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Resources on Race: Videos

To support the City of Saint Paul’s racial equity initiative, the library is building a list of books, poems, articles, films, blog posts, and other resources exploring race in the United States. Send your submissions to grow this city-wide resource.

Courageous Conversations about Race

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Racism is Real

In the Room with john a. powell

“When we contact each other, we change each other. We are constantly making each other.” john a. powell is one of the most revered thinkers on race today.

On March 10, 2015 at On Being on Loring Park he shared his wisdom on our anguished race conversation, rethinking Whiteness, the spiritual work of self and belonging, and our deep need to be in relationship with different others.

Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy "A Trip to the Grocery Store"

White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality

The American Dream is Alive in the Twin Cities, But Not for Everyone

We Need to Talk About an Injustice

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Discussing Race

How to Tell People They Sound Racist

Reverse Racism

The Daily Show: John Legend

Race - The Power an Illusion: The Genesis of Discriminatory Housing Policies

City of Saint Paul Fall 2016 Culture Presentations