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Glossary

Decentering Whiteness

Addressing the norms, practices, content, and ways of being that reflect the values and ideology associated with white culture which privilege white people and marginalize the cultures, experiences and perspectives of people of color. (66)

Decolonization

The active resistance against colonial powers, and the shifting of power towards acquisition of our own political, economic, educational, cultural, and psychic independence and power. This process occurs politically while also applying to personal and societal psychic, cultural, political, agricultural, and educational deconstruction of colonial oppression. Decolonization specifically requires the repatriation of Indigenous land and life. (40)(41)(42)

Discrimination

The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or gender identity. (19)

Diversity

The range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. (4)

Diverse stories

Stories that highlight a variety of perspectives on religion, race, sexual orientation, ability, and identity. (2)

DuVernay Test

Named for famed director Ava DuVernay this test measures a film’s diversity quotient. The criteria is as follows: 

(1) Are there two named characters of color?

(2) Do they have dialogue?

(3) Are they not romantically involved with one another?

(4) Do they have any dialogue that isn’t comforting or supporting a white character?

(5) Is one of them not magical?

Citations

2. Diversity - Browse

4. Diversity and Inclusion Definitions

19. Race/Color Discrimination

40. The Movement for Black Lives Glossary

41. Decolonization is not a metaphor

42. What Do We Mean When We Say Colonized? - BGD

66. Decentering Whiteness and Creating Inclusive and Equitable Conferences: A Tip Sheet

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