Gail Harrison: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
5:00 genesis birth, beginning
5:27 newbie new person, beginner
7:00 othering making someone feel different, outside, not belonging
7:34 people of color non-white people
7:49 intellectualizing only analyzing, not using emotions or experience
8:06 polarized being in exactly opposite positions
8:33 Die, n****r, die! The N-word is a very strong and historically offensive word used for black Americans. White people should not use it.
9:11 hate crime a crime against another person because of who they are (classes include race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation/identity, handicap, etc.)
10:47 anecdotal told in stories
11:15 grassroots work work done by everyday community members (from the ground up, not from the top down)
11:27 egalitarian principle of people being equal
11:43 overt racists people who discriminate by race in public, without hiding it
12:04 low-bias whites white people who work to minimize their natural prejudices
12:55 implicit bias unconscious ways that we are prejudiced against people of other races (or other characteristics)
13:52 dispel pervasive biases remove, get rid of widespread prejudices
14:33 Calling All Colors LEDA’s racial awareness workshops in local middle and high schools

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