The Skin We're In

Posted May 18, 2021 3:31 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2021 2:48 p.m. EDT

The killing of George Floyd ignited a national and international movement for racial justice. It also sparked a renewed examination of how racism continues to permeate so many aspects of our society.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death, the new WRAL Documentary "The Skin We’re In" takes a look at racism through the personal stories of people of color who’ve experienced racial discrimination first hand.

Unlike Floyd’s murder and the other sensational stories that people see in the news, most of these stories involve people of color experiencing discrimination in just ordinary, everyday activities exposing just how prevalent racism continues to be.

In the documentary the people telling their own personal stories of racial discrimination also share their ideas about how the problem of racism can be solved in our society.

Project Implicit: Test your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics

Personal stories of implicit bias


Discriminate: to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit.

Implicit Bias: a prejudice that is present but not consciously held or recognized.
Example: "Research shows that the majority of people have an implicit bias that associates science and technology with gender, so from a very young age, girls are not encouraged to pursue these careers," she said.

Microagression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).
Example: A digital photo project run by a Fordham University student about "racial microaggressions" features minority students holding up signs with comments like "You're really pretty … for a dark-skin girl."

Prejudice: an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.

Racism: a belief that race is a fundamental determinate of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race​.

Stereotype: a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment.

*Definitions from Merriam-Webster dictionary


Psychology Today: Small and large steps you can take today to reduce racism

PBS: How to talk honestly with children about racism

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