Video and Multimedia

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Video Links

  • The O.J. Verdict 
    On October 10, 1995 the verdict in the O.J. murder trial was read. The legal proceedings, which had been televised, had transfixed the nation and some 150 million tuned in to watch the reading. Through archival footage and interviews with those who were involved in the case as well as journalists, this Frontline video considers this case as a spectacle that divided a nation along racial lines.
  • A Class Divided 
    In 1968 Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliot engaged her class of third graders in what would become a landmark exercise in learning about race and the social construction of difference. She divided the class into groups based on eye color and then informed the class that one group was superior. A Class Divided is a Frontline special report about this powerful and controversial experiment that we continue to discuss decades on.
  • DJ Dave’s Whole Foods Parking Lot 

    Whole Foods Parking Lot rap response: Revenge of the Black Prius by Delia Brown 
    The first video is DJDave’s satirical rap about the experience of shopping—and parking—at the Whole Foods grocery store on the West Side of LA. The second is performance artist Delia Brown’s “response rap” to DJDave.  Both artists take a black medium (rap) and use it to point out the ridiculousness of certain aspects of white culture and consumption. 

  • Chinatown on the Move 
    Over the last decade New York’s Chinese population has increased by 1/3 yet the percentage of that population living and working in Manhattan’s Chinatown on the lower east side has declined. This New York Times video explores the changes in Chinatown. 1. Why is the Chinese population in Chinatown dwindling?
  • The Caretaker 
    This short New York Times documentary provides a glimpse into the life of Joesy, an undocumented immigrant from Fiji. Joesy works as a live-in attendant/aide for Ms. Tsurumoto, a 95-year-old Japanese-American woman.

Audio Links

  • This American Life 72: Trek 
    This program is an idiosyncratic first-person travelogue about race relations and tourism in the new South Africa.  The interracial producers of the program travel through the still mostly-segregated society and have very different opinions about what they see, especially when it comes to some distant relatives of the white correspondent’s in South Africa.
  • 362:  Got you Pegged 
    In essence, this episode is about stereotypes.  Shalom goes on vacation with his family, and suspects the beloved, chatty old man in the room next door is an imposter—and sets out to prove it.  Amy thought it was obvious that she was an adult, not a kid, and she assumed the friendly man working at the children's museum knew it too. Unfortunately, the man had Amy pegged all wrong.  These and other stories are presented about the pitfalls of making snap judgments about others.
  • Radiolab Season 5 Episode 3: Race 
    Description: This episode asks—but never answers—questions about the validity of the term “race.” It examines how understandings of “race” have changed across time and looks at both the scientific and cultural costs we pay for treating “race” as a real and meaningful thing and also examines the costs of treating it as if it is nothing more than a social construct.
  • Mind The Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students 
    This documentary considers the black-white achievement gap. It focuses on one suburban school and how educators and administrators are attempting to address disparities of outcomes.

Web Resources

Professional Resources

  • Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities 
    The purpose of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities is to encourage research, theory, and teaching concerning the relation between socially defined racial and ethnic groups. The encouragement of scholarship contributing to the welfare of all, rather than the promotion of any particular group’s social or political interests, is a paramount goal of the Section.

  • The American Sociological Association (ASA) also includes two other Sections dedicated to the study of racial issues:

Section on Asia and Asian Americans
Section on Latino/a Sociology

  • Ethnic and Racial Studies 
    Race, ethnicity, and nationalism are at the very heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. According to the publisher, Routledge, Ethnic and Racial Studies is the leading international journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world.

Data Resources

  • Data on Race 
    Data on race are also available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Other Resources

  • Race & Ethnicity 
    Michael Kearl’s Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace: Race & Ethnicity.

  • The Affirmative Action and Diversity Project 
    The Affirmative Action and Diversity Project: A Web Page for Research: This site presents diverse opinions regarding affirmative action topics; rather than taking a singular pro or con position, it is designed to help lend many different voices to the debates surrounding the issues of affirmative action. This site is an academic resource and it provides scholars, students, and the interested public with on-site articles and theoretical analyses, policy documents, current legislative updates, and an annotated bibliography of research and teaching materials.

  • The Hirasaki National Resource Center of the Japanese-American National Museum 
    During World War II the U.S. Government forcibly removed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast. These individuals, two thirds of them U.S. citizens, were sent to ten concentration camps built throughout the western interior of the United States. The Hirasaki National Resource Center of the Japanese-American National Museum contains information about this event and the successful movement for reparations from the U.S. Government by Japanese Americans.
  • NAACP 
    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) is [self-characterization].
  • Racial Profiling 
    The American Civil Liberties Union actively opposes “Racial Profiling” in policing.
  • RacismReview 
    Contributors to RacismReview are scholars and researchers from sociology and a number of other social science disciplines and a variety of academic institutions across the U.S. RacismReview is intended to provide a credible and reliable source of information for journalists, students and members of the general public who are seeking solid evidence-based research and analysis of “race,” racism, ethnicity, and immigration issues, especially as they undergird and shape U.S. society within a global setting. We also provide substantive research and analysis on local, national, and global resistance to racial and ethnic oppression, including the many types of antiracist activism [self-characterization].
  • WPC (White Privilege Conference) 
    WPC (White Privilege Conference) is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks. It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege. WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism. WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”