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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Black Lives Matter

How does the reporting on Black Lives Matter differ depending on the (presumed) race of the audience? Compare stories in The New Yorker with those published in Crisis and Essense.


Slave Narratives

In the 1930s, the Federal Writer’s Project set out to record the stories of the surviving Americans who had been born into slavery, which were then preserved by the Library of Congress.

Read first-person accounts of life as a slave in North Carolina.

Listen to the recordings: Library of Congress - Voices from the Days of Slavery : former slaves tell their stories. 


Business & the Role of Racial Diversity

Have you ever used Google? Then you've benefited from a racially diverse workplace : Without Immigrants We Wouldn't Have Google.

Other benefits of diverse workplaces: Racial Diversity Pays Off.


Implicit Bias

What is implicit bias? It's "the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes. . . that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control."

Find out more about what implicit bias is, and why it matters, with this F.A.Q. put together by the non-profit National Center for State Courts.

Discover your own implicit associations on a variety of subjects using Project Implicit:   

And hidden biases can play a role even when you're not face-to-face with someone: How Hidden Bias Shapes the Sharing Economy.


Racism as a Scientific Category

What does race really mean? Some scientists argue that the idea of race is socially constructed, while others believe there are genetic differences between peoples. 

A number of articles discussing the implications of race and genomics have been curated by the Social Sciences Research Council. Find them online at: .



Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, just a few weeks before the beginning of a new school year. In response, many academics urged each other to incorporate what happened in Ferguson - Brown’s death, the resulting protests – into the curriculum.

Officer Darren Wilson was not charged in Michael Brown’s death. Review his grand jury testimony, and that of eye-witnesses, here: Grand Jury Testimony, State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson.

Charles M. Blow: Constructing a Conversation on Race

The danger of a single story: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ted Talk:


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Music Resources

In response to the recent deaths of black men during encounters with the police, Jay-Z recorded ‘Spiritual’, and created the playlist ‘Songs for Survival.’

The playlist features both current songs from artists such as himself, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West; and older songs that remain relevant today from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Nina Simone.

Selected tracks include:

  1. "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue," by Curtil Mayfield
  2. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," by Gil Scott-Heron
  3. "O-o-h Child," by The Five Stairsteps
  4. "FREEDOM," by Beyonce and Kendrik Lamar

View the full Songs For Survival playlist at Tidal.

(A Tidal log-in may be required to listen to the playlist.)


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