Race & Ethnicity
The act of judging someone or some thing before the facts are known. Assuming that someone of a specific ethnic group or "race" will act in a particular way is an example of pre-judging them. When people from different groups have little or no contact with each other, they are likely to hold prejudicial views about each other and to act upon them. If the prejudicial views are inaccurate, they can be obstacles to productive dialog and understanding. See Definitions Document.
– Dr. Dennis O’Neil Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California
The Nature of Ethnicity - course materials: http://anthro.palomar.edu/ethnicity/ethnic_2.htm
Perhaps the most complex, problematic, and politically charged aspect of our identity is assignment of race or ethnicity.
Race is a cultural creation; it is not born of biological reality. The sub-division of the human species came about because of the dynamics of power and control and distribution of resources that privileged some and marginalized others.
In America, people born who appear to have white skin enjoy the privilege of being considered the “default” race. People of other races are usually asked to identify themselves in relation to this presumed dominant identity. Part of privilege is not having to think about race, skin color, or the myriad ways in which "white" people are empowered by default. Dominant systems remain in place by virtue of going unexamined.
Read Everyday Feminism comic: White Privilege, Explained
Therefore, racial identity presents increased barriers to victims/survivors receiving services; it can also play a role in the perpetuation of myths about the identity of perpetrators.
Read NSVRC’s (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) statement on Multilingual Access
Ethnic Identity Specific Information:
- African American
- Native American
- Asian Pacific Islander (coming soon)
- White (coming soon)
Language Line Solutions: Helping healthcare, government, insurance, utilities and business entities communicate with their limited English Proficient (LEP) customers in over 200 languages.
YWCA of Dane County
- Race to Equity Toolkit: YWCA toolkit to learn about Race and Racial Disparities in our state.
- Explore Racial Justice Resources
- Summit Resources & Videos: For links to videos, articles, and other resources from the Racial Justice Summit 2015.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Report on Immigrant Women [links to SPLC's publications page where the report can be downloaded]
SARCC (Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, Lebanon, PA): Reaching Latino Victims of Sexual Violence Marketing Toolkit
Justice Cancelled for Immigrant Women: The folks at the Women’s Justice Center in California have released a resource to help communities understand the impact of immigration policies on victims: What Advocates and Communities Should Know About the New Law Enforcement Immigration Policies and their Effects on Victims of Violence Against Women and Children; you can download the resource here in English - or here en español .
WCASA responds to Anti-Immigration Legislation proposed by Representative Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) [read more] 2011