Race and Racism

Since the election of Barack Obama, many people have been lured into thinking that we have moved into a post-racial society, but racism remains alive and well in the United States. As someone who has experienced both unearned privilege for being racially white, but who has also experienced discrimination for being Native American and for having a "black-sounding" name, Dr. DaShanne Stokes has a unique perspective on the state of racism in the United States. In his numerous published articles, media appearances, and university lectures, Dr. Stokes lays bare the unsettling truth about racism in the U.S., why it persists, and what we can do to be a force for change.

For journalist inquiries, or to inquire about booking Dr. Stokes for a television, radio, or other media program, please email media (at) dashannestokes (dot) com.



Articles About Race and Racism


The Huffington Post

Electoral College, Our Country Needs You

You Can't Support Trump Without Supporting His Racism

We Need to Talk About Being #NativeOnCampus

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

If My Black-Sounding Name Offends You, Please Don't Hire Me

Fighting Discrimination, Discovering Who We're Fighting For

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Discrimination

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sage, Sweetgrass, and the First Amendment


Graduate Culture

Indian Country Today Media Network

Anti-Indian Racism is Everywhere in America

Offensive Words Lead to Offensive Actions

Time for New Eagle Feather Law

R-Word Lies: Don't Confuse Free Speech With Hate Speech

A New Rallying Cry for the Red*kins

5 Studies That Prove Dan Snyder is Wrong About 'Redskins'

Time to Stop Playing Cowboys and Indians

Adoption Today

Discovering 'Who' in a Land of 'What'



Media Appearances About Race and Racism


Robert Gates Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy

This Show Is So Gay:
Fighting for Equality and Freedom on Multiple Fronts

June 4, 2015

The fight for equality and freedom is being fought on multiple fronts. In a decades-long controversy, the Boy Scouts of America continue kicking out some of their best and brightest for the "crime" of being lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Numerous people continue to support racist mascots and ethnic team names despite a growing body of research showing their detrimental effects. And many Native Americans continue to be denied their Constitutional right to religious freedom. DaShanne joined Dr. Ken Schneck, host of This Show Is So Gay, to discuss the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy, the Native American mascot controversy, the eagle feather law, and how now is the time for us to stand up, speak out, and fight for equality.

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Erasing the R Word From Our Lexicon

Uprising Radio, KPFK 90.7 FM:
Erasing the R-Word From Our Lexicon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heated controversy has surrounded the use of racial epithets like the N-word, but what about the R-word? Tune in as DaShanne speaks with Sonali Kolhatkar about the racist use of the R-word by the Washington football team.

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Dan Snyder and the Discriminatory Washington Football Team Name

The Beat of Sports, WYGM 740 AM:
Dan Snyder and the Discriminatory Washington Football Team Name

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Numerous politicians, civil rights leaders, and schools have spoken out against the continued use of a racial slur as the name of the Washington football team. DaShanne joined Marc Daniels to discuss Dan Snyder and his controversial team name.




Book Chapters and Quotes in Books


The Native American Mascot Controversy


Edited by C. Richard King. 2015. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

DaShanne's article, "5 Studies That Prove Dan Snyder is Wrong About 'Redskins'," originally published in Indian Country Today, was quoted extensively in C. Richard King's introduction (p. xii) to The Native American Mascot Controversy: A Handbook.




Edited by P. M. Lowentrout. 2001-2008. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

DaShanne's article, "Sage, Sweetgrass and the First Amendment," originally published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, was reprinted as a chapter featured in multiple volumes (2001: Pp. 61; 2002: Pp. 33; 2003: Pp. 28; 2004: Pp. 20; 2005: Pp. 40; 2006: Pp. 29; 2007: Pp. 72-73; 2008: Pp. 71-72) of this textbook published by California State University, Long Beach.



Edited by M. Moore. 2006. New York, NY: Thunders Mouth Press.

DaShanne's article, "Sage, Sweetgrass and the First Amendment," originally published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, was mentioned on page 76 of Laura Donaldson's book chapter, "Speaking Out: Religious Rights and Imprisoned American Indian Women." This chapter appears in MariJo Moore's book, Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: An Anthology of the American Indian Holocast.



Quotes About Race and Racism


"Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you."
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"What matters most is not 'what' you are, but 'who' you are."
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"Racism hurts everyone, including racists themselves."
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"Racism is dead only to those who've closed their eyes and ears to the whole world around them."
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"Discrimination is discrimination, even when people claim it's 'tradition.' "
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"People often call fighting racism being 'PC' when they don't want to confront their own prejudice."
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"Racist legacy laws and modern racist practices are all part of the same system, and it needs to be changed now."
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"Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against."
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"Reducing a group to a slur or stereotype reduces us all."
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"People often call fighting discrimination being "PC" because they don't want their own unearned privileges challenged."
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"Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words?"
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