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Anti-Racism Reading List - 7 June 2021
12 powerful articles worth discussing and sharing
As always, I’ve been doing a lot of reading since the last reading list. As well as finishing “Caste”, I’ve been diving into articles shared via my LinkedIn, Twitter and Medium networks. The result is these 12 articles, which I hope you’ll find as enlightening as I did.
First up are three articles looking into diversity in business. Karen Brown looks at how policies affect Black employees, while Phil N. Molé examines the facts and statistics behind the lack of diversity in companies, with a special nod to the tech space. Then S Mitra Kalita looks at what companies should really be trying to achieve, beyond the targets.
1. The Fear Black Employees Carry by Karen Brown
2. Is Lack of Diversity at Work a “Pipeline Problem?” by Phil N. Molé
The next set of articles covers relationships (kinda sorta). Rebecca Stevens Alder covers what true friendship between Black and white people really looks like. Shanya Gray lets us empathize with the experiences of Black women (I, for one, felt seen), and Chelsea Connor unpacks the “angry Black woman” trope. And Jeanette C. Espinoza looks at the role of mothers in raising antiracist (or racist) children.
4. 5 Things That Can Make You A Great Friend To A Black Person by Rebecca Stevens Alder
5. 50 Ways I See — Really See — Black Women by Shanya Gray
6. It’s Time to Peel Back the Onion on Framing Black Women as Bullies by Chelsea Connor
7. End Racism By Raising Anti-Racist Children by Jeanette C. Espinoza
Finally, I think of this next set of articles as “how racism and anti-racism work”. First, there’s an insight into how police are trained to view Black people - it doesn’t make comfortable reading, just so you know.
Hannah L. Drake sounds a warning that attempting to ignore history won’t work out well. Her article is well-balanced by Allison Gaines’ well-researched exposition on critical race theory (even when you ban it, we still know what the enslavers did and how systemic racism works, ok?) Then Tim Wise urges would-be white allies to get past shame and guilt and really do the work.
8. Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop by Officer A Cab
10. White People’s Fear of Critical Race Theory is Based in Ignorance by Allison Gaines
11. White Shame Isn’t Helpful by Tim Wise
Finally, Julia E Hubbel reflects on a year of anti-racism, which I’m including because I know it’s a journey many of you have also taken (plus she’s pretty clued up).
12. What I’ve Learned About Race Since May by Julia E Hubbel
Which of these articles spoke to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts (and feel free to share this roundup).
Thanks for reading,
© Sharon Hurley Hall, 2021. All Rights Reserved.
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