A Primer for Racial Justice
Code Words and Vocabulary
"What I Hear When You Say Code Words." PBS.org. PBS uses interviews and video clips to examine how words matter in our discussions of how the world works especially in the context of race relations.
"Racial Equity Tools Glossary." Racial Equity Tools, "Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. Indeed, universally agreed upon language on issues relating to racism is nonexistent. We discovered that even the most frequently used words in any discussion on race can easily cause confusion, which leads to controversy and hostility. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced."
“Education Glossary Terms.” ADL.
"Glossary of Bias Terms." Washington University at St. Louis, "In order to best facilitate dialogue, the [WUSTL] Bias Report and Support team believes that it is important to share a common language of social justice terms." this page offers terms of Identity, Types of Bias, and Other Helpful Terms (like Ally, and Privilege).
Lee, Rosetta Eun Ryong. "Race and Ethnicity – What's the Difference?" PDF file. "Though there are similarities between race and ethnicity, there are also a number of differences, which demand that we examine race and ethnicity separately. Especially when working with immigrant youth of color, their examination of identity may be very nuanced and complex as they struggle to find both a racial and ethnic identity. According to research, as the number of generations increases in the family, racial identity takes on more importance than ethnic identity for multi-ethnic youth.”
The Manifestation of Microaggressions. Comments by Pedro Noguera, PBS. This is part of the PBS series of short videos "What I Hear When You Say" found here: https://www.pbs.org/whatihear/web-series/code-words/
"Microaggressions." "this project is a response to "it's not a big deal" - "it" is a big deal. "it" is in the everyday. "it" is shoved in your face when you are least expecting it. "it" happens when you expect it the most. "it" is a reminder of your difference. "it" enforces difference. "it" can be painful. "it" can be laughed off. "it" can slide unnoticed by either the speaker, listener or both. "it" can silence people. "it" reminds us of the ways in which we and people like us continue to be excluded and oppressed. "it" matters because these relate to a bigger "it": a society where social difference has systematic consequences for the "others." but "it" can create or force moments of dialogue.
This blog created by Columbia University students seeks to provide a visual representation of the everyday of "microaggressions" in a Pinterest or Padlet style format. This project was founded in 2010 and is in a state of constant revision.
Wing, Sue Derald. "Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Is subtle bias harmless?" Psychology Today, 5 Oct. 2010,. This is a long-ish but very clear explanation of the concept of "microaggressions." It is not written for K-12 readers, but is not inappropriate for them. It will be most useful to the adults in their lives.