Know the Other

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For Starters
Other Sites and Organizations to Check Out
Matters Racial
Learning / Teaching Otherness
Mass Incarceration
Matters Gender
Economic Equality, Capitalism
Education, Workforce Development
Volunteering (Well), or Not
Native Cultures
Bias in Technology

About this site



For Starters

  • Short clip from Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story   -   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Novelist   (03:48 video)
              The full Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story   -   (19:17 video)         (p)

  • Huffington Post / Oprah: The Daring Racism Experiment That People Still Talk About 20 Years Later   -   (04:41 video)   Jane Elliott's blue eyes vs. brown eyes experiment, 1968.

  • Rev John Wallace Sermon on "Privilege"     (29:24 video, slides with audio as MP4)   December 10, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Rev Jim Gilchrist Presbytery Sermon     (audio 16:33)   February 8, 2018 Pittsburgh Presbytery Meeting   Reverend Gilchrist is the senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and was deliberately invited as a Caucasian pastor to preach by the Amos 5:24 Ministry Team during Black History Month.



    Other Sites and Organizations to Check Out

  • HELP Initiative Pittsburgh   -   (web site)

  • p4 Pittsburgh   -   People, Planet, Place, Performance   (web site)   -   Mayor William Peduto and Andre Heinz on P4, 2015   -   P4 Conference 2016

  • Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition   -   (web site)

  • URA - Urban Redevelopment Authority Of Pittsburgh   -   (web site)

  • Pittsburgh Presbytery: Ministry Teams   -   (web site)

  • Homewood Children's Village   -   (web site)

  • Pitt: Community Engagement Centers   -   (web site)

  • Homewood Children's Village   -   (web site) Our mission is to improve the lives of Homewood's children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.

  • Neighborhood Allies   -   (web site) Neighborhood Allies is a unique community development partner. We are part funder, lender, connector and consultant.

  • National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)   -   Columbia University in the City of New York.

  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG)   -   Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a coalition of leaders working for economic justice and equitable resources to revitalize the Pittsburgh region.

  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development   -   (web site)

  • PTS Metro-Urban Institute   -   Founded in 1991, MUI combines the theory and practice of collaborative community ministry into a program of urban theological education that prepares students for excellence in any context of ministry, but with particular attention to public realities affecting the urban environment. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.



    Matters Racial

  • P & G's "The Talk"   -   (video 02:08)

  • To those accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.   -   (image)   Pittsburgh Courier, January 21, 2018

  • Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson   -   Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, St. Martin's Press (January 17, 2017)   At a time when everyone needs to speak more openly, honestly, and critically about the racial divisions that have been allowed to grow in the United States, Dyson's book could not be a more welcome read. ISBN-13: 978-1250135995

  • Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker   -   ISBN-13: 978-1501122392, 432 pages   -   Brief NPR Interview

  • Pittsburgh Presbytery: Anti-Racism Transformation Team   -   (web page)   The Anti-Racism Transformation Team of the Pittsburgh Presbytery is a team that envisions an anti-racist Presbytery that practices Christ's teachings, creating and sustaining a culture of racial reconciliation and accountability to the communities the Presbytery serves.

  • If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say   -   (video 2:13) Funny. There's a number of these out there...

  • YouTube: How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist   -   (video 2:59) "What they did" vs. "What they are." Jay Smooth, Hip-Hop DJ / artist.

  • New Pittsburgh Courier   -   (website) The newspaper is named after the original Pittsburgh Courier (1907-65), which in the 1930s and 1940s was one of the largest and most influential African-American newspapers in the country, with a nationwide circulation of more than 350,000.

  • Little Rock Central:50 Years Later Clip   -   (video 05:54)   Clip from the HBO film by the Renaud Brothers, in which Minnijean Brown, one of the original Little Rock Nine, addresses a class of students who have made the mistake of self segregating themselves on the day of her visit.

  • Minijean Brown-Trickey on Hate Speech   -   (video 05:35)   "... profoundly, intentionally ignorant ...", about Jay Z...

  • WQED-TV Presents: A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story   -   (video 28:06) Pittsburgh Courier web site.

