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Challenging Perceptions: Discussion Series On Systemic Racism

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Why are schools still segregated? What does building a business look like for a Black entrepreneur? Why are Black and African American adults less likely to own a home?

In this four part discussion series, Racism: Challenging Perceptions explores the social, cultural and economic impact of racism on our community. Through conversations with local experts and leaders, we look at the disparities racism creates within our systems: education, wealth building and housing. We encourage participants to use the information from the series to have authentic and informed dialogue with family members and friends on race and racism. 

Each discussion was held on Zoom and later broadcast on VPM PBS.  The series is produced by VPM and co-sponsored by The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the Richmond Night Market.



The conversations will be recorded for broadcast on VPM. During the broadcast, participate in the online discussion on the VPM Facebook and Twitter page. Return here for an update to the broadcast schedule. 



Below are recommended resources from the moderator and panelists to continue the discussion and deepen our understanding of the role racism plays in our society. For books, we recommend searching your local library [Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield] or ordering from a Black-owned independent bookstore.

Additional resources will be added as the series continues.

Type Genre Title
Documentary Education School Interrupted by The Future of America's Past
Podcast Education Nice White Parents from the New York Times
Article Education Getting Real: A Comprehensive Plan To Increase Teachers of Color by Rodney Robinson
Research Education Educational Equity in a Generation by Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell
Book History Richmond's Unhealed History by Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell
Documentary History Reconstruction: America After The Civil War
Documentary Racism The Talk: Race In America
Article Racism 11 Terms You Should Know To Better Understand Structural Racism by The Aspen Institute 
Book Racism Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Book Racism So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Book Racism How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Book Racism White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Book Racism White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Dr. Carol Anderson
Website Racism Movement for Black Lives
Documentary Health A Public Calamity by The Future of America's Past
Book Health Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
Book Health Making a Place for Themselves: The Black Hospital Movement 1920-1945 by Vanessa Northington Gamble
Podcast Policing Cops See It Differently by This American Life
Podcast Policing American Police by Throughline
Book Policing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Book Policing Are Prisons Obsolete? by Dr. Angela Davis
Book Policing The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
Book Policing The New Jim Crow: Colorblindness in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Michelle Alexander
Podcast Policing Caught by WNYC Studios
Website Policing Performing Statistics
Website Policing Dignity In Schools
Website Policing Youth First Initiative
Website Policing RISE for Youth