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Anti-Racism Reading List April 2023
10+ articles and resources to further your anti-racism learning and action
There’s lots to ponder in this month’s reading list roundup, so let’s dive right in:
Dana is one of my favourite anti-racism voices, who’s kept up the pressure for the past three years or more. Here, she reflects on what’s changed and what hasn’t in this turbulent and necessary period.
What Dana said, and you can see how I feel about it in Dear Person Who Misused “Woke”.
2. Why Do You Write About Racism? By Devon J Hall
Here, Devon J Hall drops some home truths in revealing why she continues to write about anti-racism. This quote is one example:
3. Et Tu, Ally? by Clay Rivers, Our Human Family
Ah, allyship - that problematic notion. Here, Our Human Family’s Clay Rivers examines what goes wrong and suggests what true allyship looks like:
4. The BBC’s Ableist and Racist Coverage of Prof. Jason Arday by Merlin Star
Here, Merlin Star dissects a BBC news report that - well, as the title says, is ableist and racist.
Many of us have seen and experienced the instant deflection when “race” enters the chat. It’s called “channel switching” and is harmful, as Robert Livingston explains:
The title of this piece stopped me cold, because it took me back to experiences I’ve had with poor seating in restaurants and being overlooked by white folx when I’m standing right in front of them. As the author points out, this isn’t a new phenomenon:
If you’re not already following Shereen Daniels, do it now. Her brand of truth-telling really resonates with me, and this piece about the real work of anti-racism in the workplace, is no exception:
8. “Missing White Woman Syndrome” - by Misasha Suzuki Graham (LinkedIn post)
I’ve often notied to myself how some stories of missing people get more coverage than others, and I’ve strongly suspected that had to do with skin color. Here Misasha Suzuki Graham calls it out:
P.S. Of course, I checked out the Pressworthy tool for myself, and I’d better not go missing, because there’s only be 7 stories about me.
9. CHOSSA: A Meta-Ethnicity Celebrating a Global Black and African Awareness by Laura M. Quainoo
I first heard the term CHOSSA quite recently, used by Jean-Lud Cadet on LinkedIn (thank you!). I immediately followed the link he shared, then found another article about the term. It’s a “meta-ethnicity”. It could add a useful nuance to discussions of anti-racism and history, don’t you think?
10. A Framework to help us Understand the World by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
I have to thank my friend Em for pointing me in the direction of this new mag. This article explores ideas around “racial capitalism”. I particularly like the fact that it sets out the ideas and leaves readers to make up their own minds about how this lands with them.
Bonus: The ABCs of DEI by Erin Corinne Johnson
Erin’s video was posted after a LOOOONG week in the DEI space, and brought some much needed clarity to the discussion. I also love that when she discovered that someone else had created a DIFFERENT ABCs od DEI, she went out of her way to amplify that person, and they supported each other. That’s how you do it. Watch the video below, and here’s the original post.
Finally, I’d like to share two resources that may be helpful. The first, available for free or a donation, is a colourful history of the Harlem Renaissance. And the second, a directory of Black and Global Majority change consultants maintained by Philip Mix.
Well, there was plenty to chew on in this roundup. What stood out to you? What action will you take as a result of what you’ve learned?
Thanks for reading,
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