  • Immaculee Ilibaguza: Left To Tell (Learning To Forgive After Tragedy)   -   (video 8:31)   Survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when the Hutus (brutally) killed nearly one million Tutsis.

  • Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza   -   (Book, 215 pages, 978-0739474464)   Forgiveness- In the extreme. If you think it's hard, this book offers quite a perspective.

  • Be the Bridge   -   (web site)   We exist to be a credible witness for the Glory of God. OUR MISSION: INSPIRE the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division. The Church to be present and intentional towards racial reconciliation. EQUIP bridge builders towards towards fostering and developing vision, skills and heart for racial unity. BUILD partnerships with existing organizations who have heart for diversity, racial justice, restoration and reconciliation.   -   Facebook: Be The Bridge to Racial Unity

  • Doll Test   -   (video 9:12)   Children learn by what they observe

  • How the Irish Became White   -   (web page)   Art McDonald, Ph.D., Social Advocacy Directory at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Documentary on Braids and Appropriation in America   -   (video 19:20)   Can be a sensitive topic. Bo Derek in "10" is mentioned.

  • Greenwood, Tulsa   or   Tulsa Race Riot   -   (web pages)   The Tulsa race riot, sometimes referred to as the Tulsa massacre, Tulsa pogrom, or Tulsa race riot of 1921, took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when a mob of white citizens attacked residents and businesses of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in the history of the United States.

  • Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson   -   (video 14:15)   The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center   -   Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

  • Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism   -   (web page)   Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.

  • White Awake, Danial Hill   -   (paperback, 208 pages)   Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: "Daniel, you may be white, but don't let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture." Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity.



    Learning / Teaching Otherness

  • Teaching Tolerance   -   (web page)   Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators, teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners who work with children from kindergarten through high school.


  • Goodreads: Be The Bridge   -   (web page)   Excellent bibliography.



    Mass Incarceration

  • Netflix: 13th   -   (video 1:40:00)   Directed by Ava DuVernay, mass incarceration       -   Ava DuVernay and Oprah   -   (video 36:00)

  • Ted Talk: Why we need to end the War on Drugs   -   (video 17:26) Ethan Nadelmann. Mass incarceration...

  • TED: Bryan Stevenson   -   (video 17:26)   Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system

  • The New Jim Crow   -   Michelle Alexander, The New Press (January 16, 2012)   The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status - denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. ISBN-13: 978-1595586438



    Matters Gender

  • LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary   -   (web page)   LGBTQIA Resource Center @ UC Davis

  • TED: The surprising neuroscience of gender inequality, Janet Crawford   -   (video 17:26)   Janet Crawford dives into the unconscious associations that are often made with regard to gender. It's hard not to reflect on our own unconscious associations as she talks through how our brain creates associations to help us make sense of the world. Her empowering talk speaks to men and women alike, challenging us all to help create the shift from one of blame to one of action through engagement and curiosity.

  • TED: Why I am not a feminist, Betsy Cairo   -   (video 17:26)   What does the word "feminist" mean today? In this informative talk, Betsy Cairo explores the impact of gender specific language in our culture, and wonders if the word "feminism" itself has stalled the movement. Is there a better option, and what would it mean to let this word go?

  • Wikipedia: Discrimination against non-binary gender persons   -   (web page)

  • Wikipedia: Queer Theory   -   (web page)


  • Gender equality: the power of change   -   (video 2:25)   Cartoonesque overview of some facts

  • The facts about gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals   -   (video 2:24)   UN Women looks at what it will really take to achieve the 2030 Agenda in its new flagship report "Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda".

  • Wikipedia: XY sex-determination system   -   (web page)   The XY sex-determination system is the sex-determination system found in humans, most other mammals, some insects (Drosophila), some snakes, and some plants (Ginkgo)



    Economic Equality, Capitalism

  • "Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it."           -- Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.       founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles

  • YouTube: Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012   -   (video 20:39)   Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry and today serves on the U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood Task Force.

  • YouTube: Income and Wealth Inequality: Crash Course Economics #17   -   (video 10:15)   The difference between wealth inequality and income inequality. They tend to correlate but are different things.   -   YouTube: Crash Course on Economics Series

  • Wealth Inequality in America   -   (video 06:23)   Has some excellent charts and graphics which may help you wrap you head around the numbers.

