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Anti-Racism Reading List February 2022
10+ powerful articles worth reading and sharing
Ready for this month’s reading list? It’s a varied collection - check it out!
1. 10 Phrases A White Person Should Never Say To A Black Person by Rebecca Stevens
Ever wondered what to say and what not to say, or how certain phrases land with regularly excluded people? One of my favorite writers, Rebecca Stevens, tackles the topic with 10 examples:
2. So, Being Armed Makes it OK for Police to Shoot You? By Tim Wise
In this exploration, Tim Wise does the math on police shootings - and something isn’t adding up. Check it out for yourself:
3. Should Black People Be Thankful for Slavery? One White Man Had a Lot to Say by Allison Gaines
The nonsense that trolls and bigots spout never ceases to amaze me, but I’m not at all surprised that many of them find support. Allison Gaines takes a look at this phenomenon in this article:
4. “Decolonization” in Global Health: A Letter to My White Colleagues (Part II) Heather Buesseler
Any time you look at the stats, you find that historically and regularly excluded people suffer when it comes to healthcare. We suffer from the start of the experience (in whether our health concerns are taken seriously) to the end (with higher mortality rates than our white counterparts for some conditions.) Check out the second part of Heather Buessler’s exploration here, and go back and check out the first part, too:
5. What Do You Call People Who Aren’t White? by Lily Zheng
A few weeks back, Lily Zheng published a LinkedIn poll looking at terminology for people who aren’t white. The results sparked this extended exploration of changes in terminology. You’ll need a bit of time to read this, but the education is worth it:
6. I Won’t Hide My Blackness Around White Friends by Vena Moore
This article by Vena Moore really spoke to me, as I’ve been in the position of trying to fit into spaces and not being my whole self. For me, as for Vena, those days are over, but when they were a regular feature of my existence, they weren’t comfortable at all.
7. 5 Tips for Booking Your Next Black History Month Speaker by Michelle Silverthorn
There’s not much to add to Michelle Silverthorn’s article. Hire Black speakers early, and pay us well:
8. I’m Black, But I Don’t Want To Be Your Head Of Diversity by Rebecca Stevens
If you look like me, you’ve probably been in the position of having to represent “the Black experience”, as if that’s a thing, in a white majority space. Other people who face isms no doubt experience this too. But we aren’t a monolith and our knowledge and experience is varied, as Rebecca Stevens points out:
9. What A Brown Hand Says About Ethnic Representations Online by N'Delamiko Bey
I’d completely missed this move by Slack, but it is important. What’s even more important is having Black Caribbean people able to find representations of themselves online. As N'Delamiko Bey points out, there’s still a long way to go.
10. Bemoaning the Performative White Centering of Black History Month by Sharon Hurley Hall
I’m rounding out this month’s reading list with one of my own articles, published on Linked Inclusion (join for free to read it in full). As we come to the end of Black History Month in the US, it seems a good time to look at what that really means. Sadly, in many cases, not that much:
Here’s something else you might find interesting (if you follow me on LinkedIn, you may have seen it already): I was interviewed by Kevin Maguire, founder and editor of The New Fatherhood, about raising anti-racist kids. You can read that interview here: When should you talk to your kids about race?
And as a final bonus, here’s a resource page from Pharaoh Bolding: Care about Black Lives, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Use it to support Black-owned businesses all year round.
Which of these pieces stood out to you? What lesson are you taking away for your own life or work? Please share below.
Hope you’ve enjoyed Black History Month. It will continue to be celebrated right here, all year round!
Thanks for reading,
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