The school year is over, but the summer ahead offers families opportunities to continue fruitful conversations about race, difference, and the current protests. This article from National Geographic offers general suggestions. The resources below might serve as prompts for discussions of more specific topics.



Race

"What is this thing we call race? Where did the idea come from? The documentary series Race: The Power of an Illusion compels viewers to examine some of their most fundamental beliefs about concepts of race." Here are some of the series’ key takeaways.

Race, ethnicity, nationality… What is the difference? This video, by Elana Pipes, explains.

These short videos, from The New York Times, explore identity from a range of perspectives.
 

Implicit Bias

Who Me? Biased? is a selection of short films from Public Broadcasting Service and The New York Times that explain how our brains sort information and how that impacts us in ways that we may not realize. The first two videos in the series, "Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism" and "Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias," explain the concept of implicit bias and offer ways to disrupt the biases we all carry.
 

Ordinary Privilege

Last summer, the Lawrenceville Faculty read The Person You Mean to Be, by Dr. Dolly Chugh, professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In this article, published by the Harvard Business Review, Chugh explains clearly how each of us enjoys privileges in areas of our lives and how each of us can use the privileges we enjoy to help others.
 

White Privilege

While individual people of all races experience privilege in some aspect of their lives, whiteness confers a particular kind of privilege in the United States. In this video, Dr. Robin DiAngelo, a professor at the University of Washington and author of the bestselling White Fragility, deconstructs white privilege - its origins and power.
 

Colorblindness

Why do we need to talk about race? And why do we need to be attuned to racial differences? In this TED talk, Executive Melody Hobson persuades us to be color brave rather than colorblind.
 

Media Literacy

What are the pros and cons of using social media to report on and understand fast moving stories? This video from Facing History and Ourselves offers some guidance.

These two handouts, from the Newseum, offer guidance on how to read news sources critically.

ESCAPE Junk News (from NewseumED)

Is This Share Worthy?
 

Black Lives Matter in Historical Context

The Choices Program at Brown University has constructed this interactive, multimedia timeline to illustrate ways in which the Black Lives Matter movement grows out of and continues the aims of the Civil Rights Movement.
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