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We invite you to read this sampling of the many studies and articles that discredit and oppose the Un-Fair Campaign’s views.

For more information, please visit our News/Blog page for a current series called “Debunking the Un-Fair Campaign’s Myths” that exposes the flaws and biases in the information presented on the UC’s website.

Video Response to Un-Fair Campaign spreads virally throughout the Internet.

From Twin Cities News Talk radio, Late Debate show hosts Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse teamed up with filmmaker Michael Wilson to produce this video response to the Un-Fair Campaign. (So far it has received over 35,000 views, and 375 “likes” vs. 87 “dislikes” on youtube.com.)


A similar anti-racism campaign’s attempts to focus on white privilege fail in Edmonton, Canada. Plus, studies suggest that such campaigns actually increase bias rather than reduce it. 

Canada: Controversial anti-racism campaign toned down. (Published in Toronto Sun.) “Following a maelstrom of complaints, the contentious material contained in a city-sponsored anti-racism campaign has been pulled. ‘It just sent the wrong message,’ said John Reilly, a diversity and inclusion consultant with the city.’ The Racism-Free Edmonton campaign was meant to be focused on identifying and resolving institutional barriers faced by aboriginal people and other racial groups in Edmonton. But some wording on its website, racismfreeedmonton.ca, drew heated criticism. The site called on caucasians to recognize their ‘white privilege.’”

Study: Anti-racism campaigns increase bias. (Published in the Montreal Gazette and Psychological Science magazine.) “Teaching the benefits of tolerance, as opposed to trying to shame people for their prejudices, can be more effective in reducing racism, suggests a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. Aggressive anti-racism campaigns might actually increase bias toward other groups.”

Dutch Study: Anti-Racism Instruction in Schools Increases Discrimination. (Daily Mail – April 2013) “Children who are given anti-racism lessons in school are more likely to be intolerant outside the classroom, a major study found yesterday. It said accusing white pupils of racism causes animosity, and discussing sensitive ethnic concerns such as honour killings paints minority group children in a bad light. But it found that ‘when more attention in class is being paid to the multicultural society, the liberalising effect of positive contact in class on youngsters’ xenophobic attitude decreases’. Patricia Morgan, an author on the family and education, said yesterday: ‘If you rub children’s noses in their supposed racism, they resent it.”

When dire warnings backfire. (By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D. From Psychology Today blog.) The researchers hypothesized that telling people “bad things will happen to you” (tick, tock, a train will run you over) when they believe their world is just is tantamount to saying that they themselves are bad (since bad things happen to bad people)…. (The Antar Anti-Racism Campaign) is a good illustration of anti-racism messages that essentially say, “if you are racist, you are bad.” Could their effects be analogous to what Feinberg and Willer found (that people discredit the message)– particularly when coupled with messages of automatic, unconscious bias?”

The concept of white privilege and pervasive white stereotyping is flawed, harmful and damaging to efforts to end racism. All races wrongfully experience discrimination and stereotyping, and not just “from whites.”

Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege by James Webb, Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia. (Published in the Wall Street Journal.) “Contrary to assumptions in the law, white America is hardly a monolith. And the journey of white American cultures is so diverse (yes) that one strains to find the logic that could lump them together for the purpose of public policy.”

Racism against whites: The overlooked phenomenon. By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D., a social/personality psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley. (From Psychology Today.) “In so many of our conversations about diversity and overcoming prejudice, whites are too often seen as the source of the problem– the ones who don’t understand, the ones whose attitudes need to be changed, the blue-eyed devils with hate and ignorance in their hearts…The stereotype of all whites as racist is rampant, hurtful– and wrong.”

Cries of reverse discrimination build to a chorus. (Published in the Kansas City Star.) America, it seems, isn’t over race after all. Rather, now the race card is being dealt in every direction… From 1998 to 2008, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recorded a 45 percent rise in race-based discrimination claims filed by whites. (The agency shuns the term “reverse discrimination.”) Today, complaints from whites of racism make up 10.4 percent of all complaints to the agency, up from 8.5 percent in 1998.

U.S. Minorities do not trust each other. (AFP) “The three main minorities in the United States — blacks, Hispanics and Asians — have little trust for each other and hold prejudiced views about Americans of different ethnic origins to their own, a poll showed Wednesday (2007). Forty-four percent of Hispanics and 47 percent of Asians are “afraid of African-Americans because they are responsible for most of the crime,” the survey of 1,105 adults drawn from the three ethnic groups showed…The poll reaffirms that while race relations between ethnic groups and whites grab the headlines, there are also serious racial problems between minority groups in America,” said Sergio Bendixen, an expert on Hispanic and multilingual polling.”

Controversy surrounding White Privilege and Criticism of the Un-Fair Campaign continues.

“The Fairness Fraud” by Thomas Sowell. “To ask whether life is fair — either here and now, or at any time or place around the world, over the past several thousand years — is to ask a question whose answer is obvious. Life has seldom been within shouting distance of fair, in the sense of even approximately equal prospects of success.”

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mentality by Harry Owens, Jr. MD, MIM, CPE, FACPE, St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. “In today’s work arenas there seems to be a great deal of vacillation between operating/acting from scarcity or abundance in the way we approach problems, challenges, and people. With scarcity mentality there is an underlying belief in competition as the source of survival. This is linked closely with fear, which creates more scarcity, with a win-lose outlook…This perception leads to judging others, which leads to anger and attacking behavior. This, in turn, leads to destruction, scarcity, suffering, and back to fear and increased scarcity mentality.”

School Trip to a White Privilege Conference raises red flag for feds. (Published in Seattle Times.) “The school district did not indicate that it intended to send students to a White Privilege conference in documents outlining the plans for how the grant funds would be spent … If we determine that it is not an allowable expense, there are wide range of administrative actions we can take in response,” the statement reads.”

Georgia high school choruses reportedly too white to perform with Atlanta orchestra. From educationviews.org. “Two high school choruses will reportedly not perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this year because their groups are not racially-diverse enough. WSBTV.com reports that the Walton and Lassiter High School choruses in Cobb County will not get a chance to perform with Atlanta’s professional this fall as a result of the determination. ‘This year, the schools were informed by symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus,’ Cobb County Schools spokesman Jay Dillon told the website. Local residents told the website the decision reeked of discrimination.”

Critic’s view, published in Duluth News Tribune. “The Un-Fair Campaign against racism, launched last week in Duluth, is short-sighted and regressive — and alienating toward people it is trying to reach.”

Un-Fair is Un-Wise – White Privilege Campaign. By Sister Edith, The College of St. Scholastica. “Dialogue that brings about change is most likely to occur when people are undefended and open.  If a campaign causes discomfort immediately – as Mayor Ness predicts it will – it will be hard to get to that place of openness when the defensive barriers come down.  People do not open their minds or their hearts when they feel criticized, berated, or attacked.”

Progressive Privilege: Divide and Conquer by Race. By Marion Smith, The Foundry. “Modern day race-baiters are dividing Americans so that they can remake the United States according to their own ideology. Their efforts should be rebuffed at every occasion. We as Americans have come too far to give in now to a race-based philosophy of government.”

Our Recommendation for an anti-racism campaign in Duluth would be modeled after this evidence-based campaign in Australia: 

All Together Now: Erasing RacismOur vision is for an Australia that embraces cultural diversity and is free from racism. We seek to achieve this by creating innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing that is positive, provocative and courageous. (emphasis ours)