What Prejudice Looks Like, 1993 Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

 

What Prejudice Looks like

“I always thought that prejudice never looked evil but idiotic, because prejudice is a preconceived idea and is not logical; therefore, prejudice is incoherent and stupid. The figure in What Prejudice Looks Like embodies the awkwardness and the unbalanced psyche of the prejudiced human being. The arms cross the neck of the figure to show the strangling of the soul when it is prejudice.”

~Soraida Martinez

SJCA Stands for Racial Justice

SJCA STANDS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance, as an organization invested in the full expression of humanity through arts and culture in South Jersey, cannot be silent or accept inaction in response to current events. Over the past week, Black Lives Matter demonstrations have erupted across America in response to the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the historical and ongoing systems of racism and oppression that enabled them. SJCA staff and board stand in solidarity with the victims and demonstrators.  We are committed to challenging and dismantling those systems in which we operate.

A serious reckoning with the systemic racism in our industry, and the exclusionary barriers to enter it, is long overdue.  Change starts with each of us as individuals and as organizations educating ourselves about racism. SJCA has begun taking steps to do the hard work of looking internally at ourselves, our programs, and systems through the lens of racism.  We will encourage and support our cultural community in doing the same.

This year, SJCA joined the Change Network, an international cohort of OfByForAll.org and is learning ways to reach out to underrepresented cultural groups.  At the end of June, the NJ Arts Administrators of Color and SJCA will co-sponsor a Zoom discussion on racial issues in arts administration.  SJCA is committed to working towards a more diverse cultural workforce where racism does not impede success.  SJCA acknowledges that the change needed will not happen overnight and will require a long-term commitment. Because of this historic moment in our country’s racial history, now is the time to begin this work.

Take actionhttps://m4bl.org/week-of-action/

Donate to NJ Arts Administrators of Colorhttps://njtheatrealliance.org/donate-now

South Jersey Cultural Alliance respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives of ALL people. Our strength lies in the diversity of the broad range of artists, arts and cultural institutions, and communities that make up South Jersey. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of organizational excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought, and action. Leading by example, we hope that these core values are reflected and embraced by our members, partners, staff, and board.

 

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF INCLUSION

ASSESS HIDDEN BIASES USING THE IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST

This test designed to explore the topic of implicit associations by allowing testers to assess their hidden biases using the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The IAT is based on thousands of experiments that document how subconscious, information-processing patterns can result in interpersonal biases and broader societal inequities. The developers are professors at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and Yale University.

To take the test, visit this website: https://implicit.harvard.edu

Follow the links to the “Project Implicit Social Attitudes” page. Agree to proceed with the Demonstrations. (You may complete the tests anonymously using the “guest” access option.)

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

 

“FOR OUR WHITE FRIENDS DESIRING TO BE ALLIES” (By COURTNEY ARIEL)

Information to educate yourself about systematic racism in this country.

https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies?fbclid=IwAR0RAdACFv73uPFcLj0TBnQHF_vWVFRM3NmR6dBYNpPQRLeMDvPcDOcPyFc

 

CROWD-SOURCED RESOURCES FOR ANTI-RACIST ACTION 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Q3asua1tpQODPJiTXqN_ERJFBlBn7g2oCHzX3o2Ab4/mobilebasic  (provided by Deonté Griffin-Quick, New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Manager of Programs and Services)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?fbclid=IwAR0f6e8lVS8Yokddd7kj0roAvH0i-wIh7_VaYtvvtZ73_Ur4cVjBH9BYlb8&pru=AAABcsLnUnI*QHzVPgJvzX4TQJhIdmwouQ

 

“ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR WHITE PEOPLE” SCAFFOLDING ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

“Anti-racism Resources for White People” are working documents for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white people to become allies and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. The document provides a wealth of links to everything from videos to organizations can be found at this resource. This also includes resources for parents.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?fbclid=IwAR3vW8uNyIkakG8VEvi2_F9PDL0XNAflNrab225m33WTLwe4JEjzn36vGFA&pru=AAABcsLYNZo*NkNqJGbi4q3TIcpuu5yOnw

 

ANTIRACIST RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO FURTHER RACIAL JUSTICE (Honeybook.com)

A resource for small businesses and individuals. Recommendations for what to read, where to buy,, what to watch, where to donate, how to get involved and more.

https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/antiracist-resources-for-small-businesses

 

RESOURCES FROM THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

Access and read articles from across the field that highlight the issues of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

  • Need practical tips and tools to advance your work on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion? Check-out our DEAI Resource Page from the Information Center.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

 

  • Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents, and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE GERALDINE DODGE FOUNDATION