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Anti-Oppression LibGuide: Anti-racist resources

This guide attempts to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues. The NYIT community is welcome to suggest resources.

Terms

Racism: Prejudice + power. Racism is often understood as an individual state of being, as in someone is or isn’t racist. Racism, however, is not merely a personal attitude, it is a racialized system of power maintained by violence. In North America, An individual can be perpetuating this system without even being conscious of their actions (Source: Simmons College Anti-Oppression Guide: http://simmons.libguides.com/anti-oppression). 

  • Anyone can hold racial prejudice. 
  • People of any race can commit acts of mistreatment based on their racial prejudices. 
  • People of color can have prejudices, but they cannot be racist because they don't have the institutional power. 

Systemic /Structural Racism: Developed by sociologist Joe Feagin,  a system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead, it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist (Source: Head, Tom. "Institutional Racism ." 16 Oct. 2016).

Reverse-Racism: DOES NOT EXIST. There are assumptions and stereotypes about white people. However, such assumptions and stereotypes are examples of racial prejudice. Remember, racism = prejudice + power.  

Terms adapted from: 

Racism 101

Anti-racist resource center:  "The Anti-Racism Resource Centre was created by the Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough to be a clearinghouse of information related to ending hate crime, racism and discrimination in Peterborough and surrounding areas."

The race Institute for k-12 educators:  "The Race Institute for K-12 Educators is an affordable and accessible opportunity for educators to grow their racial identities."

Understanding systemic Anti-Black racism in the United States: A reference list for #Blacklivesmatter:  "This list focuses specifically on structural racism - the institutions, policies, and practices that systematically exploits and disadvantage Black people and other people of color in the United States. It also includes numerous resources to help white folks and non-Black people of color better understand and dismantle their own knee-jerk responses to challenging conversations about race issues the first step toward meaningful self-education and productive conversations."

Books and other media

Films: 

"The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits."

"An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism."

Documentary exploring the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex powered by Kanopy. 

 

Syllabus:

  • BlackLivesMatter: Black Lives Matter Syllabus is the intellectual property of Instructor Frank Leon Roberts. This means that the material compiled in this syllabus should not be duplicated without proper citation and attribution. 
  • John Jay College: Race and Ethnicity in America(Fall 2012)This Syllabus is the intellectual property of Instructor Frank Leon Roberts. This means that the material compiled in this syllabus should not be duplicated without proper citation and attribution. 

Organizations: 

  • The whiteness project:  Whiteness Project is an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race.
  • Southern poverty law center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.
  • Colorlines:  Daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis. Published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. 
  • UCLU: The American Civil Liberty Union works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. 
  • Mapping police violence: This organization provides statistics about police violence towards communities of color in the United States.
  • Equal justice initiative:  An interactive experience of lynching in the United States powered by Google. 

Academic Journals(Peer-Reviewed)

Let's start a conversation

Podcasts

FYI

This guide attempts to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues. The NYIT community is welcome to suggest resources, guides, or any other information relevant to this guide by emailing lmoronta@nyit.edu. Also contact me if you notice any dead links.

 

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