White Privilege Conference 2021: Pre-Conference Institute

This webpage is designed to provide additional support for the participants of Karen Gaffney’s pre-conference Institute “Dismantling the Racism Machine: Myths Taught to White People that Perpetuate White Supremacy.” 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. Also see Karen’s blog posts on the main page.

Karen’s Powerpoint Slides:

Recommended Resources

Articles and Books

Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox by Karen Gaffney – note that the publisher is offering 20% off at their site until May 1 – this link takes you directly there – no coupon code needed, or you can get 30% off by going to that same link and entering this coupon code: SS213 (I’m not sure when that code expires)

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

US Census Bureau website: About Race

“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 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”

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

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (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)

“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”

Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution

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”

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

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

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.’”

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

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

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds adapted Kendi’s earlier books for a young adult audience – this link includes a Curricular Guide)

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

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)

What DNA ancestry tests can — and can’t — tell you (7 minutes)

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

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

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

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)

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

The History Of White People In America, Episode One: How America Invented Race

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) (it may also be available for free on youtube)

Adam Ruins Everything: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs

Why Do We Call Asian Americans The Model Minority?

Proud To Be (Mascots)

Maria Hinojosa’s TED Talk “From invisible to visible”

Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo’s TED Talk “What it takes to be racially literate”

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”

Maulian Dana’s TED Talk “Indigenous Peoples in Maine are not Mascots”

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