2015/16 Study Group – Challenging White Supremacy

Schedule of session dates:
Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 14, Mar. 28

#9 – Monday, March 28 – Solidarity, Accountability, and White Racial Justice Organizing

Video of The Future of Solidarity: How White People Can Support the Movement for Black Lives – A conversation with members from the Bay Area chapter of Black Lives Matter on March 8, 2016

Powerful Partnerships: Transformative Alliance Building by Shelly Tochluk and Cameron Levin, AWARE-LA

How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and ‘Ally Theater’ by Mia McKenzie

How to be an Ally? – Excerpt from the book Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression by Anne Bishop

The Work Is Not The Workshop: Talking and Doing, Visibility and Accountability in the White Anti-Racist Community by Catherine Jones

Accountability page for Showing Up for Racial Justice, an Example of Solidarity Guidelines by Deep Green Resistance, and an example of Protocol and Principles by Bay Area Solidarity Action Team

#8 – Monday, March 14 – Preschool to Prison Pipline

What is the School-to-Prison Pipeline? by the ACLU

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool by Mychal Denzel Smith

This American Life – Is This Working? focuses on discipline in schools

What school discipline should look like by A+ Schools (Pittsburgh)

How Segregation Works in 2016, and Why by vikramsurya
Analysis of school segregation (the why and how) focusing on NYC, but showing nationwide statistics

The White Teachers I Wish I Never Had by Mia McKenzie

What Happens When Inmates in Solitary Confinement Blow the Whistle on Their Abuse? by Molly Crabapple
Article about brutality in prison. Read with care, very heavy

#7 – Monday, February 22 – Gentrification and Community Development

Gentrification’s Racial Arbitrage by by Peter Frase

Push for affordable housing targets trendy Pittsburgh neighborhoods by Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh is poised for growth for the first time in 60 years. Will the city’s African-American community grow with it? by Ryan Deto, City Paper

Clip from East of Liberty by Chris Ivey (10 minutes)

Is gentrification always bad? by Laura Sullivan, NPR

Equitable Development Toolkit by Policy Link

An explanation of what happened in East Liberty (Prezi with transcript below) by Richard Giza (from 2013)

Black Homes Matter: Alternative Approaches to Neighborhood Revitalization in the City of Pittsburgh


Check out the “Wylie Avenue Days” DVD from the library (there are 16 copies)

For some, the erasure of a landmark East Liberty mural reflects the travails of gentrification by Lissa Brennan, City Paper

More about Chris Ivey’s  East of Liberty project

Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey – Community/Region, Pittsburgh Today

#6 – Monday, February 8, 2016 – Indigenous Issues and Environmental Justice

Basic Concepts: What is Environmental Justice? and other things.
Principles of Environmental Justice, Developed at the POC Environmental Summit
Accomplices NOT Allies: What it means to be White and in Solidarity
What is Settler Colonialism?

Current/Recent Events: Intersections between Racism and Environmental Justice
The Black Mesa Syndrome: Indian Lands, Black Gold by Judith Nies
How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint by Louise Seamster and Jessica Welburn
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson by Deirdre Smith
SCI Fayette Coal Ash Crisis (Prison Justice)
Tribal Sovereignty and Nuclear Waste

Indigenous Resistance
How To Stop An Oil And Gas Pipeline: The Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance VIDEO
Wet’suwet’en and Unis’toten Rising Up Against Big Oil by Julien Lalonde

Extra Optional Resources

From Truth Telling to Land Return: 4 Ways White People Can Work for Indigenous Justice by Jamie Utt

The Summit: Transforming a Movement by Dana Alston – Article on the POC Environmental Summit which led to the development of the basic environmental justice principles above.

Decolonization is not a Metaphor by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

The Politics of Solidarity: Six Nations, Leadership, and the Settler Left by Tom Keefer – Like the Accomplices not Ally article, with more information on how to be a helpful (not harmful) part of environmental movements as a white person.

Understanding Reproductive Justice by Loretta Ross-Reproductive justice directly intersects with racial and environmental justice. Here is the run down on what reproductive justice is and how it relates to environmental justice!

#5 – Monday, January 25 – Personal Transformation, Whiteness, White Fragility, Microaggressions

From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: the life-long journey by Tema Okun, dRworks

I, Racist by John Metta

Dear White America by George Yancy

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin D’Angelo

11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for Its Racism by Robin D’Angelo

What is Whiteness? by Nell Irvin Painter

Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send
Adapted from Derald Wing Sue’s book Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation

DETOUR-SPOTTING for white anti-racists by jona olsson

Bonus Calling-In Resources:
Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable by Ngọc Loan Trần
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How by Sian Ferguson
A Note on Call-Out Culture by Asam Ahmad

#4 – Monday, January 11 – Family History

Family History Research Questions from the Catalyst Project (this is the same “assignment” document that has been posted since we started the group)

Legacies of White Privilege by Lisa Berndt
pdf version, Google Doc text version

A Love Letter from Ariel Lucky pg 117-123
pdf version, Google Doc text version

Ending Poem by Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales, from Getting Home Alive

Patrimony by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz from Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie pg 43-48

#3 – Monday, December 14 – Institutional and Structural Racism

Levels of Racism

White Supremacy Culture and Anti-Racist Organizational Development
adapted by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, dRworks

On Keeping Up Appearances: Blackness and Professionalism by LaTisha Hammond on Black Girl Dangerous

Are you or your org guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement? by Vu Le on Nonprofit with Balls

Optional: Tim Wise “How to Dismantle Racism in Organizations” Video
(long but worth it if you can make the time! 45 min talk, then long q & a)

Optional: Toward a Structural Racism Framework by Andrew Grant-Thomas & john a. powell; Poverty & Race

Optional Resource: Definitions by the Aspen Institute

#2 – Monday, November 23 at 6:30 pm – History

There are a lot of links this week, but many are short. Do the best you can!

History is a Weapon: A People’s History of the United States; Chapter 1: Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress
Read from “Columbus called them Indians, because he miscalculated the size of the earth…” (which is about 3/4ths of the way down) to the end.

Article and audio (4 min) of modern Map of Native Americans by Aaron Carapella

Audio: BackStory: Describing the Emancipation Experience (8 min)

Former Slave Narratives (look over these)

Civil Rights Leaders Who Changed History

People of Color and White People Who Have Led the Struggle for Racial Justice

Video/Audio: A Time to Speak: a speech by Charles Morgan (7 min)

Pittsburgh: Selections from Jane Grey Swisshelm’s autobiography
From Pittsburg to Kentucky  –  Saturday Visiter  –  Fugitive Slaves/trials  –  Daniel Webster


The Blue Period: An Origin Story; Video interview (26 min) and article

When you Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called Hitler

Audio: Entire BackStory episode (52 min)

Juliet Hamptom Morgan: A White Woman Who Understood

#1 – Monday, November 9 at 6:30 pm – Welcome

Welcome, White Supremacy, White Privilege, Intersectionality

At this first gathering, we’ll spend most of time getting to know each other and talking about logistics of the study group. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

1. “What is White Supremacy?” Betita Martinez

2. “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

3. Wikipedia entry about Intersectionality Theory – based on work by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Optional: More about Intersectionality – A Primer from The Washington Post, Very Optional: linked articles also

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