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2015 Retreat Homework

Priority #1

Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) which is a tool for uncovering unconscious bias (estimated time to complete: 8 minutes). Studied in a number of settings, the work associated with this took is the topic of the book: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.  Please go to the Implicit Association Website and follow these steps:
1. Read the "Preliminary Information" and at the bottom of the page click "I wish to proceed."
2. Choose the "Race IAT" from the left menu.
3. Take the test.

Priority #2:

Read NYTimes article "Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?" written by Nicholas Kristof and take associated test (estimated time to complete: 15 minutes).  This article begins with a reference to the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO, police officer and then explores the consequences of unconscious bias on decisions made by police, physicians, school administrators that result in more adverse consequences for black and Hispanics than for whites.  A University of Colorado faculty member has created a video demonstration of bias facing police officers; this article provides a link to this demo for participants to try.

Priority #3:

Read Atlantic Monthly article "The Case for Reparations" written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (estimated time to complete: 30 minutes). This article is an extraordinarily well researched piece of the history of economic discrimination and predatory housing/lending policies that have led to persistent economic and geographic segregation of blacks and whites. The author uses the city of Chicago as an exemplar, with interactive graphics that tell a compelling story. It is worth the read for the evidence presented, even if you disagree with the conclusions.

Priority #4:

Review the Racial Equity Tools Glossary and review the following definitions:

1. Ally

2. Critical Race Theory

3. Intersectionality

4. Internalized Racism

5. Movement Building

6. Privilege

7. Racial Equity

8. Structural Racism