What Is Racial Equity?

Aug. 2017 Book – The Hate You Give

The next Whites for Racial Equity book club will meet on Aug 1 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church. We will discuss the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The book has garnered rave reviews:  #1 New York Times Bestseller! “Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds “This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus Reviews  “Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)”A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)

Additional Resources

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves by Jon Greenberg (a great place to start reading)
30 Articles by People of Color that Everyone Should Read
Baltimore Racial Justice Action (books, videos, web)
16 Honest Books About Slavery That Young People Should Actually Read
Criss Crass (Author, Educator, Movement Builder
7 Important Books from the Harlem Renaissance
New York Times Race/Related Archives

ANTI-RACIST ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Crow-In

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/deray
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/nettaaaaaaaa
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Shaun King, blogger
https://twitter.com/shaunking

Feminista Jones, blogger
https://twitter.com/feministajones

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB
https://twitter.com/elonjames
http://thisweekinblackness.com/

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/chescaleigh
Shit white girls say to black girls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylPUz
Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRiWg

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/smoothiefreak
Meet your first black girlfriend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDiU0
On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3N

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Wi

REFERENCED, SOURCES, AND FURTHER READING

WEALTH & HOUSING

Housing discrimination report
http://www.huduser.org/portal/publica

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/a

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2

Race & income inequality
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/washington

Racial disparities in lending
https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-c

EDUCATION

Data snapshot: school discipline
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/lis

Status and trends in black education
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo

EMPLOYMENT

Racial bias in hiring
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report
http://www.epi.org/publication/whiter

MASS INCARCERATION

Racial trends
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/p

Is prison the new Jim Crow?
http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/g

International prison population trends
http://www.prisonstudies.org/highest-…

US has largest prison population in the world
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014

Racism in the prison industrial complex
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/ma

Criminal justice fact sheet
http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-j

RACIAL PROFILING

Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)
http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-and-dr

Show me your papers
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2012

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/a

Disproportionate minority contact – Report
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publ

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na

POLICE BRUTALITY

Police militarization
https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-…

Police brutality statistics
http://graphs.net/police-brutality-st

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects
http://mic.com/articles/96452/one-tro

 

May 2017 Film – Kumu Hina

Kumu Hina is a powerful feature documentary about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawai. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

Our second film, Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of this story are the artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), a group of Native Hawaiian charter-school youth and the rural community of Waimea, dealing with the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture.

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai’i to study art on the mainland, made a name for himself as a street artist and returned to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling and drugs after the birth of his first child and returned to writing when he realized it was a way to help youth.

June 2017 Film – The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America

Please join NAACP, NCBI and Whites for Racial Equity for the showing of the film, The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America, on Thursday, June 15 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd in Carmel.  The event is free and open to the public.

Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures (Indigenous, African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America. With uncommon courage, the women speak their hearts and minds about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences, and more. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi- dimensional worlds invisible to outsiders. The abundance of photographs, dance, and music provides a sensual richness to this provocative piece. The Way Home is rich with stories and experiences that will provoke conversation.

June 2017 Book – Whistling Vivaldi

Join us on Tuesday, June 6 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Carmel, for our monthly anti-racism book club. This month we’ll be discussing Claude M. Steele’s book Whistling Vivaldi. Steele, who has been called one of the few great social psychologists, offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these stereotype threats and reshaping American identities.

May 2017 Meeting

Whites  for Racial Equity meets this Saturday, May 13 from 2-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel.

Last week, between 100-200 UCSC students held a three-day protest speaking out against a “hostile climate” on the campus. The school group, Afrikan Black Student Alliance,  facilitated the takeover of an administrative building. The NAACP Monterey chapter asked if members of Whites for Racial Equity would be willing and able to assist the students. Before specific requests were worked out, the UCSC  situation was resolved. This is not the first group to ask WRE for more active ally ship.

So, there are questions we must answer. We need to look further at who we are— both as individuals and as WRE, what actions we are willing to take, and what tools do we need to develop (ie:phone tree) and new ways to support POC led groups.

We will be using specific exercises at this Saturday’s meeting to help us discover and strengthen our ally ship.

May 2017 Book – Notes from No Man’s Land

The next WRE book club will meet on Tuesday, May 2 from 7-9pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel. We’ll be discussing Eula Biss’s book, Notes from No Man’s Land. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, this book is a frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity

As Biss moves across the country from New York to California to the Midwest, her essays move across time from biblical Babylon to the freedman’s schools of Reconstruction to a Jim Crow mining town to post-war white flight. She brings an eclectic education to the page, drawing variously on the Eagles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Baldwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Didion, religious pamphlets, and reality television shows.

These spare, sometimes lyric essays explore the legacy of race in America, artfully revealing in intimate detail how families, schools, and neighborhoods participate in preserving racial privilege. Faced with a disturbing past and an unsettling present, Biss still remains hopeful about the possibilities of American diversity, “not the sun-shininess of it, or the quota-making politics of it, but the real complexity of it.”

April 2017 Meeting

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and the local Monterey County chapter, Whites for Racial Equity, are committed to ending white supremacy, and to work for racial equity.

Our role, as part of a multi-racial movement, is to help open the eyes, hearts and minds of white people to the brutality and total pervasiveness of racism.  We are dedicated to educating one another, reflecting upon and deepening our own awareness and actions, and to being accountable to people of color. Whites for Racial Equity is not meant to be  the ultimate destination for anti-racist white folks. We are a training ground and support group for members to gain consciousness, experience political education, learn skills, and practice anti-racist work in a way/place that not only doesn’t cause harm to people of color, but that actually supports and amplifies their goals.

Ms Delgado, in her article Whites Only, https://medium.com/@thedididelgado/whites-only-the-caucasian-invasion-of-racial-justice-spaces-7e2529ec8314, raises some very important  points.  SURJ has been actively working on addressing many of them, as have we. And, there is always room for improvement.

Whites for Racial Equity will devote its next monthly meeting to assessing what we’ve been doing and how we’ve been working over the past 18 months. What’s our accountability?  Are we effective in our actions? Where can we grow? How do we determine that?

April 2017 Book – Go Tell it on the Mountain

In between these two showings, our book club will discuss James Baldwin’s “Go Tell it on the Mountain” at the Tuesday, April 4 meeting from 7 -9 pm. 

We will discuss James Baldwin’s book Go Tell It On the Mountain. First published in 1953, it is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves. This event is free and open to the public. We are looking for someone to lead this book club discussion. Please let JT know if you are interested and available.

March & April 2017 Film – I Am Not Your Negro

Whites for Racial Equity invites everyone to two evenings of film and discussion about the film:    I am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s documentary is an advanced seminar in racial politics and an important introduction to James Baldwin’s work.” A. O. Scott, New York Times

These events are free and open to the public. 6:30 – 9:00, Thursday evenings, March 16 and April 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aquajito Road

Members of Whites for Racial Equity who have seen this film found it so full of passion and clarity that we agreed one showing and one evening would not be enough. This Thursday,  March 16, we will do an uninterrupted showing of the film followed by a general discussion with guided questions. On April 20, we will use segments of the film to delve more deeply into all the film has to offer.

Many of the words of the film, read by Samuel L. Jackson, come from reflections of Mr. Baldwin on the lives of his assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X