Real Talk

*a microscopic sample of race writings curated from a filipinx perspective. there are gaps and a lot not represented here. all of these writings have resources and links that lead you to another layer of learning or recommended literature.

updated 11.10.2018.

US History

Today

For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership via Reveal News

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

How Systemic Racism Infiltrates Education via Ben and Jerry

Let’s be clear: systemic racism is a corrosive and widespread problem in our society, and we all need to do a better job of confronting it — in our towns, in our neighborhoods, and in ourselves.

Want to be part of the solution? Here’s how you can take action

Racism and discrimination in health care: Providers and patients via Harvard Health Blog

It is well-established that blacks and other minority groups in the U.S. experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared with whites. These health disparities were first “officially” noted back in the 1980s, and though a concerted effort by government agencies resulted in some improvement, the most recent report shows ongoing differences by race and ethnicity for all measures.

Whose food is it, anyway? via the Globe and Mail

Ms. Yu, [as well as every other person interviewed], made clear that she believes everyone should be able to cook and enjoy everyone else's food. But, she said, there's a key difference between sharing and appropriating.

*The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All via the Intercept

“Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far-right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).” That’s a margin of almost three to one.

*Politifact also wrote about this stat, (per a gov’t report)

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It via National Geographic

Race is not a biological construct, as writer Elizabeth Kolbert explains in this issue, but a social one that can have devastating effects. “So many of the horrors of the past few centuries can be traced to the idea that one race is inferior to another,” she writes. “Racial distinctions continue to shape our politics, our neighborhoods, and our sense of self.”

Listen

Code Switch

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

Revisionist History

By Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

Ijeoma Oluo: 'I am drowning in whiteness'

…what I've noticed is that nothing really threatens the Seattle identity of liberal utopia more than asking white people to acknowledge what whiteness is and where it is in their lives.

How a Confederate flag tore a neighborhood apart, before it came together

"When you have a heart attack and you're being told you're not going to live very long, you're facing your mortality. I needed to clean up the messes that I made by being so stubborn," Annie said.

On Kneeling

I Fought for Our Country. Now NFL Players Are Kneeling for Me.

A Black military veteran explains why he supports NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem.

The Psychology of Taking a Knee

Will Americans one day look back on Kaepernick’s symbolic act as a moment when we started to understand each other just a little bit better? When many kinds of people were galvanized to work concretely on the problems of police brutality and racial bias in the criminal justice system, instead of discounting the concerns of African Americans?

Visuals

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Instagram

This is a decent starter pack in a big field of activists. If you want ongoing education, these accounts do you right and will most likely make you super uncomfortable. You don’t need an IG account to check them out.

@shaunking
@asian.activist
@intersectional.femme
@rachel.cargle (she has some serious resources centered around white feminism)
@theguerrillafeminist
@themiddleeasternfeminist
@annoyed.asian
@whitenonsenseroundup
@helpingkidsrise

Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Resources

Reveal News [News Source]
Southern Poverty Law Center [News + Hatewatch]
Stand Against Hatred [Asian American Hate Crime Watch]