Real Talk

A tiny sample from my personal color curriculum. Updated 9.12.2018 12:33 PM Pacific.

Starters

The Kind Of Racism You Don’t Even Know You Have by Martie Sirois
10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You [Non-fiction selection]
Reveal News [News Source]
Mapping Police Violence [Database]
Southern Poverty Law Center [Facts Overview]

Background

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.


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.”

Confronting Anti-Blackness and White Supremacy in the Pilipinx Community with Acts of Decolonization via hellapinay.com

It is time for us to hold up a mirror to ourselves and our Pilipinx communities and invite all of us to do heavy decolonization work around the racist beliefs and practices that persist amongst us that make our people ally with the oppressor, glorify the colonizer, and perpetuate white supremacy and violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

Their Last Fight: Filipino Veterans Make A Final Push For Recognition via North Carolina Public Radio

At least 250,000 Filipinos fought with American forces in World War II. After the notorious Bataan Death march in April 1942 and the withdrawal of most U.S. forces, the fight against the Japanese was left mostly to locals. Ordinary Filipinos hidden in the jungles and mountains led the resistance.

The toll was high: more than a million Filipinos died.

Roosevelt signed a presidential order in 1941 bringing all military forces in the Philippines under U.S. control. But after the war, in 1946, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that stripped recognition from Filipino soldiers. It was called the Rescission Act, and it explicitly barred "rights, privileges, or benefits" from most Filipinos who fought.

*Hawaii Suffering from Racial Prejudice via SPLU

Anti-white sentiments such as these have been more than 200 years in the making. The pivotal event occurred when American and European businessmen, backed by U.S. military forces, overthrew Hawaii's monarch in 1893 and placed her under house arrest two years later. The United States annexed the islands as a territory in 1898, and they became a state in 1959.

  • This is an add’l resource - written by a local - for understanding the complexities of Hawaii. Scroll to the bottom of the article for books and resources.

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How biased is your news source? You probably won’t agree with this chart

Listen

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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.

Visuals

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Instagram

Too many to list, but this is a decent starter pack.

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

Fiction

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