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Rick Derksen

Stand Your Ground: A conversation on the Michael Dunn verdict

[Roots of Justice Trainers and Accountability Council (board) members share thoughts and analysis about the Michael Dunn verdict and Stand Your Ground laws.] Tina Lopes: As the mother of two sons, I begin with the dreadful recognition that you, the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the aunts and uncles, the grandparents, the lovers, partners
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Race, Perceptions and Stereotypes

Race, Perceptions and Stereotypes

Some interesting social science research on race, perceptions and stereotypes and how they play into white supremacy and internalized oppression/inferiority. Highlights from an NPR story (listen to the story or read the transcript at the link): SAPERSTEIN: If someone went from being employed to being unemployed, or being out of prison to being in prison, or
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Research Brief on Intersectionality

Research Brief on Intersectionality

With our focus on the intersections of oppressions, this write-up on the RacismReview blog about a special intersectionality issue of the Journal DuBois Review, may be of interest to some of our readers. Three of the articles are available for free until February 17, after which you would need to have access to a subscription.

Report on Advancing Equity in Organizations

Report on Advancing Equity in Organizations

The D5 Coalition has a report (released a few months ago) that examines “Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” It’s based on interviews, reports, and assessments of various philanthropic foundations, and has a lot of helpful ideas to consider. I appreciate the importance that it places on changing policies, practices and
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If you watch the superbowl…

If you watch the superbowl…

If you are watching the Superbowl today, during one of the commercial breaks, watch this 2 minute spot instead. The creators didn’t have the funds to actually air it during the game. I’ll add that I’m a bit uncomfortable with some of the images (a brief scene from Dances With Wolves to illustrate “Sioux” – not
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New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

RaceForward (formerly the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines) has released a report which analyzes conversations about race in the “mainstream” media (Surprise! The mainstream doesn’t talk much about systems!), describes seven harmful racial discourse practices, and features case studies of attempts to change this harmful discourse. They invited Jay Smooth to do a quick
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