Wednesday, April 21, 2010

FYI: Applied Research Center

The photo on the right is from a piece in the magazine ColorLines mentioned below.

Just got out of a meeting where we listened to a presentation from the Applied Research Center. It was one of the most sane and intelligent presentations about racial equity and justice I've heard in a long time. I wanted like minded souls out there to know about this great organization. Here's some information from their website:

The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism. ARC is built on rigorous research and creative use of new technology. Our goal is to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it. By telling the stories of everyday people, ARC is a voice for unity and fairness in the structures that affect our lives.

CONFLICT AT THE COLOR LINE America's racial fault lines run deep, and our racial identities and culture impact our political views. The Applied Research Center (ARC) understands that pressing political conflicts demand a serious treatment of racial equity that addresses both a history of injustice and contemporary problems. We see structural racism, and demand concrete change from our most powerful institutions to build a fair and equal society. At ARC, we recognize that racism deeply affects individuals and their life chances, but we also know that racism rarely works through individuals. As long as the systems, structures and unconscious motivations that shape racism are obscured, racism itself will remain embedded in the fabric of society and transcend even our best individual intentions. To fight structural racism, we must be able to document it, promote equity theories, stimulate discussion and highlight real solutions. We value alliances and coalitions in bringing about change and we unify sectors of the movement that should be working cooperatively.

My thoughts exactly. The ARC also has a magazine called ColorLines and a blog called Race Wire that are worth checking out. You might find something interesting to read to prepare for Stand Against Racism next week.