Week 1 – Monday October 21st
This meeting we will spend a lot of time talking about logistics of the study group. These Readings are all on the shortish side. We will definitely be discussing the first article.
1. “What is White Supremacy?” Betita Martinez
Download/Read Here ( page 32 on the pdf: the last article: 4 pages)
2. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
3. Tim Wise and the Failure of Privilege Discourse by Robtheidealist –Includes a 16 minute video.
Week 2 – Monday November 4 th — Some History
History (Class and Colonial Homo/Transphobia) Readings
The Color of Wealth – Chapter 1 – (17 pages)
Queer (In)justice – Chapter 1 (19 pages) Starts on page 18 of pdf
Video’s and Audio
Columbus History Youtube (5 minutes)
What Kind of Asian Are you – 2:20 Youtube Movie
Try to watch/listen to one of the following. They are all about an hour.
The Black Atlantic The Black Atlantic” explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves came to Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores. The transatlantic slave trade soon became a vast empire connecting three continents.
Latino Americans PBS – Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land (54 minutes)
Harvest of Empire – Radio Story on Making Contact Today, in part one, Juan Gonzalez traces the history of Guatemalan, Dominican, and Mexican migration to the United States.
The Color of Wealth – Starts on page 37 of pdf. Excerpts page 62 has stories from Asian American immigrants.
Slave Trade:Coolie Trade – 2 pages
Modern Day Slavery – Walk Free Movement – Democracy Now reports: A new report by the Walk Free Foundation has found there are nearly 30 million people living in slavery around the world. October 18, 2013
Week 3 – Nov. 18th – Personal Transformation
From White Racist to White Anti-Racist – only to page 17 – by Dismantling Racism Works
Love is the Practice of Freedom by Bell Hooks 6 pages
Barriers to Organization Between Anti-Racist White People by Joanie Mayer 10 pages
Racism is to White People Like Wind to the Sky by Sunny Drake Part 1 and Part 2 with Chanelle
Creative poetry expressions
Week 4 – Dec. 2nd – Gender, Sexuality and Race
“Desirability: Or, Why That White Ally Who Dates All the Brown Queers Needs To Stop It” by Mia McKenzie
Week 5 – Dec. 16th – Non Profit Industrial Complex – Working Inside Institutions
White Supremacy Culture and Antiracist Organizational Development from DRWorks
Pittsburgh’s community-based nonprofits are assets too! – Part I, Part II, and Part III
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (explore these websites)
On Keeping Up Appearances: Blackness and Professionalism by by LaTisha Hammond on Black Girl Dangerous
Sprout grant application in your email.
See Sprout Fund’s prompt to the funding program to which the applicant applied here
Optional: Tim Wise “How to Dismantle Racism in Organizations” Video
(long but worth it! 45 min talk, then long q & a)
Week 6 – January 6th – Family History
1. Family History Research Questions
2. Time and Distance Overcome by Eula Bliss
Choose One of the Following
All in Shared Document-You can Download/Read of the Week Readings here.
-On Being White and Other Lies; A History of Racism in the U.S. by Mab Segrest (45 pages)
– Patrimony by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz from Red Dirt Growing up Okie (6 pages)
-Italian Americas: Say Basta to Columbus (4 pages)
-How did Jews Become White Folks by Karen Bodin Sacks (22 pages)
– Jews in the U.S. The Rising Cost of Whiteness by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (17 pages)
– Time Traveling and Border Crossing Reflections on White Identity by Beck Thompson (17 pages)
Week 7 January 20th – Class History
Class Characteristics – Use this to identify the class you grew up in.
Climbing the Up Escalator: White Advantages and Wealth Accumulation from the Color of Wealth
Tips from Working Class Activists from Class Matters–including reducing classism in non-profit organizations
Stranger with a Camera – Movie – I have this movie if anyone wants to borrow it -Michelle is gonna organize a screening at her house. Stranger with a Camera investigates the 1967 killing of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor who was shot while capturing images of poverty in the Kentucky coalfields. Director Elizabeth Barret looks at the death of O’Connor and the motivation of Hobart Ison, the irate property owner who shot him. Through her exploration of the tragic incident and its aftermath, Barret reflects on the nature and consequence of media making.
Born Rich Movie – They have it library
Class Matters – Cool website
Jobs for Justice – Awesome organizers
Week 8 – February 4th – Solidarity and Practice
Powerful Partnerships: Transformative Alliance Building
by Shelly Tochluk and Cameron Levin, AWARE-LA
Tools for White Anti-Racist Organizers – Page 38 on the PDF
No More Allies by Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous
The Problem with Privilege by Andrea Smith
On Allyship, Abuse, Identity, and Solidarity – and How to Make a Damn Difference Mid Sentence Revelation Blog
Being an Ally – From If I Can’t Dance Am I Still My Revolution? Explores critique of term ally from disability justice perspective. GREAT! Follow the links in article!
Unsettling America – Allyship Decolonization in Theory & Practice
Being an ally/building /solidarity Southerners on New Ground
Thanks for linking to the story at Orchestrated Pulse, and I’m glad to see people engaging in this work.
I’d love to hear updates about how the study group is doing!