Inequality and Racism

Rights Sites News: Racial Discrimination in the United States
Fall 2014 edition of The Advocates' human rights education newsletter dedicated to helping teachers and schools assist students in recognizing, accepting, and respecting, diversity as well as exploring ways in which prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination may be addressed.

Resources for Creating Equity in Your School and Classroom
Four great publications that can help you transform your school and classroom into an equitable, multicultural environment that is welcoming, respectful and sensitive to the needs of all students.

Lesson Plan: All About Me! Grades K-2
Students will learn about the value of diversity and respect for others.

Lesson Plan: Human Rights, Responsibility, and You Grades 6-8 
Students will learn how human rights create a reciprocal relationship in which we both have the right to be treated equally in dignity and justice and also have the responsibility to treat others this way.

Equality and Anti-Racism Book List
A compilation of books for young children and adults that specifically address issues of racism and prejudice. Also see these great articles for more tips on how to find and choose multicultural books for your classroom: "An Updated Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books" and "9 Resources for Finding Multicultural Books for Children."


Racism / Equality / Anti-Discrimination Links

All Different, All Equal
A project of the Council of Europe.  Includes curriculum to promote intercultural education.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
An organization that works to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties in court, legislatures, and communities. Priority issues include equal protection (protection against unlawful discrimination) and due process, among others.

Amnesty International - Racial Discrimination
A series of workshops for youth that raise awareness about the different forms of racial discrimination, present key rights that protect us from racial discrimination, and encourage us to contemplate different ways of facing and fighting discrimination.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
ADL is a leading provider of anti-bias education and diversity training programs that help create and sustain inclusive home, school, community, and work environments.

Anti-Racist Alliance (ARA)
Designed for individuals, educators, activists and trainers who are interested in being part of a national movement for racial justice.  With a curriculum designed to create change, ARA holds to the vision that the will of White America can be transformed for racial justice, and the transformation will take place one person at a time. It can be accomplished through organized action for reparations and racial justice.

Campaigns for the freedom of millions of people worldwide who are trapped in situations of slavery or slavery-like practices.

Artists Against Racism  
Join leading musicians, actors, authors and artists from around the world in an ambitious public education campaign, largely targeting youth, to combat racism. Check out how youth can get involved through school concerts, videos and other artistic actions and learn from the experiences of other youth.

Cultural Profiles  
Initially developed to help users gain a basic understanding of various cultures, this site offers documents providing an overview of life and customs in a profiled country.

Confronting Islamophobia
This PowerPoint by Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor John Bowen of  the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis provides a comparative analysis of Islam across the world and addresses many of the myths often associated with the  Islam

The Daughters and Sisters Project 
Here you can learn about issues that young women are facing and be inspired to better relations between genders and cultures.

Disabled Peoples' International  
An international organization working to promote the human rights and full participation of people with disabilities. Click on resources to research by subject or by region.

Facing History and Ourselves - Racism Resources
This site offers a wide variety of texts, videos, and lessons for teachers interested in the history of race and racism. Teachers will find resources that explore histories of immigration and belonging, race and civil rights, as well as connections to the Holocaust and human behavior.

Institute of Education Sciences/National Center for Education Statistics
Provides an overview and trends of persisting achievement gaps in the United States, as well as detailed reports by subject, state, and demographic group.

The Leadership Conference
An organization that works on a host of civil and human rights issues, including education, equal opportunity, housing, racial profiling, as well as many others.

Musuem of Tolerance
A human rights educational center dedicated to raising awareness about the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confronting all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world.

National Geographic Kids  
Shows a short movie about the Underground Railroad, a passage from south to north leading thousands of slaves to freedom.

Project Implict
This site has tests that measure implicit biases regarding race, skin-tone, sexuality, and gender. Created by an international group of researchers investigating new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes, and hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action.

Race Bridges for Schools
This site offers educators classroom tools to engage their students in the passion and satisfaction of working for racial justice and safe and welcoming schools.

Racial Equity Tools
This site provides support to individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity with tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Racism No Way
This site tackles racism in schools by providing teachers, school students, and parents with games, research, and lessons plans.

Racism Revealed: A Manual for Educators
This manual is for educators interested in using visual images to promote interactive discussion and critical thinking with youth about racism and discrimination.

Remembering Slavery  
Allows you to hear original recordings and dramatic readings of personal stories of living in slavery.

Students Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR)
This practical toolkit helps youth lead activities with their fellow students to raise awareness of racism and other forms of discrimination.

Teachers Against Prejudice  
A non-profit group dedicated to fighting prejudice, intolerance and bigotry through education. TAP helps teachers address issues of sensitivity and respect concerning diversity in the classroom. Provides trained professionals to teach students how to confront prejudice.

Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement
A free teaching guide for the documentary film, When the Levees Broke that promototes dialogue about race and class issues in the United States.

Teaching Tolerance
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Understanding Prejudice
This site contains a variety of classroom activities that explore prejudice, discrimination, and social justice.

Zinn Education Project
This site introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks. Includes multiples lessons on racism and racial identity.

Prison Links

Detention Watch Network
The only national coalition in the U.S. that addresses the immigration crisis head-on and helps detainees and their loved ones make their voices heard. Formed in 1997 in response to the rapid growth of the immigration detention system in the United States, DWN is a network of individuals and organizations working in support of, and in service to, immigrants in detention.

Prison Activist
Committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the criminal injustice system. They provide support for educators, activists, prisoners, and prisoners' families. This work includes building networks for action and producing materials that expose human rights violations while fundamentally challenging the rapid expansion of the prison industrial complex.