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Anti-Racism Reading List August 2022
10 thought-provoking articles to read and share
I’ve just passed the two-year mark on this newsletter. In that time, this reading list has proven to be one of the most popular features, so I’m going to keep it going. Let’s dive straight in to this month’s selection…
1. Why Visit Plantations If You Can’t Handle the Truth About Slavery? By Allison Gaines
I’ve talked recently about the harm done by people with an imperfect grasp of history. Here Allison Gaines makes the point about why this is problematic again:
As a long time freelancer and content creator, I am depressingly familiar with the theft of my intellectual property. This story highlights the issue generally, citing the case of an article by Dr. Carey Yazeed (though Dr Yazeed is far from the only one):
3. “Good and bad people” Dr. Michael K. Blanchard
This LinkedIn post asks some hard questions to give the devil’s advocates for enslavement something to think about:
4. 10 White-Centered “DEI Games” that Companies Play with Black Candidates and Employees by Theresa M. Robinson
Theresa does NOT play, and this article is no exception. It outlines multiple ways in which Black employees and candidates are excluded by their white peers. No lies detected.
5. How to Effectively Combat Unconscious Bias by Robert Livingston
While I believe unconscious bias is only unconscious till people act on it, the fact remains that it’s a common term for some of the internalized prejudices we don’t think about. In this article, Robert Livingston shares some strategies for fighting them. (I’ll have an interview with him in this newsletter during September.)
6. Whiteness is an invented concept that has been used as a tool of oppression by Meghan Tinsley
One of the things we have to do as anti-racists is understand how whiteness came to be and the harm that it still does. This article is a possible starting point, and includes links to several relevant sources. (Of course, you could also read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.)
7. Action Step #20. Audit Whiteness by LaTonya Davis
The Equity Source newsletter is a great place to find tips for taking action on DEI (rather than just talking about it.)
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this but I agree with Allison Gaines that an attempt to address the issue of white privilege is better than trying to ignore the issue. Time will tell if it results in change.
9. What It Looks Like to Build a Pro-Black Organization by Liz Derias and Kad Smith
After doing a course at CompassPoint, I was intrigued about what equity looked like in their organization. That’s when I found this article, which provides much food for thought:
10. DEI needs to be about more than written reports and empty promises by Shellene Drakes-Tull
I found this article because Kimberley John-Morgan, founder of the Salt Box community, was quoted. As always, she doesn’t mince her words:
Finally, I found this short film from 2020 Filmz, depicting an excerpt from "Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave", very moving.
I’d love to hear if you found anything particularly meaningful or had any insights from this month’s reading list.
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Thanks for reading,
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