Top #NCDD Resources for Addressing Racial Conflict & Inequality
The NCDD community has a long history and strong track record of helping people address racism, racial tensions and inequity in their communities. Many of our long-time members were drawn to dialogue work during national crises we’re all reminded of as the situation in Ferguson, Missouri plays out, like the 1991 Rodney King trial, and subsequent Los Angeles riots back in 1992.
These days, with social media and 24 hour news at our fingertips, it seems like local crises can become national crises in a heartbeat. The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is the latest in a long string of incidents that spark outrage in cities where racial tension and inequity is already high, and raise public concern about police treatment of minorities, fairness in the U.S. justice system, media bias, wealth and opportunity gaps, and more.
In times like these, dialogue is key to helping people come together across divides (power divides, income divides, race divides, political divides) to talk through what’s happening and see if we can agree on steps to take going forward.
I want to point you to some helpful resources on race dialogue developed by NCDD members.
Recently, we’ve shared these top-notch resource compilations from a long-time leader in race dialogue, Everyday Democracy:
In the NCDD Resource Center, where you’ll find nearly 3,000 carefully indexed resources to help you in this important work, it’s worth checking out the 67 resources in our Race Issues tag.
Maggie Potapchuk’s resource-rich website, Racial Equity Tools, is another important destination for those engaging people across racial divides.
And you should certainly utilize the discussion guides that NCDDers have developed around these issues…
- Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do? (NIF Issue Guide)
- Crime & Punishment: Imagining a Safer Future for All (IF Discussion Guide)
- Community Dialogue Guide (US DOJ’s Community Relations Service)
- Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide (Public Conversations Project)
- Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation (Everyday Democracy)
In the Resource Center, I found these by utilizing the sidebar search tool that says “I’m Looking For…” and selecting “manuals & guides” for Resource Type (category) and “race issues” under On This Topic (tag).
What do YOU think are the best resources to help people run dialogues on race issues or the other issues being surfaced by the events in Ferguson? Please add them via the comments here.