Resources on Historical Racism and More Links to NGOs that Support Immigrants
Stephanie Cordel, board member of mindfulness first and consultant with the social empathy center, offers resources on historical racism for us to consider and more links to NGOs.
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LONG POST WITH RESOURCES + ACTIONS, by Stephanie Cordel
As with other harmful practices that have occurred over the past year, the current family separation crisis is rooted in the dehumanization of certain people. This dehumanization occurs when mainstream society (those in power) determine that some groups belong and others don't- that some people are human and deserving, while others are not. This leads to a loss in empathy for those who are the "others" i.e. the ones that don't "belong".
In the case of the current dehumanization of immigrant families coming to the US, it is a product of "othering" minority groups that has origins in the white colonial practices that established this country.
If you are someone who is shocked by this dehumanization, I encourage you to channel some of that rage into education to better understand the origins of racism (the othering) in this country and learn about how we stop perpetuating the white superiority complex in our everyday lives.
It is an uncomfortable journey that requires deep reflection and study, but it is important to work to eradicate the dehumanization practices of this country and determine a new future.
Here is a list of ACTIONS to SUPPORT CURRENT IMMIGRATION CRISIS
Here are some HISTORICAL RACISM educational resources to consider:
--A People’s History of the United States
--The New Jim Crow
--Between the World and Me
--13th Movie (available on Netflix)
---Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Resources
Here are a couple of resources specifically related to WHITENESS:
---“White Privilege” (Peggy MacIntosh)
---“The White Racial Frame” (Joe Feigen, an abridged version of his book of the same title)