Teaching and thinking about these two entails learning about and celebrating our differences, often—though not always—pleasant tasks. Accepting, not just tolerating, our differences is harder. Harder still is dealing with racism.
Below racism is paired with “white privilege” for many reasons. Besides personal prejudice, racism involves profound and stunning systemic inequalities in economics, institutional structures, health, education, and much more that gives tremendous advantages to “whiteness”—but acknowledging this privilege is one of the hardest things to do. Race relations would improve 100% overnight if we did. Race, however, has been called America’s “Original Sin” and is so difficult to talk about productively that we would rather talk about anything else—anything. I hope the material below opens up some space for discussion, no matter how difficult, and gives you ideas for your own thinking, teaching, and working on these important issues wherever you are.
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These are representative items which can link you to many others not listed.
♦ DIVERSITY INITIATIVES and COURSES.
In INITIATIVES look especially at CORE, and in COURSES especially at Multicultural Literature, Global Literature, Sacred Texts, and the graduate courses The “Third World,” and Race, Ethnicity, and the American Experience.
♦ ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS
- Lincoln: Common Notions
- Chris Rock: Nat X’s Top 5 Reasons Brothers Don’t Play Hockey
- Diversity USA (2012 Olympics, Gabby Douglas, “White Studies”)
- Think Like a Man
- Django Unchained: Fantasies of Revenge
- Me and Brother Ray—5-part video series on Ray Charles
- The Genius Hits the Road: Ray Charles Down South?
- Voices and Freedoms: A History of Jazz
- A radio show on the Blues.
- Gospel Extravaganza: 25 Years of Praise
- Brad Paisley’s “Accidentalism”
- “Authentic” World Music
- Filipinos in the Land of the Hyper-Real
♦ RACISM, SLAVERY, WHITE PRIVILEGE
- Peggy McIntosh’s “Invisible Knapsack“
- Chris Rock: Racism Almost Over?
- Louis C.K. on Racism: So I guess we’re even?
- Turning a Corner on Racism
- Lena Dunham’s Privileged Girls: Duh?
- Slavery at Mr. Jefferson’s University (also addresses Education)
- Friendship and Race Relations (also addresses Religion & Society)
- Diversity USA (sports, diversity, “White Studies”)
- Race and Business Branding (ah, Starbucks!)
♦ RELIGION, CULTURE, EDUCATION
- Remembering London
- Miscegenation and Me
- A Return to Plessy vs. Ferguson (also addresses Inequality)
- Sacred Texts as Literature
- Why Muslims Can’t Be Good Americans
- New York Times “Asia” articles (addresses all items on this page)
♦ INEQUALITY, SOCIETY, POLITICS
- Red State, Blue State, Civil War
- Graphic Inequality: 1 inch vs. 5 miles
- MLK Jr: Why I Oppose the War (also addresses religion)
- Trayvon Martin: “Race aside…” and the Limits of American Law
♦ DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
- Culture and Commerce
- Websites on Workplace Diversity