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Racism



Racism is not just overt acts of prejudice, bigotry, and hate. It is the systemic oppression of people based on ethnicity or skin color through a culture’s power structures, social institutions, and customs. Racism can be explicitly stated in a society’s laws, but it is also implicitly enforced in the stories it tells about itself and its history: which people can be beautiful, smart, and brave, and which are dangerous, dirty, or lazy. Everyday people unknowingly perpetuate racism through microaggressions: small, subtle, and socially learned behaviors like assuming someone of a different ethnicity was born in another country or viewing certain natural hair types as “dirty” or “unprofessional.” We can unintentionally inflict harm on others by not examining the assumptions we learn from growing up in a biased culture, but understanding how racism perpetuates itself is the first step in working toward healing its harm.

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I Am Not Your Negro | James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show | Netflix

A segment from James Baldwin's brilliant response to a philosophy professor on a 1968 episode of The Dick Cavett Show from Raoul Peck's must-see documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

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Racism 101

A collection of insights, opinions, and expressions includes a survival guide for black students on predominantly white campuses, indicts higher education, and offers haunting portraits of grandparents, musings on poetry, thoughts on the sixties, and a debate on American values.

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The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

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FindCenterI imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

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Malcolm X

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

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Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy—A Trip to the Grocery Store

In this story from “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity,” a film from World Trust, author and educator Dr. Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic racial inequity.

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The Fire Next Time

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. "Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . .

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FindCenterBut race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming ‘the people’ has never been a matter of genealogy and physiognomy so much as one of hierarchy.

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The Intersectionality Wars

When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.

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Between the World and Me

The special will include powerful readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates' book, it will also incorporate documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animation.

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