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Race, The Power of Illusion

An online companion to the award-winning documentary series by California Newsreel discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators

"Guide for Setting Ground Rules"

Whenever you hope to facilitate conversations on social justice concerns, whether preparing for a one-hour workshop or weaving such discussions into a year-long class, a vital first step is the development of guidelines for participation. These guidelines, often referred to as "ground rules" or "community norms," should provide the community within a workshop or class a framework to ensure open, respectful dialogue and maximum participation. This is EdChange project by Paul C. Gorski.

  • Community Building
  • Persons Committed to Equity

"Notes on the State of Virginia"

The wide reputation and high value that have been accorded to the Notes on Virginia for over
one hundred years make any attempt to praise it at this day little less than a work of
supererogation. Its frequent republication is alone testimony sufficient to prove its unusual merit.
Aside from its intrinsic value, it is of interest, as Thomas Jefferson’s most serious piece of book-making,
and the one on which the larger part of his philosophical reputation was based during his
lifetime.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators

White Culture Worksheet

Developed by M. Potapchuk, MP Associates

  • Whiteness

The Color Line

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. This helps students understand the origins of racism in the United States and who benefits.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators

"Who is Black? One Nation's Definition"

By F. James Davis. To be considered black in the United States not even half of one's ancestry must be African black. But will one-fourth do, or one-eighth, or less? The nation's answer to the question 'Who is black?" has long been that a black is any person with any known African black ancestry. This definition reflects the long experience with slavery and later with Jim Crow segregation. In the South it became known as the "one-drop rule,'' meaning that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person a black.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators

"White Nationalist"

From Southern Poverty Law Center. White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories - Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity - could also be fairly described as white nationalist.

  • Whiteness

"Origins of Race"

Contemporary scholars agree that "race" was a recent invention and that it was essentially a folk idea, not a product of scientific research and discovery. This is not new to anthropologists. By Audrey Smedley.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators

"The Five Domains of Wellbeing"

All of us—from janitor to judge, senior executive to senior citizen, adult to adolescent—share a set of universal needs that are critical to our wellbeing. These essential human needs are what the Full Frame Initiative defines as the "Five Domains of Wellbeing."

  • Community Building

The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism

Scientists, including those who study race, like to see themselves as objectively exploring the world, above the political fray. But such views of scientific neutrality are naive, as study findings, inevitably, are influenced by the biases of the people conducting the work. Book by Ramin Skibba.

  • Historical Foundations of Race
  • Educators
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