  • Netflix: Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism   -   (video 1:13:00)

  • Circles Pgh: Poverty Simulation   -   (web page)

  • Wealth of 400 Billionaires = Wealth of All 41 Million African-Americans   -   (brief web page)

  • The Reality Behind the Racial Wealth Gap Explained (Animated Video)   -   (video 01:30)   The gap is so large that it is difficult to wrap one's head around it.

  • Richer and Poorer: Accounting for inequality   -   (web page, New Yorker article)   Begins with a description and some metrics using the Gini index. Fairly detailed and lengthy.

  • Financial Samurai: The Average American Net Worth Is Huge!   -   (web page)

  • What Does Income Inequality Mean to Americans? - BBC News   -   (video 02:12)   BBC News YouTube channel.

  • Global Wealth Inequality   -   (video 03:50)

  • The Atlantic: Why I Am Not a Maker   -   (web page/article)   When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others. Debbie Chachra.     Gender issues in this space. Concludes with, 'A quote often attributed to Gloria Steinem says: "We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."'

  • Frontline: Left Behind America   -   (video 54:47)   Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city's struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. FRONTLINE and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of people now live in poverty.




  • Urban Wire : : Manufactured homes could ease the affordable housing crisis.   -   (web page)   Urban Institute

  • Urban Wire : : Where have all the small loans gone?   -   (web page)   Urban Institute: Mortgages of $50K or less are tough to get.

  • URA (publicly) owned properties in Homewood   -   (web site)   Will Hignett's sister's project?

  • ACTS Housing in Milwaukee   -   (web site)

  • Baltimore City's program to grow the city by 10,000 families   -   (web site)

  • Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region - Albany, NY

  • NEXTpittsburgh: City Design Section   -   (Website magazine)   NEXTpittsburgh is the must-read Pittsburgh publication about the people driving change in our city and the innovative and cool things happening here.

  • Post-Gazatte: Bethesda-Homewood units have new owner, new name   -   (newspaper article)   Joshua Pollard took ownership 03/09/2018.

  • How to build more affordable housing? Garfield is experimenting with ADUs.   -   (NEXT Pittsburgh article)   Call it a tiny home within a home. City planners call them "accessory dwelling units, or ADUs" a secondary residence smaller than 800 square feet in an owner-occupied primary residence or separate building such as a garage.

  • NACA - Funding Home-Ownership   -   (web page)   The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACA's primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership



    Education, Workforce Development

  • MAC - Manufacturing Assistance Center   -   A Pitt initiative, 7800 Susquehanna Street (web page)

  • Manufacturing Assistance Center brings new opportunities to Homewood and beyond   -   NEXTpittsburgh, May 2017 (web page)

  • Higher Achievement, Pittsburgh   -   (web page)   2 achievement centers serving over 100 5th, 6th and 7th graders from schools in Pittsburgh's Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods. Facebook: Higher Achievement Pittsburgh

  • Endeavor Global: Global Entrepreneur Services   -   (web page)   With the support of an unrivaled network of seasoned business leaders, Endeavor works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide.



    Volunteering (Well), or Not

  • Netflix: Poverty, Inc   -   (video 1:31:00)   Netflix documentary. Paternalism in Africa and Haiti.

  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, Steve Corbett   -   ISBN-13: 978-0802409980, 288 pages

  • Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton   -   ISBN-13: 978-0062076212, 208 pages

  • Doing Good . . . Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help, Connie Newton and Fran Early   -   ISBN-13: 978-1634137133, 178 pages, Two Harbors Press   -   Good read on volunteering. Recommend by Hunter Farrell, PTS.



    Native Cultures

  • The Canary Effect   -   (video 1:03:09)   Documentary   The grim legacy of America's treatment of its native peoples is explored in detail in this documentary. Filmmakers Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman take the perspective that if one is to define "genocide" as the a deliberate effort by a government to exterminate a people, then the United States is clearly guilty of the crime given their actions against America's indigenous population over the past 300 years.

  • Carlisle Indian Industrial School Digital Resource Center   -   This project aims to develop a comprehensive searchable database of Carlisle Indian School resources. Beginning with the school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers, materials that tell the story of the school and the many thousands of students who were sent there are being digitized.

