Race

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor → Ally → Accomplice

A very practical guide to specific steps white people can take to fight racism, for anyone who wants to be an actor, an ally, or an accomplice to people of color. This framework applies to any privileged person who wants to help people who are marginalized in a way that they are not (eg: men working for gender equality, straight people for queer rights, citizens helping immigrants, etc.).

African American Policy Forum

Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy.

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"Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected" by the African American Policy Forum

In 2014, a 12-year-old girl faced expulsion and criminal charges after writing “hi” on a locker room wall of her Georgia middle school, and a Detroit honors student was suspended for her entire senior year for accidently bringing a pocketknife to a football game.

"Focus on Affirmative Action" by the African American Policy Forum

13 Myths About Affirmative Action: A Special Series on a Public Policy Under Siege This 13 - part series provides readers with a guided tour of the current controversy about affirmative action. Each installment is structured to explore a widely held belief or assertion about affirmative action. Upon closer inspection, each belief is shown to be false, distorted, or unsupported by the evidence.

"The Learning Circle Toolkit" by the The African American Policy Forum

The Learning Circle Toolkit is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the African American Policy Forum, generously funded by the Public Welfare Foundation.  We gathered together a group of scholars, activists, community leaders, and students who were actively involved in combating systemic racial and gender injustice at both the community and national level, with special focus on the over incarceration of girls and women of color in the United States.  Our collaborators came from diverse backgrounds and brought a wealth of experiences with them to our Learning Circles.

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Harassment, Privilege, Race

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Over the last two decades, women have organized against the almost routine violence that shapes their lives. Drawing from the strength of shared experience, women have recognized that the political demands of millions speak more powerfully than the pleas of a few isolated voices. This politicization in turn has transformed the way we understand violence against women. For example, battering and rape, once seen as private (family matters) and aberrational (errant sexual aggression), are now largely recognized as part of a broad-scale system of domination that affects women as a class.

Being African American & LGBTQ: An Introduction

This resource is specific to the experiences of LGBTQ people living in the United States who identify as African American.

The next time someone says 'all lives matter,' show them these 5 paragraphs

The real issue is that, while strictly true, "All Lives Matter" is a tone-deaf slogan that distracts from the real problems black people in America face.

The best explanation we've seen so far comes from Reddit, of all places. Last year, in an "Explain Like I'm 5" thread, user GeekAesthete explained, clearly and succinctly, why changing #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter is an act of erasure that makes lots of people cringe.

Philadelphia Pride Flag Opposition Is a Sign of Racism in the LGBTQ Community

In this op-ed, writer Phillip Henry explores how the backlash against a more inclusive pride flag served as a reminder of racism inherent in the LGBTQ community.

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