It’s a social construct, and yet it shapes every aspect of American life. Scroll down for resources on the history of race and racism and how they continue to impact us today.
Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)
“Asian Americans Recreate Iconic Magazine Covers” with an all-Asian photo shoot crew. They discuss personal history with internalized racism, lack of Asian representation in the media, and the power of media to dismantle stereotypes and promoted positive images.
Black Lives Matter, or Why We Need to Make Sure that Black Lives Also Matter
Black Lives Matter “affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”
Francesca Ramsey explains the difference between cultural exchange, appreciation, and appropriation in her video, “7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation Debunked”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes cultural approbation and gives examples of how it reinforces oppression in his article, “Cornrows and Cultural Appropriation.”
Amandla Stenberg delivers a crash course on cultural appropriation of black culture in this video she created for a history class: “Don’t Cash Crop on My Cornrows”
“Should White People Rap?” by Laci Green
How to Appreciate Instead of Appropriate Black Culture
Discussing Race and Racism
Jay Smooth’s TED Talk, in which he discusses how we all have racist moments and that, to combat this, we need to work on it everyday, just as we brush our teeth.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which she warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
The following series flips the script to shed light on what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a racial microaggresions. In some cases, they are intersected with gender, class, or other forms of identity.
Solange Knowles’s song,”Don’t Touch My Hair” speaks to an experience that black people frequently experience. Here is one response to the song: “An Anthem Reclaiming Black Autonomy,” “8 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Black Women’s Hair,” and “8 Reasons Why You Want to Touch Black Women’s Hair – and Why They Mean You Shouldn’t.”
“3 Black Female Stereotypes That Need to Die” Ramsey breaks down the racist and sexist history and media portrayals behind stereotypes of black women: “The Jezebel,” “The Mammy,” and “Headstrong/Sassy Black Woman.”
Stereotypes about Asians in “Ask an Asian”
“I’m Asian, But I’m Not… (insert racist stereotype)”
History of Race and Racism
The racist history behind the “fried chicken and watermelon” stereotype, decoded by Francesca Ramsey
Being Multiracial or “Ethnically Ambiguous”
Reverse Racism (and why it doesn’t exist)
Comedian Aamer Rahman breaks it down and offers for how reverse racism could exist in this comedy skit.
The history behind whiteness and the white vs. European cultural identity
“White People Whitesplain Whitesplaining.” If you don’t know what whitesplaining is, just watch this short video, which demonstrates it until you can’t not get it. (We hope.)
“White Fragility.” Robin DiAngelo explains why white people experience an inability to tolerate race-based stress.
Here’s a plethora of resources geared towards supporting white people in learning about race and racism and another that describes what you can do to engage in anti-racist practices.