Know the Other

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For Starters
Other Sites and Organizations to Check Out
Matters Racial
Matters Gender
Economic Equality, Capitalism
Education, Workforce Development
Volunteering (Well), or Not

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For Starters

  • Short clip from Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story   -   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Novelist   (03:48 video)
              The full Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story   -   (19:17 video)         (p)

  • Huffington Post / Oprah: The Daring Racism Experiment That People Still Talk About 20 Years Later   -   (04:41 video)   Jane Elliott's blue eyes vs. brown eyes experiment, 1968.

  • Rev John Wallace Sermon on "Privilege"     (29:24 video, slides with audio as MP4)   December 10, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Rev Jim Gilchrist Presbytery Sermon     (audio 16:33)   February 8, 2018 Pittsburgh Presbytery Meeting   Reverend Gilchrist is the senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and was deliberately invited as a Caucasian pastor to preach by the Amos 5:24 Ministry Team during Black History Month.



    Other Sites and Organizations to Check Out

  • HELP Initiative Pittsburgh   -   (web site)

  • p4 Pittsburgh   -   People, Planet, Place, Performance   (web site)   -   Mayor William Peduto and Andre Heinz on P4, 2015   -   P4 Conference 2016

  • Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition   -   (web site)

  • URA - Urban Redevelopment Authority Of Pittsburgh   -   (web site)

  • Pittsburgh Presbytery: Ministry Teams   -   (web site)

  • Homewood Children's Village   -   (web site)

  • Pitt: Community Engagement Centers   -   (web site)

  • Homewood Children's Village   -   (web site) Our mission is to improve the lives of Homewood's children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.

  • Neighborhood Allies   -   (web site) Neighborhood Allies is a unique community development partner. We are part funder, lender, connector and consultant.

  • National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)   -   Columbia University in the City of New York.

  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG)   -   Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a coalition of leaders working for economic justice and equitable resources to revitalize the Pittsburgh region.

  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development   -   (web site)

  • PTS Metro-Urban Institute   -   Founded in 1991, MUI combines the theory and practice of collaborative community ministry into a program of urban theological education that prepares students for excellence in any context of ministry, but with particular attention to public realities affecting the urban environment. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.



    Matters Racial

  • P & G's "The Talk"   -   (video 02:08)

  • To those accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.   -   (image)   Pittsburgh Courier, January 21, 2018

  • Netflix: 13th   -   (video 1:40:00)   Directed by Ava DuVernay, mass incarceration       -   Ava DuVernay and Oprah   -   (video 36:00)

  • Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance, Mark Whitaker   -   ISBN-13: 978-1501122392, 432 pages   -   Brief NPR Interview

  • Pittsburgh Presbytery: Anti-Racism Transformation Team   -   (web page)   The Anti-Racism Transformation Team of the Pittsburgh Presbytery is a team that envisions an anti-racist Presbytery that practices Christ's teachings, creating and sustaining a culture of racial reconciliation and accountability to the communities the Presbytery serves.

  • Ted Talk: Why we need to end the War on Drugs   -   (video 17:26) Ethan Nadelmann. Mass incarceration...

  • If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say   -   (video 2:13) Funny. There's a number of these out there...

  • YouTube: How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist   -   (video 2:59) "What they did" vs. "What they are." Jay Smooth, Hip-Hop DJ / artist.

  • New Pittsburgh Courier   -   (website) The newspaper is named after the original Pittsburgh Courier (1907-65), which in the 1930s and 1940s was one of the largest and most influential African-American newspapers in the country, with a nationwide circulation of more than 350,000.

  • Little Rock Central:50 Years Later Clip   -   (video 05:54)   Clip from the HBO film by the Renaud Brothers, in which Minnijean Brown, one of the original Little Rock Nine, addresses a class of students who have made the mistake of self segregating themselves on the day of her visit.

  • Minijean Brown-Trickey on Hate Speech   -   (video 05:35)   "... profoundly, intentionally ignorant ...", about Jay Z...

  • WQED-TV Presents: A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story   -   (video 28:06) Pittsburgh Courier web site.

  • Immaculee Ilibaguza: Left To Tell (Learning To Forgive After Tragedy)   -   (video 8:31)   Survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when the Hutus (brutally) killed nearly one million Tutsis.

  • Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza   -   (Book, 215 pages, 978-0739474464)   Forgiveness- In the extreme. If you think it's hard, this book offers quite a perspective.

  • Be the Bridge   -   (web site)   We exist to be a credible witness for the Glory of God. OUR MISSION: INSPIRE the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division. The Church to be present and intentional towards racial reconciliation. EQUIP bridge builders towards towards fostering and developing vision, skills and heart for racial unity. BUILD partnerships with existing organizations who have heart for diversity, racial justice, restoration and reconciliation.   -   Facebook: Be The Bridge to Racial Unity

  • How the Irish Became White   -   (web page)   Art McDonald, Ph.D., Social Advocacy Directory at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church



    Matters Gender

  • Wikipedia: Discrimination against non-binary gender persons   -   (web page)

  • Wikipedia: Queer Theory   -   (web page)



    Economic Equality, Capitalism

  • YouTube: Income and Wealth Inequality: Crash Course Economics #17   -   (video 10:15)   The difference between wealth inequality and income inequality. They tend to correlate but are different things.   -   YouTube: Crash Course on Economics Series

  • Wealth Inequality in America   -   (video 06:23)   Has some excellent charts and graphics which may help you wrap you head around the numbers.