  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation   -   NCTR at the University of Manitoba: A shared vision held by those affected by Indian residential schools was to create a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of their experiences were honoured and kept safe for future generations. They wanted their families, communities and all of Canada to learn from these hard lessons so they would not be repeated.

  • Database of Carlisle Indian School resources   -   This project aims to develop a comprehensive searchable database of Carlisle Indian School resources. Beginning with the school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers, materials that tell the story of the school and the many thousands of students who were sent there are being digitized.

  • USDAC: Honor Native Land   -   IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND AMONG TRIBAL NATIONS IN THE U.S., it is commonplace, even policy, to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of that land. While some individuals and cultural and educational institutions in the United States have adopted this custom, the vast majority have not. Together, we can spark a movement to change that.

  • Interactive Map of Native Lands in North America   -   This is a good starting place in understanding which native groups may have occupied a particular area before the advent on European colonialism.



    Bias in Technology

    As a person retired from many years as a software engineer this is personally very concerning. To me it is particualrly concerning because there is a common belief that if something is handled by computer, it can't be biased. But, like any privilege, it seems White folk dominate the industry. As I write this, even those one might consider non-white are trained in a way that may still perpetuate White bias.

  • POCIT( People Of Color In Tech )   -   Quite a rich web site for those with an interest in tech (like me).

  • POCIT: Former Airbnb HR Exec Says Its Time To Decolonize Silicon Valley   -   POCIT( People Of Color In Tech ): I am indigenous. I am also white. My lineage is that of the colonized and the colonizer, both influencing my identity, beliefs, and voice.

  • When Discrimination Is Baked Into Algorithms   -   As more companies and services use data to target individuals, those analytics could inadvertently amplify bias.

  • Is AI racially biased?   -   (YouTube video 6:53)   Given the spread of AI into so many facets of life, this is very concerning. Starts with an experience of an African American MIT researcher who couldn't get facial recognition software to work well for her.

  • Compassion through Computation: Fighting Algorithmic Bias   -   includes video 46:30)   World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Davos) 2019

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  • There's a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won't Like It   -   (blog)

  • Dan Paul's Testimony   -   (video 05:47)

  • Westminster's YouTube Page

  • NetFlix: Letterman and Obama   -   (Netflix video 56:00)

  • NEXTpittsburgh   -   (web site) -   Periodical of sorts... Our goal? To publish stories with impact, focused on the cool people, projects and places taking Pittsburgh to the next level as a place of equity, creativity and innovation.

  • Intersectionality   -   The term has been around since the late 1980's but intersectionality is a word that's new to many of us. It's used to refer to the complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect &emdash; especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups.

  • Westminster Presbyterian Recordings / Media   -   (sub page)

  • Pittsburgh-Roadmap-for-Inclusive-Innovation.pdf   -   (PDF 36 pages)   Technology

  • Homewood Nation site   -  

  • Witness in police report: State Rep. Erica Thomas told Eric Sparkes, 'Go back where you came from'   -   19 July 2019 - I found this altercation and the aftermath troubling in many ways. We don't know for certain was was said - but probably some things which weren't helpful, and certainly not loving. It's unclear whether this was driven by racism, because I think many people have gotten irritated when waiting in the 'express checkout line' behind someone with many more items than the stated limit. If you've felt irritaed in this way, how much of it was 'racial'? In this case social media exploded with accusations, and worse, seemingly without much effort to wait for the facts. On the whole, this hurt far more people than it helped, in my opinion.

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    This site is an experiment in collecting materials having to do with "privilege" and building connections with those we might not ordinarily have a chance to know - "the Other". While "race" is decidedly an aspect of this, it's my intent to look at some of the underlying issues in a much broader way. I welcome and encourage any suggestions as I build out this collection and look to provide some structure around it.

    I am a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and some of the content here naturally reflects that association. As a relatively new member, I am delighted with the energy being invested in this topic area. But, this site is not associated with Westminster Presbyterian Church at all.

    Drop me an email at , (Bob Dilly)     I'd love to hear your thoughts!                  


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