From Tulsa, Texas, to Turkey: The Price of Denial
Assistant Director Stephen Menendian published a powerful new essay this week to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, about the contemporary social cost of denying your history. He writes:
"If the opposite of denial is truth, then truth is the predicate for a society of inclusion and belonging. A society inflected with denial is warped and distorted, unable to see itself in the mirror as it truly is. And any society that cannot grapple with reality is one that will have many disturbing pathologies. Indeed, this should now be obvious. There is a price to be paid to live in denial."
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Join us for the reveal of our national housing segregation project
In less than three weeks we'll be releasing our "Roots of Structural Racism: Twenty-First Century Racial Residential Segregation in the United States" project, a huge initiative that has been in the works for several years to map the most segregated and integrated regions, cities, and tracts across the country.
Join us on Tuesday, June 22, 9am-12pm PT / 12pm-3pm ET, for a half-day seminar with leading scholars and fair housing advocates for the unveiling of the project. Speakers include Richard Rothstein, author of the best-seller The Color of Law; Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance; Demetria McCain, fair housing advocate and president of the Inclusive Communities Project; Margery Turner, fellow at the Urban Institute; O&B Institute director john a. powell, and assistant director Stephen Menendian.
Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people
Read a new piece by Associate Director Denise Herd marking the 1-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, published in The Conversation, about the trauma and health consequences experienced in Black communities following police killings or confrontations with law enforcement. She writes:
"Aggressive policing can cause fear and excessive watchfulness among Black Americans that, at elevated levels, are associated with high blood pressure. A New York City-based research team found in 2016 that in neighborhoods where police engaged in the invasive practice of “stop and frisk,” residents were more likely to have not only high blood pressure but to also suffer from diabetes, get asthma attacks and be overweight."
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Creative Fellow Alex Nezam on exploring belonging through film
Read a new Q&A with Alexander Nezam, who is the Institute's new creative fellow for our Europe-based Toward Belonging program. An experimental filmmaker who aims to use the power of filmmaking and participatory design to build belonging, Nezam will facilitate a long-form “participatory filmic poem” created by immigrant communities in Verona, Italy. The interview discusses what he’ll be working on during his creative fellowship and how he is approaching that work. Read the interview here.
Correction: The previous newsletter published on May 12 introducing Alex Nezam displayed a still from one of his films showing a young man, suggesting he was Alex Nezam, when in fact he was not. That was an error on our part. We apologize for this error.
ICYMI: Black and Asian communities build power through unity
Last month we hosted our latest livestream as part of our #RiseUp4Justice event series, this time featuring Black and Asian activists talking about coalition building needed to combat white supremacist structures. Watch a replay and read a write-up of this event here.
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