"In order to address racism, in all the places where we witness it's oppressive power, we need people who understand it, can address it and challenge it." - YWCA Southeast Wisconsin.
Racial Justice Resources 201 Year 1 Resources
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is pleased to support learning opportunities for Professional Dimensions members as part of our joint project, The Ripple Effect. This resource list complements the all-member read for the project's second year, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon for White America by Michael Eric.
A look into the state of race relations in the United States, delivered as "a hard-hitting sermon on the racial divide, directed specifically to a white congregation."
The book grapples with the social construct of "whiteness" and challenges the readers to "reject the willful denial of history and to live fully in the complicated present with all of the discomfort it brings." Dyson's 'sermon' addresses "five dysfunctional ways that those regarded as white respond when confronted with the reality that whiteness is simultaneously artificial and powerful," as well as "dysfunctional ways that black people sometimes respond to white racism."
Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed or discounted
Special Recommendations from PD’s SIG: Reframing Reality
Please check SIG schedule on the PD website to learn when related discussions will occur and other terrific resources provided by this SIG
Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
The State of Black Milwaukee in National Perspective: Racial Inequality in the Nation’s 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas in 65 Charts and Tables by Marc V. Levine (July 2020)
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg
The Intersectionality of Racism & Sexism
And the conversation continues today…
“Influencers” of Interest – check out the variety of perspectives by following these accounts on Twitter:
Irin Carmon @irin
Brittney Cooper @professorcrunk
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Roxane Gay @rgray
Meena Harris @meenaharris
Tiffany Jana @tiffanyjana
Tamika D. Mallory @tamikadmallory
Paola Mendoza @paolamendoza
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Amanda Seales @amandaseales
Rebecca Traister @rtraister