Mythbusters: Racism edition
Last week, the Division of Student Development sent out a message about theme parties and campus culture. For some people in the Women’s Center community, the message was strongly worded; for others, it didn’t go nearly far enough in identifying recent events as symptoms of pervasive racism. These different reactions reminded me that, like rape myths, a number of racism myths are alive on campus, circulating to our collective detriment and to the direct harm of people who are already marginalized and mobilizing against it. So, I wanted to offer the Women’s Center community some resources for mythbusting on racism and the blindness of privilege. Many of the titles on the links below are available at Landis House or at the Waidner-Spahr library.
Several administrators and faculty are developing an open forum to discuss racism on campus and how we can intervene—I’ll be sure to send a message as soon as we know when that will happen. Whatever your position, please continue the dialogue and/or action to work toward a more healthy and respectful community.
Excellent reading list: http://www.timwise.org/reading-list/
Derailing for Dummies: http://www.derailingfordummies.com/
Intro to privilege & racism resources: http://maysie.web.net/node/24
NYC-area Anti-Racist Alliance: http://www.antiracistalliance.com/index.html
People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond: http://www.pisab.org/
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