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White Supremacy Culture Resources

Resources to sharpen our racial analysis and deepen our understanding of White Supremacy Culture.
Published: 12/2020

Background

NEA has a vision for a for every student. We know that institutional and structural racism are barriers to achieving our vision. We will leverage the power and collective voice or our members to end the systemic patterns of racial inequity and
injustice that affect our Association, schools, students and education communities.

White Supremacy Culture is a form of racism centered upon the belief that white people are superior to people of other racial backgrounds and that whites should politically, economically, and socially dominate non-whites. While often associated with violence perpetrated by the KKK and other white supremacist groups, it also describes a political ideology and systemic oppression that perpetuates and maintains the social, political, historical and/or industrial white domination.


White Supremacy Culture - a form of racism centered upon the belief that white people are superior to people of other racial backgrounds and that whites should politically, economically, and socially dominate non-whites. 


Characteristics of white supremacy that manifest in organizational culture, and are used as norms and standards without being proactively named or chosen by the full group. The characteristics are damaging to both people of color and white people in that they elevate the values, preferences, and experiences of one racial group above all others. Organizations that are led by people of color or have a majority of people of color can also demonstrate characteristics of White Supremacy Culture.

White privilege is set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others. White privilege can exist without white people's conscious knowledge of its presence and it helps to maintain the racial hierarchy in this country.

White fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.

Resources and Tools

  • Racial Justice - NEA EdJustice: Our education system while intended to uphold equal opportunity, often also entrenches disparities by its sheer design. In July 2015, the NEA passed a resolution to challenge ourselves — 3 million of our nation’s educators — to discuss and fight institutional racism in our schools. We are engaging our members to dialogue and look through a clearer lens when examining policy and practice in our school systems and our communities.
  • Racial Justice Resources: Justice for Black Lives - NEA EdJustice: Recent events in our nation have once again put a spotlight on a long legacy of racism, violence and white supremacy in our communities. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities of color, the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor have highlighted an inherently broken system and illustrated how deep injustice runs through our health, income, housing, education and policing systems.
  • Moving the Race Conversation Forward - Race Forward: "Moving the Race Conversation Forward" is a report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country.
  • Learning for Justice - Southern Poverty Law Center: Lesson plans on a wide variety of social justice issues specifically focused on tolerance.
  • Facing History and Ourselves - FHAO works with teachers, students, and communities everywhere, through online professional development, international events, and our free library of classroom resources. The history of race in America encompasses questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship.
  • Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit - Western States Center: Americans across the country report a rise in white nationalism and other bigoted extremism. Because schools are hubs of our communities, they have become battlegrounds for extremist organizing and recruitment sites for white nationalist groups targeting young people.
  • White Supremacy & Anti-Blackness: A Covert & Overt Beast - Beloved Community: Displays a pyramid that describes all of the ways that white supremacy moves, and especially takes stock of the covert ways.
  • Racial Equity Tools - This website has hundreds of resources on race, including fundamentals, planning, action, evaluation, and curricula. 
  • Dismantling Racism Works - dRworks offers support for organizations doing movement building work in order to sharpen their anti-racist approach.

Books and Articles

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor - Layla Saad
  • State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States Moon-Kie Jung, João H. Costa Vargas& Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Editors)
  • White by Law - Ian Haney López    
  • White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism - Paula J. Rothenberg
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo

 

Videos

  • Ending White Supremacy Requires White People To Realize Black Liberation Isn't A 'Zero Sum Game
  • Let's Talk About White Supremacy Culture
  • White Privilege
  •  A Conversation With White People On Race
  • Debunking The Most Common Myths White People Tell About Race

 

Partner Organizations

  • Color of Change - Color of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights - Ella Baker Center for Human Rights builds the power of black, brown, and poor people to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.
  • Equal Justice Initiative - EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society
  • Kirwin Institute - Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works to deepen understanding of the causes of and solutions to racial and ethnic disparities worldwide and to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people.
  • Race Forward - Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of local government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.
  • Re-Center - Founded in 1992, RE·Center Race & Equity in Education uses its core strengths to eliminate the root causes of racism and oppression in K-12 education.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center - The SPLC monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.
  • Western States Center - Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy so all people can live, love, worship and work free from fear.

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