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Media, Communications, and Technology

How does the digital landscape contribute to or combat racism? What evidence exists to define the role that media and journalism play in promoting or advancing antiracist values and racial equity?  For example, what does the research on algorithms for hiring and predictive policing tell us about structural racism?

Television & New Media

When is the “Racist” Designation Truly Applicable? News Media’s Contribution to the Debatability of Racism

Introduction The media plays an essential role in shaping public opinion on complex social issues. This is why it is critical that journalists are equipped to cover topics of race effectively. The Associated Press signaled the seriousness of public discourse on racism when updating its stylistic guidelines in 2019: “Do not use racially charged or…

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National Bureau of Economic Research

Persuasion in Medicine: Messaging to Increase Vaccine Demand

Introduction Despite the demonstrated benefits of preventive medicine, only 45% of American adults typically get a flu shot during flu season. Vaccine hesitancy is particularly common among Black and white lower socioeconomic status men, who don’t trust doctors and are skeptical of the benefits relative to the perceived risk. For Black Americans, this mistrust is…

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Story at Scale

What Are We Up Against? An Intersectional Examination of Stereotypes Associated with Gender

Introduction Organizations, companies, and public sector institutions are increasingly concerned with gender equity. From national and municipal gender budgeting to corporate gender equality tracking, these and other worldwide efforts are trying to answer a central question: How can we treat people of all genders fairly and provide equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone? This vision,…

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Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks)

White Supremacy Culture

Introduction In this practitioner’s guide, Dr. Tema Okun outlines how white supremacy can appear and operate in organizations. Defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as beliefs and systems that “collectively enable white people to maintain power over people of other races,” white supremacy can show up in organizations in subtle ways. Whether through individual behaviors, group…

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Science

Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations

Introduction Obermeyer et al. note both the growing attention to potential racial and gender biases within algorithms and the difficulty of obtaining access to real world algorithms – including the raw data used to design and train them – in order to understand how and why bias could appear in them. This study is important…

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Critical Studies in Media Communication

“Coming to Terms with our Own Racism”: Journalists Grapple with the Racialization of their News

Introduction Despite the various achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, the media has played a key role in perpetuating negative and stereotypical perceptions of communities of color. Through its growing political and social influence on American society, the nation’s large media institutions have attained the ability to determine the specific issues that the average American discusses.…

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American Educational Research Journal

Stories Untold: Counter-Narratives to Anti-Blackness and Deficit-Oriented Discourse Concerning HBCUs

Introduction Despite the wide ranging accomplishments earned by historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), narratives regarding HBCUs often use deficit-oriented framing that erase their achievements. This context of pervasive institutional anti-blackness is rooted in the historical marginalization of HBCUs that continues to reinforce itself through less favorable depictions of HBCUs in the media and ultimately…

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Science

Assessing risk, automating racism

Introduction This article addresses the growing public concern regarding the automation of racial discrimination through digital tools and technology. Throughout the paper, the author, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, focuses her discussion on a notable publication by Obermeyer et al. entitled, “Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations.” Unlike most researchers who…

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