A Lot Of Supporting Educational Material

The materials from this point on were compiled for the Philadelphia Theater of the Oppressed workshop titled Unpacking Race conducted in March 2016

Details the history of race in the U.S.

This history of race in the U.S. is also covered by the documentary, Race: The Power of an Illusion. Watch the first part here. Seeing the first part may compel you to watch the rest, so here are links for Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4.

Listen to and see “White Supremacy Loves To Kill”, a poem by Dana Rivers set to images.

The essay “Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy” is a primer to the complex systems of how racism can be barriers to organizing This is a scanned PDF, and this version is better for text-to-speech devices.

“Ultimate White Privilege Statistics” provides s a comprehensive list of cited statistics indicating racial bias in many sectors including Education, Wealth, Employment, Criminal Justice and Voting.

On Healthcare

“Racial Bias and its Effect on Health Care” (short interview transcript) Primer on the racial bias in health care today.
Tim Wise at the Public Health Commission (three-part video) The health effects of microaggressions, racial bias in health care, and the pathology of white supremacy.
“Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics in the United Staes” (article with embedded videos)

On Media

“When The Media Treats White Supremacists And Killers Better Than Black Victims”“Lives Fit For Print” (article) How the media defines global terrorism by focusing on specific acts of terrorism and largely ignoring others.


“Malcolm X, Gentrification, and Housing as a Human Right” A history of housing discrimination in the U.S.
“Historian Says ‘Don’t Sanitize How Our Government Created Ghettos'” (podcast+article) On government collusion with real estate and financial industry to create and maintain racially segregated urban slums while raising white folks’ property values
“Environmental Racism Explained” video (below) Connects access to housing and other geographic resources to negative public health vectors for people of color and to the inaction of governmental structures to prevent and protect them:

Criminal Justice System

“14 Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System” (article) Reality of racial inequality sequenced from the initial brush with law enforcement to life after incarceration
“The Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism” video (below) Framing police officer violence as terrorism against Black folks.
“Mass Incarceration Since 1492” (article) history and continued criminalization and poverty for Native American population as a means of erasure and silence.

Internalized Racism

White Privilege

“Why White People Freak Out When They’re Called Out About Race” (article) Interview about white fragility.
“Admitting that white privilege helps you is really just congratulating yourself” (article + embedded video) How naming privilege alone can do very little to dismantle institutional racism and even support the white supremacist narrative.


“The Paradox of Effort” (article) The high health cost of self-control among marginalized folks along race and class lines.


“Faced With Firing, Wheaton Professor Stands By Her Gesture of Solidarity” (audio interview and short blurb) Short interview with the Christian professor who lost her job for wearing a hijab to work.

“Pope Washes Feet of Muslim Migrants” (article + embedded video) Another act of religious, ethnic, and racial solidarity.

“The Great Famine: Donegal Choctaw keeps Ireland link alive” (article) Trans-atlantic solidarity between two cultures that survived colonization.

“Rural White Folks Need to Speak Out About Racism in our Communities” (editorial) What white solidarity might look like.

“Georgia Prisoners End Protest, But Continue Demands” (article) How solidarity helped coordinate the biggest prison strike in the U.S.

“Gamun-Pyul” (audio) How one teenager moves from stereotyping, to falling in love with another culture, to understanding solidarity.

“Falling in Solidarity” (video, below) A different view expressed through poetry:

Elana Stanger on how white people trade their creativity and soul to get a label of whiteness.

Elana Stanger on “White Entitlement”