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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Racism and stereotyping in the news

Racism and stereotyping have been hot-button issues in the news and subjects of several recent Stowe Center programs, including our 2013 Stowe Prize public program Human Rights in the 21st Century  featuring Michelle Alexander (author of The New Jim Crow), and July What Can You Do To Fight Intolerance? workshop with Dr. Bill Howe. Below are some articles and resources around these topics. What do they say about the state of human rights, equality and racism in our country? Click on the article title or image to read the articles/stories.

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast
"America Isn't Colorblind: We Need to Talk About Racism"
by Errol Louis
Zimmerman Verdict
Americans usually avoid talking about racism publicly until it’s unavoidable. It’s time to stop being afraid that we’ll offend someone and have a blunt, rational discussion, writes Errol Louis.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast
"Derek Black, the Reluctant Racist, and His Exit From White Nationalism"
by Caitlin Dickson
Derek Black
His father founded the white-supremacy forum Stormfront. His mother was once married to David Duke. Derek Black was born to lead the white-power movement—until he defected.

Facing History and Ourselves
"How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do"
by Claude Steele

Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education and social psychologist Claude Steele describes the effects of stereotype threat in our daily lives and on our performance on cognitive tests. 

The New York Times
"Profiling Obama"
by Bill Keller

For much of his public life, Barack Obama has been navigating between people who think he is too black and people who think he is not black enough.

New York Magazine
"Questlove: Tayvon Martin and I..."
by Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Questlove==SPIKE TV'S 2013 GUYS CHOICE AWARDS==Sony Studios, Culver City, CA==June 08, 2013.
The following essay is an adaptation of a Facebook post by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Questlove is the drummer for the Roots and the bandleader on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. 

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