NOTE: the resources below were developed in the USA, but the general principles can be translated to other countries.
And, if anyone is aware of similar resources from other parts of the world, please let me know.
Harvard implicit bias test
Project Implicit is a long-term research project based at Harvard University that aims to measure people’s preferences for certain social groups over others.
You can take tests in relation to race, gender, body size and so on at
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades.
This justification, which she calls “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 outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.
Deep Diversity, Overcoming Us vs. Them
by Shakil Choudhury 2015
Chapter 5 Power: The Dividing Force
“Social hierarchies exist in all nations, creating inequality and serving as the source of most forms of intergroup conflict.
… social dominance theory states that a dominant group exists in each society. The group receives privilege based on a relatively arbitrary value such as race, ethnicity, clan or caste due to historical, economic and political reasons specific to that context. There is no innate or natural reason for such dominance to occur – no one social group is more capable or deserving than another. …
Usually a group at the top of the power pyramid is granted automatic privilege – unearned higher status based on their group identity. All other groups – usually defined by a ‘minority’ status – exist in a hierarchical order below and experience a greater or lesser degree of marginalization.
… [researchers have found] a variety of ways in which hierarchies are supported in our society, including the following:
- individual acts of discrimination
- institutional discrimination
- psychological distortions
- self-destructive behaviours
- cultural myths”
White Awake: Waking ourselves for the benefit of all
Life is a beautiful thing. It should be enjoyed, protected, and nurtured. Unfortunately, we find ourselves living through a time when the cultivation of beauty and peace is thwarted by greed and delusion. Oppressive forces are emboldened, and already marginalized communities are facing increased attack. Standing up to these forces, dismantling an exploitative system, and building a life sustaining society will take millions of people, from all walks of life, organizing ourselves and acting in concrete, powerful ways. In this context, popular education helps masses of people build a common frame of reference and engage in spiritual, emotional, and cultural transformation such that we do not replicate the harmful systems we aim to replace.
White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege (WAIC UP!):
A Dharma and Racism Study Program
Offered by Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader 5 participants to Sanghas everywhere.
Originally developed for CDL5 in 2015/2016. This version adapted July, 2016.
As with all forms of suffering, the Dharma offers enormous gifts to meet the ongoing reality of racial suffering. This is no less true for members of the white majority who participate, often unconsciously, in racial harm. The white person’s version of racial suffering is complex and potentially difficult to name, bound as it is in denial, guilt, hatred (even self-hatred) and overwhelm. Dharma practice affords the opportunity to turn towards this suffering and with mindful, loving attention, investigate deeply, dispel our ignorance, allow our hearts to break, and learn to respond with wisdom and compassion.
Insight Meditation Society diversity resources
Recommended reading, talks, films, and websites
Podcast: Seeing White
A 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works.