Intro to Racism for White People* – a List of Resources for Learning
Compiled by Jen Willsea
*and anyone else who is interested!
A Conversation on Race – series by The New York Times (each video is about 7 minutes long)
“Shattered Families” stories of undocumented immigrant deportations and the impact on families (short film produced as part of the Shattered Families report produced by Race Forward)
“Sea Change: Navigating Oppression” - a short film by The Icarus Project
“Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo” - a 20 minute talk
Full length films:
Check out racialequitytools.org for MANY more resources!
The Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) defines racism as:
Racism: a system of oppression based on the socially constructed concept of race* exercised by the dominant racial group (whites) over non-dominant racial groups; a system of oppression created to justify social, political, and economic hierarchy.
Racism operates on four levels:
1. Internalized Racism is the set of private beliefs, prejudices, and ideas that individuals have about the superiority of whites and the inferiority of people of color. Among people of color, it manifests as internalized oppression. Among whites, it manifests as internalized racial superiority.
2. Interpersonal Racism is the expression of racism between individuals. It occurs when individuals interact and their private beliefs affect their interactions.
3. Institutional Racism is discriminatory treatment, unfair policies and practices, inequitable opportunities and impacts within organizations and institutions, based on race, that routinely produce racially inequitable outcomes for people of color and advantages for white people. Individuals within institutions take on the power of the institution when they reinforce racial inequities.
4. Structural Racism is a system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequality. It is racial bias among institutions and across society. It involves the cumulative and compounding effects of an array of societal factors including the history, culture, ideology and interactions of institutions and policies that systematically privilege white people and disadvantage people of color.
Want to Host a Conversation about these Concepts?
Get started with this Code Switch Listening Party Kit, created by Cynthia Silver Parker of IISC in collaboration with NPR’s Generation Listen: http://interactioninstitute.org/iisc-partners-with-nprs-code-switch/
 Adapted from multiple sources.