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The Path to Transformation: Building a Multiracial Movement john a. powell Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Moritz College of Law ISAIAH April 16-18, 2009
Telling someone a scary story activates a frame of fear
Claude Steele’s “stereotype threat”:
For example, tell students about to take a test that Asian students tend to do better than whites, the whites will perform significantly worse than if they had not been primed to think of themselves as less capable than Asians.
We have relationships with institutions and responsibilities to them. This responsibility is shared with others.
We adapt to institutions as they adapt to us.
Q: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
A: The farm
Recognizing Our Interconnectedness “ We are all caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” -The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.