  • Netflix: Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism   -   (video 1:13:00)

  • Circles Pgh: Poverty Simulation   -   (web page)

  • Wealth of 400 Billionaires = Wealth of All 41 Million African-Americans   -   (brief web page)

  • The Reality Behind the Racial Wealth Gap Explained (Animated Video)   -   (video 01:30)   The gap is so large that it is difficult to wrap one's head around it.

  • Richer and Poorer: Accounting for inequality   -   (web page, New Yorker article)   Begins with a description and some metrics using the Gini index. Fairly detailed and lengthy.

  • Financial Samurai: The Average American Net Worth Is Huge!   -   (web page)

  • What Does Income Inequality Mean to Americans? - BBC News   -   (video 02:12)   BBC News YouTube channel.

  • Global Wealth Inequality   -   (video 03:50)

  • The Atlantic: Why I Am Not a Maker   -   (web page/article)   When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others. Debbie Chachra.     Gender issues in this space. Concludes with, 'A quote often attributed to Gloria Steinem says: "We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."'




  • Urban Wire : : Manufactured homes could ease the affordable housing crisis.   -   (web page)   Urban Institute

  • Urban Wire : : Where have all the small loans gone?   -   (web page)   Urban Institute: Mortgages of $50K or less are tough to get.

  • URA (publicly) owned properties in Homewood   -   (web site)   Will Hignett's sister's project?

  • ACTS Housing in Milwaukee   -   (web site)

  • Baltimore City's program to grow the city by 10,000 families   -   (web site)

  • Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region - Albany, NY

  • NEXTpittsburgh: City Design Section   -   (Website magazine)   NEXTpittsburgh is the must-read Pittsburgh publication about the people driving change in our city and the innovative and cool things happening here.

  • Post-Gazatte: Bethesda-Homewood units have new owner, new name   -   (newspaper article)   Joshua Pollard took ownership 03/09/2018.

  • How to build more affordable housing? Garfield is experimenting with ADUs.   -   (NEXT Pittsburgh article)   Call it a tiny home within a home. City planners call them "accessory dwelling units, or ADUs" a secondary residence smaller than 800 square feet in an owner-occupied primary residence or separate building such as a garage.

  • NACA - Funding Home-Ownership   -   (web page)   The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACA's primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership



    Education, Workforce Development

  • MAC - Manufacturing Assistance Center   -   A Pitt initiative, 7800 Susquehanna Street (web page)

  • Manufacturing Assistance Center brings new opportunities to Homewood and beyond   -   NEXTpittsburgh, May 2017 (web page)

  • Higher Achievement, Pittsburgh   -   (web page)   2 achievement centers serving over 100 5th, 6th and 7th graders from schools in Pittsburgh's Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods. Facebook: Higher Achievement Pittsburgh



    Volunteering (Well), or Not

  • Netflix: Poverty, Inc   -   (video 1:31:00)   Netflix documentary. Paternalism in Africa and Haiti.

  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, Steve Corbett   -   ISBN-13: 978-0802409980, 288 pages

  • Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton   -   ISBN-13: 978-0062076212, 208 pages

  • Doing Good . . . Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help, Connie Newton and Fran Early   -   ISBN-13: 978-1634137133, 178 pages, Two Harbors Press   -   Good read on volunteering. Recommend by Hunter Farrell, PTS.




  • There's a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won't Like It   -   (blog)

  • Dan Paul's Testimony   -   (video 05:47)

  • Westminster's YouTube Page

  • NetFlix: Letterman and Obama   -   (Netflix video 56:00)

  • 8 Centuries of Muslims in America (Part 1) - Documentary Film   -   (video 29:30)

  • The American Legislative Exchange Council   -   (web page)   America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.

  • Pennsylvania on Ballotpedia   -   Vote!

  • Ted Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong   -   (video 14:42) Johann Hari

  • Homewood Connections   -   (video 5:55) In this video, we hear from Dr. John Wallace, Dr. John Welch, and Bob Dilly about the value of partnerships between suburban and urban churches.

  • the Good Country   -   What's gone wrong with the world? Things seem to be getting worse all the time: climate change, terrorism, pandemics, migration, economic chaos... the list goes on. All these problems have grown too big and too complex for any individual nation to solve. But instead of collaborating, nations spend all their energy and resources competing against each other. This has to change if we want to make the world work. This is why the Good Country exists.

  • Diversion Program – Foundation of Hope   -   Started late 2017?

  • ______   -   (web page)   ______

  • YouTube: Getting Called Out: How to Apologize, chescaleigh   -   (video 8:36) Fun video of serious topic.



  • NEXTpittsburgh   -   (web site) -   Periodical of sorts... Our goal? To publish stories with impact, focused on the cool people, projects and places taking Pittsburgh to the next level as a place of equity, creativity and innovation.

  • Intersectionality   -   The term has been around since the late 1980's but intersectionality is a word that's new to many of us. It's used to refer to the complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect &emdash; especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups.

  • Westminster Presbyterian Recordings / Media   -   (sub page)

  • Pittsburgh-Roadmap-for-Inclusive-Innovation.pdf   -   (PDF 36 pages)   Technology






    This site is an experiment in collecting materials having to do with "privilege" and building connections with those we might not ordinarily have a chance to know - "the Other". While "race" is decidedly an aspect of this, it's my intent to look at some of the underlying issues in a much broader way. I welcome and encourage any suggestions as I build out this collection and look to provide some structure around it.

    I am a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and some of the content here naturally reflects that association. As a relatively new member, I am delighted with the energy being invested in this topic area. But, this site is not associated with Westminster Presbyterian Church at all.

    Drop me an email at , (Bob Dilly)     I'd love to hear your thoughts!                  


    Last Modified: 05/15/2018