Social Justice Resources - Racial Justice

BOOKS:

Lipsitz, George. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006.

In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal feelings and acts of individual prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produced unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for members of aggrieved racial groups. Reaching beyond the black/white binary, Lipsitz shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

 Wise, Tim. White Like Me. Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, 2005.

Using stories from his own life, anti-racist activist and Fortune 500 racial awareness trainer Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of colour, but also hurts, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” Flipping John Howard Griffin's classic Black Like Me, Wise explores the meanings and consequences of “whiteness” and discusses the ways in which racial privilege can harm not just people of color, but whites as well.

VIDEOS:

A Girl Like Me. Directed by Kiri Davis. Produced by Reel Works Teen Filmmaking.

What messages does our society give African American children about their value and worth as human beings? In her documentary, A Girl Like Me, teen filmmaker Kiri Davis conducts interviews with her peers to explore the impact and consequences of these messages. She then re-conducts Dr. Kenneth Clark's "doll test" with young African American children with sobering results.

Race: the power of an illusion. Produced by California Newsreel.

Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.

WEBSITES:

Companion website for Race: The Power of an Illusion

We all know that people look different. Anyone can tell a Czech from a Chinese. But are these differences racial? What does race mean? Find the answers to these and other questions by exploring different interactivities within this site.