In order to understand the dynamics of oppression in the United States today, we have to understand some of the historical currents around racism and classism that people of color and low-income communities have faced for centuries. This historical context will inform how we understand the genesis of philanthropy and the need, past and present, for social justice philanthropy today.
- Participants will explore the historical context of oppression in the United States.
- Participants will make connections between historical examples of oppression and where we are today in the United States with regard to race, class, gender, and other social group memberships.
- Participants will grapple with the connection between philanthropic tradition and the distribution of wealth, power, and privilege over time.
- Participants will understand what social justice philanthropy is and how it can be applied to their own work/lives.
- Read the Introduction to “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander (pp. 2-19).
- Read “Constructing Race, Creating White Privilege” by Pem Davidson Buck.
- Watch spoken word performance of “What is Genocide” by Carlos Andres Gomez.
- In advance of facilitating the exercises below, we recommend assigning a pre- reading using the readings and resources listed above. At minimum, we recommend the Introduction to “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander and Social Justice Philanthropy on Resource Generation’s website.
- This module builds on material introduced in Modules 1 and 2 by providing a historical context of how oppression has manifested over time and why we are where we are today. We have shared multiple resources, in a variety of mediums that you can use based on the group you’re working with.
- With all of the suggested activities and resources in Module 3, you could spend between two and four 60-minute sessions covering this material. It’s important to allow time for discussion, processing, and to check for understanding.