Racism 101

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American Broadcasting Corporation. (1991). “Prime Time Live: True Colors.” This documentary follows a white man and a black man through the process of renting an apartment, interviewing for a job, buying a used car, and other everyday experiences.

American Broadcasting Corporation. (2010). “What Would You Do?”  This expose shows three different actors trying to steal a bike, and emphasizes conscious/unconscious bias and prejudice at play.

Butler, Shakti. (2013). Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. World Trust.

California Newsreel. (2003). RACE: The Power of an Illusion.  Accompanying website (interactive): http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm

Articles & Books

Alexander, M. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press.

Baldwin, J. (1984). Notes of a Native Son (reissue). Beacon Press.

Baldwin, J. (1992). The Fire Next Time (reissue). Vintage.

Bertrand, M. & Mullainathan, S. (2003). Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discriminationNational Bureau of Economic Research.

Bonilla-Silva, E. (2009). Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, 3rd ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Deloria, P. (1999). Playing Indian. Yale University Press.

Douglass, F. Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) / My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881). Library of America.

Du Bois, W.E.B. (1903). The Souls of Black FolkCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Hepshiba. (2010). Why there’s no such thing as “Reverse Racism”. Blog post on Daily Kos.

Jacobson, M.F. (1998). Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

Katznelson, I. (2005). When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. New York: W.W. Norton.

Miller, J. & Garran, A.M. (2008). Racism in the United States: Implications for the helping professions. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Ngai, M. (2005). Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern AmericaPrinceton University Press.

Omi, M. & Winant, H. (2013). Racial Formation in the United States: from the 1960s to the 1990s, 3rd ed. New York: Routledge.

Patterson, O. (1982). Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Rydell, R. (1987). All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916. University of Chicago Press.

Steele, C.M. (2011). Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (reprint ed). New York: W.W.Norton & Company.

Sue, D.W. (2010). Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual OrientationHoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Takaki, R. (2008). A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, revised edition. New York: Back Bay Books.

Tatum, B.D. (2003). “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race (5th anniv, revised).  Basic Books.

Wilkerson, I. (2010). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Vintage Books.

Williams, M.T. (2011). “Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism.” Psychology Today.

Zinn, H. (2005). A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present. Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

“The Doll Study”

Clark KB & Clark MP. (1947). Racial identification and preference in Negro children.

Anderson Cooper 360. (2010). Update to the Doll Study.


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