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- The Visibility Report- Racial Representation on NYC Stages: 2017/2018 Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) with support from American Theater Wing. AAPAC is an Obie Award-winning, volunteer- driven organization with limited resources. If you find these statistics useful, AAPAC asks that you make a tax-deductible donation through their fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Go to www.fracturedatlas.org and search for AAPAC or go to their direct page: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/ profile?id=12552
- We See You: In reaction to civil unrest in our country, we—Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) theatremakers—formed a collective of multi-generational, multi-disciplinary, early career, emerging and established artists, theater managers, executives, students, administrators, dramaturges and producers, to address the scope and pervasiveness of anti-Blackness and racism in the American theater. Our response was to draft a strong testimonial letter, ‘DEAR WHITE AMERICAN THEATER', collectively crafted by theatremakers from across the country, exposing the indignities and racism that BIPOC, and in particular Black theatremakers, face on a day-to-day basis in the theater industry.
- The Black Seed: The Black Seed, comprised of six Black-led service institutions Black Theatre Commons, Black Theatre Network, Black Theatre United, The International Black Theatre Summit, Project1Voice, and We See You White American Theatre, is a first-ever national strategic plan to create impact and thrivability for Black theater institutions, communities of Black artists and Black audiences. The Black Seed will be a force for systemic change in the arts and culture world: a 21st century ecosystem for institutional thrivability, collectively tackling racial injustices and inequalities, and creating profound, world-class relevant art and replicable institutional and national partnership models. The Black Seed Fund will award up to 50 grants to Black-led theater institutions who serve predominantly Black communities and who produce, present, and/or commission new works and classic works, readings, conversations, festivals, summits and conferences, and/or performance art, as well as Black-led institutions focused on Black audience development, all rooted in the full diversity, complexity, and intersectionality of the Black experience.
- Actors Equity Association Diversity Report: Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has released its second diversity and inclusion report, tracking the demographics of how its members are hired for acting and stage management work, and how much they were paid from the years 2016-2019.
- Normalizing Injustice- The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television's Scripted Crime Drama: This report from Color of Change Hollywood found that the crime TV genre—the main way that tens of millions of people learn to think about the criminal justice system—advanced debunked ideas about crime, a false hero narrative about law enforcement, and distorted representations about Black people, other people of color and women. These shows rendered racism invisible and dismissed any need for police accountability. They made illegal, destructive and racist practices within the criminal justice system seem acceptable, justifiable and necessary—even heroic. The study found that the genre is also incredibly un-diverse in terms of creators, writers and showrunners: nearly all white.
- Inequality in 1,200 Popular Films-Examine Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBTQ & Disability from 2007-2018: Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, Dr. Katherine Pieper, Kevin Yao, Ariana Case & Angel Choi, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
- The Pop Culture Collaborative Learning: an array of learning tools in the form of case studies, essays, podcasts, visual reports, digital magazines and more. Each product is designed to help field members and funders immerse themselves in visionary narrative change strategies, groundbreaking field building approaches, and critical new insights around pop culture for social change.
- Re-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process: A resource from the Jerome Foundation that interrogates and applies a racial equity lens to each step of the grantmaking process: applicant pool, selection and training of panelists, panel experience
- Artists in 18 Major US Museums are 85% white and 87% male: Hyperallergic referencing Diversity of Artists in US Museums study
- On the Limits of Care-15 Points Museums Must Understand to Dismantle Structural Injustice: Yesomi Umolu for artnet
- How Racism Shapes the Music Industry: The Music Industry Was Built on Racism. Changing It Will Take More Than Donations, Elia Leight, Rolling Stone
- Black Music Action Coalition: BMAC is an advocacy organization formed to address systemic racism within the music business. Our Coalition advocates on behalf of Black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers and other passionate industry professionals
- Decentering Whiteness: Literature from the Center for the Study of White American Culture
- Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture: From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001
- Whiteness Project: Whiteness Project is an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race.
