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Anti-Racism Reading List December 2022
10 enlightening articles worth discussing and sharing
It’s time for the last reading list of 2022. By the time you finish this, you’ll have had the chance to read 120+ perspectives on racism and anti-racism from different writers around the globe. Let’s dive in to this month’s selection.
1. What the U.S. can learn from Germany about grappling with dark parts of its history by Rachel Treisman
Whenever we talk about reckoning with the history of colonialism, genocide and racism, the comparison with how Germany deals with the Nazi history comes up. Here the author talks to Clint Smith, who reflects on the differences in how the US and Germany memorialise and reckon with their past. Though Germany took a while to do it, the country got there, and now there are reminders everywhere. There would have to be many more reminders in the USA, as this quote reveals:
2. Always Making Mistakes by Martha Pritchard Spear
This is a short read, but I included it because it illustrates how one person deals with the idea of allyship. Many avoid it because they’re afraid to mess up, but Spear says:
3. Allyship Requires Skin in the Game by Clay Rivers
Staying with the notion of allyship, Our Human Family editor Clay Rivers talks about the abandonment of allyship, which happens often, and shares why Global Majority people are sceptical about the notion as a result.
4. New Research Shows That Reparation Payments Could Increase Life Expectancy Of Black Americans by Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D
Ah, the R-word - reparations. So contentious, and yet so necessary. Here, Janice Gassam Asare delves into the research showing that reparations aren’t just morally right, they can lead to improved health. That’s a human case for making them, right?
5. Where Racism and Sexism Intersect by Robert Livingston
One of the best things I’ve done recently is subscribe to Robert Livingston’s newsletter. As a rule, I find his articles well-researched and thought-provoking. Here, he makes the case for intersectionality as a lens through which to consider disadvantages.
5. UK has never looked uglier and that’s why I’ll never stop talking about racism by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
This is the first of two articles dealing with “where are you really from” racism - let’s call it what it is. Like the author, I’ve found the attempts to justify the racism annoying, though unsurprising.
6. Ngozi Fulani’s real name is exactly what she says it is by Nadine White
Related to that, one of the criticisms levelled at the victim of the attack is that Ngozi Fulani isn’t even her real name. How dare they? You may have to sign up for free to read this one, but it’s worth it. This snippet says it all, really:
Marley K offers an alternative perspective on smart cities. While I’m a techie, I’ve also watched Terminator, and I’ve seen some of the current discussions about ethics and AI, so it’s worth checking out some of the potential down sides.
8. The “Double-Edged Sword” of Telling Black History in Film by Evan Nicole Brown
It’s back to representation, a question that keeps coming up in this newsletter and elsewhere. Is every representation about Black history and culture good, or does it do harm, or is there something in between. That’s the question the writer is grappling with in this article, quoting the Smithsonian’s Rhea Combs:
9. I Just Stopped Looking For Winter Boots Because Of Racism by Rebecca Stevens Alder
Shopping while Black has its ups and downs - and racism from sales assistants is one of the major downs, which happens far too often.
10. Why saying “Go back to your country” is actually pretty funny? By Your Native Friend
Here the author takes a look at the human history of migration - which is extensive - and also examines the ridiculousness of a common insult. These powerful words resonated with me:
Bonus: Do You Have a Reparations Fund by Ashani Mfuko
I absolutely love Ashani’s videos - this one is no exception. While government organisations SHOULD be doing stuff, we also have to take our wellbeing into our own hands.
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Thank you for being here this year. Enjoy the rest of the holidays, and I’ll see you in 2023!
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