Kellogg Foundation Launches ‘America Healing’ $75M Initiative Against Structural Racism

In an unprecedented effort to address the devastating impact of racial inequities on communities across the country, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation today launched a five-year, $75 million initiative – America Healing – that aims to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and their families by promoting racial healing and eliminating barriers to opportunities. http://www.americahealing.org I … Continue reading Kellogg Foundation Launches ‘America Healing’ $75M Initiative Against Structural Racism

Of race, of belonging, and of breaking barriers big and small: Why I mourn the loss of Michael Jackson

This post was written by Susan Serrano, our research director here at EJS from 2001-2005. Susan is now the Director of Educational Development, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law. Over the last few days, I’ve searched my heart and mind … Continue reading Of race, of belonging, and of breaking barriers big and small: Why I mourn the loss of Michael Jackson

Race and Popular Culture: “Top Chef and the Black/Non-Black Divide”

I stumbled upon an intriguing June 7 post by Tamara K. Nopper, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. She discusses the racial dynamics of the popular reality TV show Top Chef on the cable network Bravo.  How the entertainment industry deals with race is an element of our communications strategy … Continue reading Race and Popular Culture: “Top Chef and the Black/Non-Black Divide”

Kellogg Foundation Awards Equal Justice Society Three-Year Grant

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Equal Justice Society (EJS) a $1 million, three-year grant to support the organization's ongoing efforts to address structural racial inequities, restore equal protection jurisprudence and help build a public platform - a "Grand Alliance" - for the racial justice advocacy movement. EJS is a national strategy group heightening … Continue reading Kellogg Foundation Awards Equal Justice Society Three-Year Grant

New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched this week by … Continue reading New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched this week by … Continue reading New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

How the Amazon ‘Glitch’ Relates to Structural Discrimination and Racism

Technologist Mary Hodder discussed yesterday on the blog TechCrunch the ethical issues related to the Amazon 'glitch' that removed the rankings of gay content made me think about analogies between the technical causes of the glitch and how unconscious bias can fuel structural racism. Background on the Amazon ‘glitch’ issue from Wikipedia (edited): Users on … Continue reading How the Amazon ‘Glitch’ Relates to Structural Discrimination and Racism

Calif. Appellate Court Upholds Promoting Diversity in Schools

Yesterday marked an important victory for advocates of school diversity and equal opportunity. A California Court of Appeals ruled that Berkeley Unified School District’s policy of taking neighborhood demographics into account when making school assignments is not discriminatory as alleged by challengers. The Court concluded that the District’s plan “does not show partiality, prejudice or … Continue reading Calif. Appellate Court Upholds Promoting Diversity in Schools