- Toolkit for "What is White Privilege Really?": This toolkit offers advice, activities and further reading suggestions for educators who want to unpack the concept of whiteness and white privilege with themselves and with student from Teaching Tolerance
- The Social Construction of Whiteness, Racism by Intent, Racism by Consequence: Teresa J. Guess, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis---In Sociology, we find less scholarship about the role “whiteness as the norm” plays in sustaining social privilege beyond that which is accorded marginalized others. In order to examine the historical black/white binary paradigm of race in America, it is important to understand its structuration.
- Psychology of American Racism: After examining research on racism from psychology, the social sciences and the humanities, the researchers, Steven Roberts and Michael Rizzo argue that American racism systematically advantages White Americans and disadvantages Americans of color – but that it does not have to. It all starts with awareness, they contend.
- Dismantling Racism Workbook: Created by dRworks. This web-based workbook was originally designed to support the Dismantling Racism Works 2-day basic workshop. The workbook is now offered as a resource to the community.
- Racial Justice Assessment Tool: This is a tool created by the Western States Center for organizations to locate their progress toward racial justice work
- RACE- The Power of Illusion: Race is one topic where we all think we're experts. Yet ask 10 people to define race or name "the races," and you're likely to get 10 different answers. Few issues are characterized by more contradictory assumptions and myths, each voiced with absolute certainty. In producing this series, we felt it was important to go back to first principles and ask, What is this thing called "race?" - a question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that most of our common assumptions about race - for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines - are wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real. Here is the PBS online companion.
- Talking About Race: A compilation of resources from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Dismantling Structural Racism: A Racial Equity Theory of Change, Aspen Institute
- Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Gender: A Black Feminist Critique of Anti-Discrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics: The term intersectionality was coined in 1989 by civil rights activist and legal scholar, Kimberlé Crenshaw in this paper outlining the theory and its legal and social implications
- Microaggressions: What They Are, And How They Are Associated With Adjustment Outcomes: American Psychological Association
- Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send: Microagressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.
- Unmasking Micoragressions: Some racism is so subtle that neither victim nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on—which may be especially toxic for people of color. Tori DeAngelis for American Psychological Association
- Uncovering the Trauma of Racism, American Psychological Association
- Perception Institute: Implicit Bias Explained & Transforming Perception
- Implicit Association Test: an interactive test providing a window into your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities. Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Implicit Bias Module Series: This course will introduce you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. You will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete. That way, even if you’re pressed for time, you can complete the lessons and modules at your convenience.
- Critical Practices in Anti-Bias Education: From Teaching Tolerance, this critical practices guide offers practical strategies for creating a space where academic and social-emotional goals are accomplished side by side. It also provides valuable advice for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can bring anti-bias values to life.
- Confirmation Bias (PDF): Nickerson, Raymond S. (June 1998), "Confirmation bias: A ubiquitous phenomenon in many guises", Review of General Psychology. Confirmation Bias refers to the tendency to refers to the tendency to favor information that endorses one's previously existing beliefs or theories.
- How Young Children Can Develop Racial Biases and What It Means: Race-based conflicts and prejudices are common. The persistence of such attitudes has led some to ask whether we are naturally inclined to like those who are like us and dislike those who are different. One way to investigate that is to do experiments with babies and young children.
- Let's Talk from Teaching Tolerance: Educators play a crucial role in helping students talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination. Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating critical conversations with students demands courage and skill.This guide offers classroom-ready strategies you can use to plan discussions and to facilitate these conversations with your students.
- Guide to Respectful Conversations from Repair the World: Your goal as the facilitator should be to create a space in which participants can express and listen to each other’s lived experiences and where both their experience and someone else’s are incorporated into a larger communal narrative. This guide holds suggestions about how to create that space.
- Under Our Skin-What Do We Mean When We Talk about Race?: Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how we at The Seattle Times cover race. Discussions about race, inclusiveness and sensitivity clearly aren’t new. They can leave us feeling depleted and wondering whether anything has really changed. But we believe the personal reflections and stories from the people who participated in this project will inspire all of us to think and talk about these issues in a deeper way. For those who freeze up at the prospect of talking about race, we hope this project will help break the ice. For those who tend to take sides right away when the issue of race comes up, we hope Under Our Skin will challenge assumptions and build common ground.