It is hard to see racism when you’re white. These resources help you look more carefully at your everyday interactions and listen more openly to what others are saying.
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Local Statistics About Racial Disparities
Duluth has had an overwhelmingly dominant white culture for a very long time. This fact has contributed to the development of a monoculture in which white norms are dominant and considered “normal.” MORE>>>
Poverty impacts people of color more than it has the White population. MORE>>>
Racial disparities and MFIP three-year self-support index. MORE>>>
Racial disparities and employment More >>
Color by Number by Art Munim – Many deny that racism remains pervasive in America today. How can we open eyes to the continuing disadvantages that keep many people of color from fulfilling their potential, and having an equal chance to achieve the “American Dream”? By presenting the impact of racism on the most innocent and powerless members of society – children of color – in the form of statistics, this book aims to change attitudes and perceptions. Click here to read more.
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh
A six-minute video by Peggy McIntosh, telling the story of her own transformation including 50 ways she has benefited from white privilege.
Race: The Power of an Illusion
A three-part documentary about race in society, science and history. MORE >>>
Eyes on the Prize
Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning, 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985 including the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954, Voting Rights Act in 1965, and ”Black Power” in the streets. MORE >>>
A Class Divided by Jane Elliot
(Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise)
In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. This now famous exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being in a minority. MORE >>>
During the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth Bancroft Clark and his wife, Mamie Phipps Clark, designed a test to study the psychological effects of segregation on black children.
In the “doll test,” they used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls – identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven and asked them questions to determine racial perception and preference. Almost all of the children readily identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked which they preferred, the majority selected the white doll and attributed positive characteristics to it. MORE >>>
A Girl Like Me
Film director Kiri Davis conducts Dr. Kenneth Clark’s “doll test,” which was used in the historic desegregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education. She conducted interviews with a variety of black girls in her high school, and a number of issues surfaced concerning the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image. This film sheds new light on how society affects black children today and how little has actually changed. MORE >>>
Dark Girls: Preview
View clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color – particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture. MORE >>>
Project Implicit blends basic research and educational outreach in a virtual laboratory at which visitors can examine their own hidden biases. Project Implicit is the product of research by three scientists whose work produced a new approach to understanding of attitudes, biases, and stereotypes. MORE>>>