Links and Resources on Racial Inequities in American Society

PsySR member Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., has provided this extensive listing of resources related to racial inequities in American society. Mikhail teaches in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His UIUC website is HERE and his racial inequities resources page is HERE.


U.S. Census Hotlinks

U.S. Census links to the latest data on racial and ethnic populations
in the United States.

Cultural and Ethnic Geography of the United States and Canada
Maps showing geographic distribution of ethnic, cultural, religious, political, and socioeconomic groups.

Hate Groups in the United States
Compiled and updated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Defining Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality

All of us are related, Each of us is unique
Graphic presentation of genetics research, includinig striking displays of phenotypical variations, conventionally thought to be categorical (Syracuse).

Race – The Power of an Illusion
Documentary about race in society, science, and history (PBS).

Matters of Race
Documentary films about race and racial identities (PBS).

Racial Science
History of "race" in science, medicine, and technology.

The Changing Face of America
Year-long series of stories by NPR examining how changes in demographics have effected the places we live.

How Race is Lived in America
Year-long series of reports on racial encounters by the New York Times.

Strangers in a Land of Strangers
Defining "American" in times of conflict.


Implict Association Test (IAT)
The following explanation is taken from different portions of the
web site and edited for coherence:

It is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it
is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. Understanding such
divergences is important to scientific psychology.  This web site presents
a new method that demonstrates public-private and conscious-unconscious
divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous
methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT
for short.  There are several different IATs on this site, including
the Race (‘Black-White’) IAT.  This IAT requires the ability to distinguish
faces of European and African origin and basic fluency in English. 
The Black-White IAT may be our most distressing test because it indicates
that most Americans have an automatic preference for White over Black.

Blue Corn Comics Indian Stereotypes
Documents stereotypical representation of American Indians in the news and popular culture.

Immigrant and ethnic caricatures
A virtual gallery of cartoons, postcards, and other images from the Civil War to World War I.

Over 3500 photographs (and many essays) about race and racial oppression in the United States and elsewhere.

Jim Crow museum of racism memorabilia

Documenting the Inequities

Economic and Social Statistics on Black America
Charts, graphs, and analyses regarding
topics like crime, poverty, and higher education (Frontline).

The Big Picture: An interactive report on Civil Rights today

The Two Nations of Black America (Frontline Special)
Audioclips of many experts on race, including Cornel West, Kathleen Cleaver,
and Orlando Patterson.

Over 3500 photographs (and many essays) about race and racial oppression in the United States and elsewhere.

Racial Differences in Intelligence: What Mainstream Scientists Say
Statement signed by 52 scholars and published in the Wall Street Journal in 1994.

Drug War Facts

Facts about race and crime.

Racial disparities in the war on drugs
(Human Rights Watch).

Racism and the administration of justice
(Human Rights Watch).

National Center for Education

Race and ethnicity data on dropout rates, education attainment, and earnings.

Building blocks for youth

Examines how the media covers youth, race, and crime. For example,
are black youth perpetrators over-represented in the coverage? Are
minority victims under-represented?

Teaching Resources

APA’s psychology of racism page
User-friendly description of
what psychology can tell us about prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Includes brief summaries of research studies.

Linguistic FAQ
Black english, foreign accents and other linguistic information.

Race and morality resources
This site site has powerpoint presentations relating to race/ethnicity and ethics, links to Supreme Court decisions that pertainted to race issues, including the Brown v Board of Education (some Supreme Court cases include a RealAudio of oral arguments) and NPR audio files of several Talk of the Nation segments dealing with race, as well as audio of many speeches and interviews.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching tolerance is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equality, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. The web site contains various classroom activities aimed at different age groups, including:

    Six lessons from Jena

    Deconstructing biased language

    The ABCs of conflict resolution

    The ABCs of identity in the Presidential election

    The ABCs of school segregation

Understanding Prejudice
Educational resources, including exercises and demonstrations, a media corner, and a list of experts on prejudice and related issues.

Facing History and Ourselves
Resource website for students and educators (links to workshops and seminars across the U.S.).

Whiteness Studies
Articles on white identity and privilege, as well as links
to pages on teaching about whiteness, including suggestions for discussion
questions, class activities, and out-of-class projects.

Humanity Quest

This is an interactive site with classroom exercises and pertinent
questions about racism.

Race, racism, and the law

Course web site with excellent information about race and racism
in relation to education, environment, affirmative action, and law .

Psychology of Race and Ethnicity
Undergraduate psychology course on race and ethnicity (taught by author of this resource page).

Stanford Prison Experiment
Slide show of Zimbardo’s Prison experiment, demonstrating the power of being placed in a role.

Racial Dynamics in Popular Culture

The Barbie experiment
Created by the family whose 8-year-old girl did the “Barbie” experiment
in which she showed adults and children two Barbies (one white, one black)
and asked them which they preferred.  The school took down her poster
because school official were afraid it would make other children feel uncomfortable,
which is when the national and even international media picked up the story.

Racism in popular science fiction

The author doesn’t have a mainstream definition
of racism (e.g., some of the issues that the author takes with
Star Trek are not so much about racism but about how Star Trek TNG essentializes
race, that is attributes characteristics like courage to race and assumes
that they are unchangeable) but many of the points are nevertheless valid.

African American Lives
Family history and geneology of 12 well-known African Americans and the science of DNA and geneological research (PBS).

"Harry Potter and the Word That Shall Not Be Named" and other essays on pop culture
Essays (many specifically about race and racial issues) by the author of this resource page.


Race Traitor: Journal of the New Abolitionism

This site argues for the elimination of the white race (the concept, not the people).

Penn State’s student paper reporting on a college variation of Jane Elliot’s eye color exercise

Links to over 2000 anti-racism organizations and websites in over 100 countries.

An argument against color-blindness (Robert Jensen)

What the attack on affirmative action is really about (Tim Wise)

White is…White isn’t
Defining whiteness as "privilege".

Racism is not White Privilege (Alan Spector)


Human Rights Watch

Southern Poverty Law Center
This organization monitors and tracks the activities of hate groups in every state.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Research Institute at Ohio State University.

Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
Research Center at Boston College, directed by Psychologist Janet Helms.

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Conservative think tank.

Citizen’s Initiative on Race and Ethnicity (CIRE)

Another conservative think tank.

Historical Resources

African American World
African American history and culture (PBS).

Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery


Web site of the co-founder of the Black Panthers, includes a Black Panthers photo tour.

Without Sanctuary

Photos, postcards, and video of lynching history in the U.S.

The African American Holocaust

Photo tour of lynchings and other klan activity.

We Shall Overcome
Historic places of the Civil Rights movement.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (

The Afrocentric Experience

Afrocentric history.

History from an American Indian perspective
Holocaust photos and information.


African American studies

Feminism and Black womanism identity

American Indian studies

Asian American studies

Chicano/Latino studies

Critical Whiteness Studies

White Studies Library

Deconstructing Whiteness

Annotated bibliograhy on race, gender, and affirmative action
Separate categories of articles for undergraduate teaching, graduate instruction (more technical works), and web resources.

Children’s books about diversity, multiculturalism, and prejudice
Color-coded for different age groups.

Multicultural and anti-bias books for children
(Anti-Defamation League).

Annotated bibilography on the psychology of racism
(American Psychological Association).

Online Interactive

Race Relations (

Excellent index of articles and features organized by topic.

Dare To Ask
Y? discussion forum on race relations and other controversial issues.

Humanity Quest

An interactive site allowing keyword searches for music, books,
comics, etc. that deal with racism.