White privilege and white supremacy are woven into nearly every institution, process, and product in the United States. The country was founded on stolen land, built by slave labor, and continues to oppress people of color in overt and invisible ways. Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the “best places to live” in the country, but we also have one of the largest racial education and employment gaps. Since 2012, DP has been working with underserved populations in St. Paul, and as awareness of our own complicitness has increased, our desire to shine a light on the monster has taken an artistic turn. We intend for this training process and culminating production at the 2017 Twin Cities Horror Festival to provide us with needed insight to dismantle our own internalized racism as well as to clarify the way our artistic process can be more authentically inclusive.
This page is a sampling of the research we're doing as a part of this project. Things we're reading, watching, hearing, and thinking about. Check back often to find updates and feel free to reach out to us on Facebook with any of your own thoughts.
Monique Judge's article about white fragility and the reasons it's so difficult to engage in a narrative with white people. Find it HERE.
BlackLivesMatterSyllabus.com is an excellent resource for finding a variety of articles on the subject race relations in America and beyond.
Linda Greenhouse reviews Faces at the Bottom of the Well, by Derrick Bell, a scholar on race and law. Find it HERE.
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On the Media did an excellent radio series about poverty in America. Find it HERE.
NPR interviewed three of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement in regards to the cultural shift since the movement started three years ago. Find it HERE.