he Invention of Race traces the development of racial and racist ideas from the ancient world – when there was no notion of race – up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people.
In this powerful TedTalk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied discussed combating unconscious bias by acknowledging it and interrupting it. She offers the viewer the suggestion of beginning by mentoring. She specifies, however, that it is comfortable to mentor and lift up those who we are similar to. She challenges the viewer to mentor someone different from ourselves and that in this way, we create access and opportunity for others.
The Wallach Art Gallery in Columbia University hosted an exhibit of modernist paintings with a specific look at the role of the black female models. This comprehensive exhibit is one more example of ways in which art can disrupt racism by looking and it in honest and meaningful ways.
For more information on the exhibit that will be traveling to Paris, click here.