Figuring Out If Racism Can Be Stopped in the Third Grade

“…but at base the school hopes to initiate what it calls “authentic” conversations about race, which researchers suggest may actually have been inhibited by liberal values for decades. Under the spell of color-blindness, previous generations have tended to avoid race as a subject, hushing their children when they refer to playground playmates as “brown,” believing that by not acknowledging race in public they were enacting a desire for equality for all. In fact, in the academic literature, “color-blindness” now refers to the reluctance to address race, not the ideal of casual intermingling.

For advocates of a new approach, that reluctance can be devastating — a refusal to acknowledge the full humanity of others.”

via Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade? — Science of Us.

Stories about African American philanthropists are important

In this TEDxCharlotte Talk, writer, Valaida Fullwood and photographer, Charles Thomas explain how the creation of their book, Giving Back, helped to re-frame portraits of philanthropists. Since publication in 2011, the book was named 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.”


Have you read Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, yet?


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Misconceptions About Wealth Inequality in America

Think you know how wealth is distributed in America? Think again.

A YouTube video that went viral a few weeks ago reminds us that our  perceptions of who has money and how much they have is quite skewed.

Ford Foundation Archives Reveal Rare Correspondence With James Baldwin

What if one of the earliest American foundation archives were made public and open to scholarly examination? Well, that is exactly what has happened with the Ford Foundation’s archives and I couldn’t be happier. 12,000 reels of microfilm containing grant applications, papers, reports, and related documents will be available at the Rockefeller Archive Center. I understand that such an endeavor is not possible for all foundations, but making such information public, provides an opportunity for current grant makers and aspiring philanthropists to learn from the past. For example, W. McNeil Lowry’s correspondence with James Baldwin in 1959 reveals much about the Foundation’s support for culture and the development of the arts.

“It is based on my arbitrary assumption all novels are based on arbitrary assumptions that the two most profound realities the American has to deal with are color and sex. Stated that way, it sounds very bald, but I have worked very hard to ‘entertain,’ as ‘the reader’ and to tell the truth.”

Baldwin, in the midst of completing a novel titled “Another Country,” shared a progressive and critical view of America at the time, yet the Foundation supported his work. I wonder how many artists today can say they are eligible for unconditional funding regardless of the subject of their work?

via Ford Foundation Records Move to Rockefeller Archive Center –