis’s Powerpoint Slides: Anti-racism for volunteers_True Mentors

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: Sunday, October 18, 6-8pm

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides: Powerpoint Session 2 Gaffney True Mentors October 18 2020

Recommended Resources

Articles and Books

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

Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action by Ibram X. Kendi (book)

“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 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)