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- Anti-Racism Reading List - 15 December 2021
Anti-Racism Reading List - 15 December 2021
10+ powerful articles worth discussing and sharing
It’s that time again - time for a roundup of some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across related to racism, anti-racism, and diversity. If you’re new around here, here’s where you can catch up on past reading list posts. If you’ve been here for a while, it’s time to dive in!
1. The Ways We Value People by Sherry Kappel
I always enjoy reading Our Human Family Weekly, as it has such a wonderful range of perspectives, and operates from a place of love. This editorial examined notions of friendship and allyship, and this quote particularly struck me:
I include this story because it’s something I didn’t know, and it’s a cautionary tale about how technology can easily escape the intention of its creator. The article also makes this telling point:
3. “Allies & All Lies”: A 5-Part Series by Theresa M. Robinson
In this article, originally published as a series on LinkedIn, Theresa M. Robinson questions the notion of allyship, and highlights some of the performativity that’s happened:
This is an issue every active anti-racist I know has experienced, which is why it stood out to me. Luckie gets right to the heart of the issue in the following quote:
Bonus: I started collecting some of the evidence of LinkedIn censorship in the following article, and have been talking to several people about how we tackle this. I can see this being a huge issue in 2022.
Read The Ongoing Evidence that LinkedIn is Censoring Black Creators, and feel free to comment with your own evidence of suppression.
5. Honouring Myself: A Liberated Love Note by Kimberley John-Morgan
In this article, Kimberley John-Morgan has a message for all those who have failed to take action on their learning:
6. 5 Key Points For Delivering Race Equality That You Cannot Afford To Ignore by Carmen Morris
As we move towards 2022, performative diversity initiatives are out, and starting from a base of acknowledging the work that has to be done is in, says Carmen Morris.
What I love about this article is not just that it made me think, but that it provides practical tips on bringing a lens of intersectionality to generational research. And, as the quote below shows, this has practical benefits:
8. What is ‘racial lighting’ – and why is it so damaging for POC? by Rachelle Carrié
Rachelle Carrié explores what racial gaslighting is and how it affects people of color.
9. The Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Puts Us All On Notice by Marley K.
If you’re subscribed to this newsletter, I’m going to assume you know why Black people were upset about the verdict. In this article, Marley K pulls no punches, spelling out exactly what this means for white would-be allies, including this call to action:
10. Here's Why We're Tired of White Folks Playing Dumb About Racism by Allison Gaines
It’s been 400 years - how much longer must it take for white people to not just learn about racism, but DO something about it, asks Allison Gaines.
Did any of these articles particularly resonate with you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment thread.
Thanks for reading,
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