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- Anti-Racism Reading List - 14 July 2021
Anti-Racism Reading List - 14 July 2021
12 powerful articles worth discussing and sharing
It’s been just over a month since the last anti-racism reading list. This time round, I’m broadening the selection to include a couple of articles that might not strictly be anti-racism, but certainly offer food for thought for those of us learning and growing in this space. Let’s dive in:
1. Think of It as Planting Seeds, Not Changing a Racist’s Mind by Clay Rivers
In this article, Clay Rivers, editor of Our Human Family, takes a long view on fighting racism, by sharing the story of how the interactions he had with someone he knew made that person start to question and educate himself about racism.
2. It’s Not About You. It Was Never About You. by Erik Deckers
Sticking with OHF, this is a useful article on decentering whiteness by Erik Deckers. It surfaces and dismantles all the common pushbacks, and is well worth your time.
3. To Dismantle Anti-Asian Racism, We Must Understand Its Roots by Lily Zheng
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Anti-Asianness in the US, this history of the Asian presence that country and the discrimination that followed is a must-read.
4. What White Allies Get Wrong About “Amplifying” Black Voices by Casira Copes
Want to be a good ally? It starts by recognizing that it’s not about what YOU want, but about what the person needs. Often, those aren’t the same things at all, as Casira Copes points out.
5. Can Companies Really Say They Don’t Hire Racists? by Rebecca Stevens Alder
We all know the corporate world needs to do better, and one way to fight racism is to screen out the racists, instead of blithely assuming you’ve already done the work:
6. Experiencing Racism is Worse Than Being Called a Racist (Believe it or not) by Jeanette C. Espinoza
I’ve seen this for myself, and it still mystifies me. As Jeanette C. Espinoza points out the consequences for Black and Brown people are much more severe. I love her “three ways to avoid being called a racist” at the end.
7. HR needs to think about equity, not equality by Shereen Daniels
If you’re not following Shereen Daniels on LinkedIn, her HR Rewired YouTube channel, or many of the other places she’s active, you should be. Here she talks about the importance of equity, and some of the pushback HR people get when they try to address issues in an equitable manner.
8. Being An Anti-Racist Requires Breaking Your Silence by Arturo Dominguez
We always say that it’s not enough to be not racist; you have to be explicitly anti-racist. Here, Arturo Dominguez issues a call to action to break the silence on racism.
9. How to be a good ally to Indigenous Australians by Rachel Rasker
As I was putting this collection together, this article popped up in one of my social media feeds. Since I believe that we have to fight racism EVERYWHERE it exists, I took the chance to learn from people within the Indigenous Australian community what THEY need from would-be allies. I hope this is helpful to you, too.
This is not an anti-racism article, but a statement about standing up against racism. I’ve been following this case closely, because it’s been pretty clear to Black and Brown people that, as always, Nikole Hannah-Jones was judged by a different standard than her white peers. For me, her decision to refuse the belatedly offered tenure and go where she was appreciated is a message to Black and Brown people everywhere that we don’t have to put up with this shoddy treatment. My favorite quote is below:
11. Use Your Words, Not Your Label-Maker by Holly Jahangiri
Holly Jahangiri is a smart human being and writer. Her piece on the ridiculousness of stereotypes and our reasons for discriminating against people really spoke to me. The bullet point list of "dislikes" is particularly enlightening.
12. Accusing Anti-Racism Activists of Hating Our Country Proves Critical Race Theory by Walter Rhein
I could write volumes - and probably will at some point - about how the ridiculous right keeps banning things they don’t understand. On the issue of critical race theory, Walter Rhein has done it for me:
Did any of these articles resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading,
© Sharon Hurley Hall, 2021. All Rights Reserved.
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