While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues. Rethink your bias at http://www.lovehasnolabels.com
In need of some new reading to spur your mind? Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate oneself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture!
Please feel free to share this with anyone who you feel might benefit. Special thanks you to Tracie of Emory University.
- The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- Angela Y. Davis – Are Prisons Obsolete?
- Angela Y. Davis – Race, Women, and Class
- The Communist Manifesto – Marx and Engels
- Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf
- Feminism is for Everybody – bell hooks
- Faces at the Bottom of the Well – Derrick Bell
- I am Your Sister – Audre Lorde
- Black Feminist Thought-Patricia Hill Collins
- Gender Trouble – Judith Butler
- Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
- Medical Apartheid – Harriet Washington
- Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory – edited by Michael Warner
- Colonialism/Postcolonialism – Ania Loomba
- Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault
- The Gloria Anzaldua Reader
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa
- What is Cultural Studies? – John Storey
- Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
- The Disability Studies Reader
December 7, 2012 | by Jamie Utt
I once published a piece about white privilege, and my white friend’s dad lost it. He read it and immediately called his son at work and asked him, “What are you doing right now?”
My friend replied, “Working, why?” My friend worked as a carpet cleaner, backbreaking labor for sure.
“Well, Jamie says you’re privileged. Do you feel privileged right now as you bust your a*s to feed your family?”
“Are you kidding me?!? Screw him! I’ve never had anything handed to me!”
And so the story goes.
How many times have you tried to discuss privilege with someone who is well-meaning but who has no sense of their own privilege and gotten a similar result?
What is “identity privilege?”: Any unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of their identity. Examples of aspects of identity that can afford privilege: Race, Religion, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Class/Wealth, Ability, or Citizenship Status
After a while, my friend brought up my blog post that pissed off him and his dad so much, and we discussed it.
It didn’t go well. He immediately got defensive, and the conversation ended in anger.
As I reflected upon our talk, I took stock of some of the tools I have been given over the years from my diversity work to make this conversation more accessible and less hostile.
I decided to try again, so I reached out to my friend. The second conversation was tense at times, as any conversation about privilege can be.
But this time it went really well, and I think it did because I worked hard to change the tone of the conversation.
Afterward, I couldn’t help but think, “I need to share these tools!!!” Thus, whether you’re trying to talk male privilege with your dad, white privilege with someone on the bus, or right-handed privilege with your golfing buddy, here are a few things to consider before jumping into the conversation:
The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of
By NATALIE ANGIER
Published: March 26, 2012
Emmy Noether’s theorem united two pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation.
Albert Einstein called her the most “significant” and “creative” female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex. She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation. Some consider Noether’s theorem, as it is now called, as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity; it undergirds much of today’s vanguard research in physics, including the hunt for the almighty Higgs boson. Yet Noether herself remains utterly unknown, not only to the general public, but to many members of the scientific community as well.
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September 28, 2011
If it were any other campus, the idea of a bake sale inciting multiple, racially charged protests over several days might seem far-fetched. But not at the University of California at Berkeley.
For the past week, students on campus and national media outlets have been consumed with talk of an “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” put on by the College Republicans on Tuesday. The catch? The bake sale planned to charge different amounts to students of different races and gender. According to announcements circulated by group members, white males would be charged $2.00 for a cupcake, Asian/Asian-American males $1.50, Latino/Hispanic males $1.00, black males 75 cents, and Native Americans 25 cents. Females of each group would pay 25 cents less.
In reality, the group said, everyone would be allowed to pay what he or she chose. The real point to the effort was to get attention. The group’s members – who have been called racist and received threats of violence – organized the bake sale to protest a bill before Governor Jerry Brown that would grant the state’s universities the ability to consider race in the admissions process, a consideration that was outlawed by a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1996.