Welcome to Week 3! This week we turn to learn about important current issues and ways we can take action: from addressing our own implicit biases, to being upstanders against microaggressions, advocating for criminal justice reform, and helping to make the ivory tower of academia more inclusive and equitable for all.
Each day features a selection of recommended activities and probing questions to Read, Watch, Listen and Engage with. You don't have to do every one, but we encourage you to select at least 2. We also encourage you to take time to journal your reflections each day in response to the question prompts or recommended activities you choose.
The end of this week concludes the 21-Day version of this challenge. If you or your group are stopping at 21 days jump to the Moving Forward section for some questions and resources to help you reflect on this challenge and next steps to continue your journey.
For those doing the full 30-Day challenge, continue on to Week 4 and check out this week's resources for Further Learning if you want to go deeper on any of these topics.
"Don't Talk About Implicit Bias Without Talking About Structural Racism" by Kathleen Osta and Hugh Vasquez piece from the National Equity Project (12 min)
“Check Your Bias to Wreck Your Bias” from The New York Times (3 min)
"We all have bias" a short video from john a. powell (1 min)
"The Mind of the Village" from Hidden Brain that discusses how implicit bias is forged (52 min)
Take and Implicit Bias test like this one from Harvard or this one from Project Implicit. Were your results surprising at all? In what ways can you more consciously combat your implicit biases now that you are more aware of them?
Explore this presentation on Confronting Implicit Bias from Change Works
"Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets, White Allies and Bystanders" from faculty at the Columbia University Teachers College (12 min)
"If Microaggressions Happened to White People" from MTV News Decoded (3 min)
"No. You Cannot Touch My Hair!" a TEDx Talk from Mena Fombo (16 min)
"Microaggressions are a big deal: How to talk them out and when to walk away" from NPR’s Life Kit podcast (21 min)
"Where Are You Really From?" from NPR's Code Switch podcast (38 min)
Have you ever experienced a microaggression related to an aspect of your identity? If so, how did it make you feel? How would you feel if you experienced similar microaggressions on a more frequent and regular basis?
Explore this slide presentation from NSDDC. Consider the different kinds of microaggressions such as micro-assaults, micro-insults and micro-invalidations. Can you think of examples for each? Consider the concept of impact versus intent.
Based on what you have read, watched, listened and engaged with today, how might you intercede when you witness microaggressions? How might you use microinterventions and microaffirmations to create a more inclusive environment in your work, your family, in your community?
"A traffic jam in Atlanta would seem to have nothing to do with slavery, but look closer..." by Kevin M. Kruse for The New York Times Magazine (6 min)
"History of Redlining in Boston" by Stephanie Leydon for GBH (5 min)
"Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History" from Code Switch and NPR (7 min)
NPR interview with Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin on "Undoing the American Residential Caste System" (24 min)
Listen to "A Brief History of Redlining" from Stuff You Missed in History Class (25 min)
Explore the library resource PolicyMap and compare with Historical Redlining Maps (HOLC Interactive Maps) or maps from Mapping Prejudice. What do you notice about the distribution of racial minorities? Low-income housing? Health disparities? Unemployment?
Explore the virtual exhibit Undesign the Redline
"Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth" from ProPublica's Nina Martin and NPR's Renee Montagne (40 min)
STAT News Special Report "20 years ago, a landmark report spotlighted systemic racism in medicine. Why has so little changed?" (14 min)
David R. Williams' TEDMED Talk "How racism makes us sick" (17 min)
Dorothy Roberts' TEDMED Talk "The problem with race-based medicine" (15 min)
"Destined to Be" a StoryCorps interview about Black maternal health (3 min)
"The United States' Pre-existing Conditions" from NPR's Code Switch (24 min)
Explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture interactive digital exhibit Racism Is Bad For Your Health
Explore Racial Equity Tools resources for Health and Healthcare
Explore the Living Room Conversations guide for Healthcare
"Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal justice system" by Bryan Stevenson for The New York Times Magazine (7 min)
ProPublica's reporting on "Machine Bias" and how AI algorithms lead to bias in bail and sentencing (22 min)
"Slavery to Mass Incarceration" from Equal Justice Initiative (6 min)
"The Racist Origins of US Law" from PBS' Origin of Everything (13 min)
WNYC’s The United States of Anxiety "Do We Need the Police At All" (49 min)
Be Antiracist's "Prison and Police Abolition: Finding True Safety" (49 min)
What do you believe should be the goals of law enforcement? What should be the goals of the criminal justice system? To prevent crime? Punish crime? Consider alternatives to our current policing, judicial and carceral systems. Are any of these options you would like to see incorporated into your community?
American Family Physician editorial "Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Medicine" (4 min)
"Dear White People" from the Annals of Family Medicine (6 min)
“From Diversity and Inclusion to Antiracism in Medical Training Institutions” from Academic Medicine (13 min)
“On Diversity: Access Ain't Inclusion” TEDxCambridge Talk by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack (13 min)
"Campus Matters: Achieving Racial Equity on Campus" from The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum (15 min)
AFP Podcast episode 12 "Dear White People" (11 min) or episode 13 which discusses how to break down barriers to increase diversity among admitted medical students and the need for anti-racist community building (44 min)
"Ratchet Academics" a Pod Save the People conversation with Christopher Emdin (68 min)
Follow the social media hashtags #BlackInTheIvory #BlackInSTEM #URM #DEI #MGWL #RepresentationMatters #HealthEquity or #HealthJustice as well as accounts like @sacnas @NationalMedAssn @ABRCMS @_Abfmp @Disabled_Docs @PrjDiversifyMed @Tour4Diversity @ProjectShort @natlwc4bl or @BlackWomenSTEM. Did following these accounts lead you discover other diverse accounts to follow? How might following more diverse voices change your social media experience? How might it change your perspectives in your work? What issues and experiences have been highlighted by these accounts and hashtags? How can you help to address these issues within the scope of your work?
"9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive" by Sam Dylan Finch (10 min)
"Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement - Here's What You've Missed" by Ijeoma Oluo (11 min)
"Bridging Divisions" a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi and Malcom Gladwell on the Be Antiracist Podcast (27 min)
Listen to "An Anti-Racism Refresher" from The WNYC Studio's podcast The United States of Anxiety (54 min)
How have racist ideas impacted your daily life? Consider policies in healthcare, housing and criminal justice that we have explored this week and last. Look up some policies related to these domains here in Massachusetts. Do you think there are any groups who tend to get the best treatment? Any who get the worst? Did you discover any ways that bias might be hidden in these policies? How can you use that awareness to support anti-racism efforts?