The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color (VIDEO)

By cataloging every conceivable human skin tone, Angélica Dass illustrates that skin color and race are more complex than they might appear at first glance. Angélica Dass Artist and Photographer Angélica Dass’s photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project,[…]

Machine Bias

Bernard Parker, left, was rated high risk; Dylan Fugett was rated low risk. (Josh Ritchie for ProPublica) There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks. By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner / 05.23.2016 On a spring afternoon in 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to[…]

Cross-cultural Research, Evolutionary Psychology, and Racialism: Problems and Prospects By Dr. John P. Jackson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Roy R. Charles Center for Academic Excellence College of William and Mary Abstract Philosophers defending evolutionary/cognitive accounts of racialism argue that cross-cultural psychological research has discovered similar patterns of racial reasoning around the globe. Such research, they hold, simultaneously supports the existence of an underlying[…]

An Artist’s Unflinching Look at Racial Violence (VIDEO)

Sanford Biggers creates art that upends traditional narratives about topics ranging from hip hop to Buddhism to American history. Sanford Biggers Conceptual Artist Conceptual artist and TED Fellow Sanford Biggers uses painting, sculpture, video and performance to spark challenging conversations about the history and trauma of black America. Join him as he details two compelling[…]

5 Japanese-American Women Activists Left Out of U.S. History Books

A herstory lesson about five women whose World War II internment inspired them to action. By Nina Wallace / 04.27.2016 This article was adapted from a previous version published by Densho. From African American activists critical to the 1963 March on Washington to the Japanese American women among the 120,000 wrongly imprisoned by a panic-stricken and—let’s[…]

Mob Economics and Lynching Narratives

By Dr. Jason Morgan Ward Associate Professor of History Mississippi State University African American Intellectual History Society On May 5, 1919, an estimated 2,500 attendees descended on New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the National Conference on Lynching. Organized by the NAACP, the gathering was interracial, interregional, and bipartisan—speakers included 1916 Republican presidential nominee Charles[…]

Gateway to Inclusion

Courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development St. Louis’ notorious Pruitt-Igoe housing project was demolished less than two decades after it was built. This week, the GSD hosts urban planners and others from St. Louis to discuss how such design failures marginalized African-Americans. St. Louis planners and activists talk to one another, ponder[…]

African-American Student Assaults White Student for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ (VIDEO)

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.30.2016: An African-American college student employee at San Francisco State University, Bonita Tindle, harassed and physically assaulted a white student, Cory Goldstein, for “cultural appropriation” because he had dreadlocks. See video from Nicholas Silvera: Goldstein has declined to file charges against Tindle, as has the person operating the phone camera[…]