What You Can Do
Looking for More Ways to Get Involved?
Host a Viewing Party
Watching the Shining a Light Concert with friends? Make the most of the evening and start your own conversation. Download our Viewing Guide for sample questions and tips.
Work with Students
Do you work with high school or college students? Download our Educator’s Guide for background information on the Special and suggested discussion questions.
Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and share your ideas using hashtag #ShiningALight
Visit the sites of Shining a Light Advisory Group member organizations to learn more about these issues.
Start a Conversation
Discuss issues of racial inequality, structural discrimination and implicit bias with your friends and colleagues. Below are some definitions to help guide these conversations.
Racial inequality results from discrimination and unequal treatment that occurs as the result of someone’s race, including disparity in opportunity for socioeconomic advancement.
Racism = Racial Prejudice + Power; Power – perceived or real – is the primary feature of racism.
Structural discrimination or structural racism are terms that define a series of processes, rules, and practices in society in which groups of people are denied opportunities and access to resources based on race. Some areas in which structural discrimination and racism have historically been factors: housing, employment, health care, and education.
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. (Kirwan Institute)