Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Martin Luther King Jr
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack | pdf
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin J DiAngelo
UB Forum 7-14-2020: Why Racial Equity and Anti-Racism?
Buffalo Center for Health Equity
The Buffalo Center for Health Equity will eliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region.
The Center will use policy analysis, research, assessment, and evaluation, advocacy, community engagement and education, and program development and implementation to eliminate these inequities. It will work collaboratively with community members and organizations as well as the public and faith-based sectors to advance this multi-level agenda.
The work will focus primarily in the 14204, 14206, 14211, 14212, 14215 zip codes where African Americans are dying at three times the rate as their white counterparts. The health inequities affecting Buffalonians, like in many American cities are the downstream effect of failing schools, high unemployment, low property values, poor access to public transportation, absence of grocery stores, lead contamination in homes, highway pollution, brownfields, and poor access to healthcare. These social and economic conditions are known to be the primary drivers of health.
Dr. Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College
“Feelings of oppression come from positions of privilege… equity and justice is about saving us all… book In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities…”
Pastor George Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Avenue, Buffalo NY 14209
“Must work within your own sphere of influence to promote equity and foster change… I believe that reasonable, moral people can create a better system…”
Professor Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.
Tim Murphy MD
Eye-opening reading – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414/ Main thesis of White Fragility – white people, even white “progressives”, are all inherently racist because of the families, institutions, and society we’re born into and grow up in, self-awareness is the first step to meaningful change
BECPL purchasing latest edition (2018) of this: ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me,’ And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon https://www.npr.org/2018/08/09/634991713/lies-my-teacher-told-me-and-how-american-history-can-be-used-as-a-weapon
Social determinants of health per healthypeople.gov (amazing how root cause of most is racism):
Availability of resources to meet daily needs (e.g., safe housing and local food markets)
Access to educational, economic, and job opportunities
Access to health care services
Quality of education and job training
Availability of community-based resources in support of community living and opportunities for recreational and leisure-time activities
Social norms and attitudes (e.g., discrimination, racism, and distrust of government)
Exposure to crime, violence, and social disorder (e.g., presence of trash and lack of cooperation in a community)
Socioeconomic conditions (e.g., concentrated poverty and the stressful conditions that accompany it)
Access to mass media and emerging technologies (e.g., cell phones, the Internet, and social media)
Also from healthypeople.gov, similar (rooted in racism) with physical determinants of health:
Natural environment, such as green space (e.g., trees and grass) or weather (e.g., climate change)
Built environment, such as buildings, sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads
Worksites, schools, and recreational settings
Housing and community design
Exposure to toxic substances and other physical hazards
Physical barriers, especially for people with disabilities
Aesthetic elements (e.g., good lighting, trees, and benches)
Need fewer “meetings” and more “doings” (like this conference, a wonderful call to action for each of us, within our spheres of influence, and joining others within theirs). Please support naming of Utica Street rail station after Robert T. Coles, its architect: https://stallseniormedical.formstack.com/forms/petition_to_name_utica_street_rail_station_in_honor_and_memory_of_robert_t_coles
Unpacking White Privilege:
At UBSSW our students created a list of resources and action items that might be useful for others:
Here is an article that addresses the recommendations [for Buffalo police reform] made in early June. A list of them is at the end of the article:
Here’s the brilliant scholar & political theorist Fred Moten on ‘allies and coalitions’: “Yeah, well, the ones who happily claim and embrace their own sense of themselves as privileged ain’t my primary concern. I don’t worry about them first. But, I would love it if they got to the point where they had the capacity to worry about themselves. Because then maybe we could talk…The problematic of coalition…isn’t something that emerges so that you can come help me, a maneuver that always gets traced back to your own interests. The coalition emerges out of your recognition that it’s fucked up for you, in the same way that we’ve already recognized that it’s fucked up for us. I don’t need your help. I just need you to recognize that this shit is killing you, too, however much more softly, you stupid m********, you know?”