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- Anti-Racism Reading List - 30/10/20
Anti-Racism Reading List - 30/10/20
Powerful articles worth sharing and discussing
It's time for another edition of the reading list. Hope this gives you some good stuff for your to be read pile.
First of all, Black LinkedIn is now a thing. People of all ethnicities have made the point that anti-racism is not a political issue, it's a human rights issue, and a professional issue. People invested in anti-racism have been speaking out, and the platform hasn't taken it well. If you want to catch up on how it's been going, check out this piece by Aaisha Joseph:
This is an in-depth article which showcases multiple examples of suppression of content by BIPOC and the failure to suppress trolls. And just in case, it's disappeared from LinkedIn by the time you read this (yes, that can happen), there's also a copy on Medium.
Jessica Pharm also points out the suppression issue on LinkedIn and elsewhere, urges us not to lose hope, and points out specific actions companies can take to stop the rot.
As many people have said recently, Black people are tired of waiting for a seat at the table. Sometimes we want our own table, and our own house. That's just what Janelle Benjamin has done by founding her own consultancy All Things Equitable. I've been following her on LinkedIn for a while, and recommend you do the same, if you aren't already. The quote below is from her launch post.
This article by Faith Ann was written some months ago, but I thought the perspective of a white woman whose partner is a Black man was valuable.
Elayne Fluker raises some important points about the stress Black women go through, particularly because of the "strong Black woman" trope. In other words, Black women need support too.
You know I love Marley K's writing, and this article is no exception. It's all about following up and containing the harm that racism does.
"The impact of racism can be literally life-altering. It can even lead to death, maiming, disfigurement, poverty, illiteracy, missed opportunities, and psychological issues in both victims and perpetrators."
Here's a bonus Marley K read that's worth your time: America Hates Equality.
Vena Moore tells the story of the pandemic within the pandemic, and explains why Black people are tired.
I hate to give the orange one any air time, but Adrienne Samuels Gibbs does an excellent takedown of one of his recent statements. I'm not going to ruin it, but here's a taster:
Well, that’s it for this edition. I look forward to your feedback on these articles.
Thanks for reading and supporting.
Until next time,
Sharon Hurley Hall