The African American History Museum created tools to have serious discussions about race
In these times of racial injustice and racism, it is more important than ever not to be quiet and be a bystander. We need more people to stand up and call out injustices. But to do this effectively, you need tools and education.
The National Museum of African American History & Culture has created a comprehensive web portal called Talking About Race. The portal is designed to be used by students, parents, activists, educators and individuals who care about these issues.
From the press release
The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.
A rash of racially charged incidents—from an altercation in Central Park to acts of police brutality resulting in the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the protests they provoked in cities around the country—prompted the Museum to move up the release date of Talking About Race. By releasing the new portal today, the Museum aims to help individuals and communities foster constructive discussions on one of the nation’s most challenging topics: racism, and its corrosive impact.
“The portal offers a wealth of resources to inform and guide discussions—videos, role-playing exercises, targeted questions and more, said Crew.” “We hope that people will use this site to become more comfortable about engaging in honest dialogue and self-reflection.”
Talking About Race builds upon decades of work by the museum’s educators. It is the result of extensive research, studies, consultations, and educational resources from these fields: history, education, psychology and human development. It includes published research from leading experts, activists, historians, and thought leaders on race, equity, and inclusion, including Brené Brown, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Robin DiAngelo, Julie Olsen Edwards, Jerry Kang, Ibram X Kendi, Enid Lee, Audre Lorde, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Tim Wise.
Phase one of the portal features eight foundational subjects including:
- Being Anti-Racist: a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily.
- Bias: the inclination or prejudice toward or against something or someone.
- Community Building: connecting and engaging with others doing anti-racism work and exploring issues of race.
- Historical Foundations of Race: how race, white privilege, and anti-blackness are woven into the very fabric of American society.
- Race and Racial Identity: how societies use race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression.
- Self-Care: caring for one’s mental, emotional, and physical health to sustain the work of dismantling racism.
- Social Identities and Systems of Oppression: systems built around the ideology that some groups are superior to others.
- Whiteness: an ideology that reinforces power at the expense of others.