Racial Justice and Understanding Whiteness

This is not a comprehensive list. If you would like additional resources, or if you would like us to add resources, please contact FAIR/Social Justice at Lyndon or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Johnson.

Vermont-based Organizations and Information

Anti-racism Resources available through the NVU Center for Teaching and Learning.

NVU Spring 2021 Lecture Series featuring Xusana Davis, VT Executive Director of Racial Equity.

Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington – "Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington (BLMGB) is an unofficial chapter of the national and global #BlackLivesMatter movement. Greater Burlington is loosely defined as north to Milton, east to Jericho, south to Richmond, and west to Burlington. Our Vision: To see the greater Burlington area transformed into a place where all Black people thrive bodily, socially, and economically."  

Black Lives Matter Vermont – "We endeavor to support the strategic eradication of systemic racism through advocacy and support of historically underrepresented people groups."

Migrant Justice – "Our mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. We gather the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions."

The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation – "The mission of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation is to strengthen our government; to build our community, and ensure sustainability; to protect our customs and traditions; and to continue to promote our culture and celebrate our heritage while sharing it with those around us."

SURJ/Showing Up for Racial Justice/Upper Valley – "SURJ Upper Valley VT/NH is a local chapter of the national SURJ network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability."

SURJ/Central Vermont – "Central Vermont SURJ is organizing Vermonters for racial justice in Central Vermont, statewide and across the U.S."

Community Voices for Immigrant Rights – "Community Voices for Immigrant Rights is a grassroots community organization based in Burlington, VT working to fight for immigrant rights in support of and collaboration with immigrant-led groups."

Asian American Experiences in Vermont 2021 video presentation – Featuring panelists: Puja Gupta Senning, (she/her) is a 1.5 generation, Indian American, psychotherapist, woman, mother, and Vermonter.  Courtney 'Coco' Casper (she/they) is a queer cisgender first-generation Indian-American social worker, changemaker, and training psychotherapist. Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon (he/him/his) is a second-generation Korean American diversity, equity, and inclusion higher education administrator, consultant, and doctoral candidate.

Additional VT-Based Racial Justice Organizations

Nation-wide Organizations and Resources 

Racial Equity Tools Glossary – Not sure what certain terms mean? Not sure what language to use? This resource provides definitions and explanations of many race-related terms.

Embrace Race – EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed to meet the challenges faced by those raising children in a world where race matters.

United We Dream – The largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. They create welcoming spaces for young people, regardless of immigrant status, to support, engage, and empower them to make their voices heard.

An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States – The first history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. An audiobook version is available through the NVU libraries.
 
Colorlines – A daily news site where race matters – featuring award-winning, in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion, and curation.

Other and Belonging Institute – Located at UC Berkeley, the Institute brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change.

What is “Critical Race Theory”? 

Understanding Whiteness

What is White Privilege? 

What is White Supremacy? 

  • Short definition:  The belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.
  • More complex definition: A system of economic and social exploitation, domination, and marginalization of those constructed as “people of color” (or those other than “white”).

    It is held in place by militarization and other forms of violence including the poverty the systems create.  It depends on a hierarchy of “race” that constructs those defined as “black” as the bottom; those defined as “white” at the top; those who are indigenous as disappeared; other people of color as dangerous, expendable and/or foreign; and white people who challenge the system as fanatics or traitors.

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A Conversation with White People About Race