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Anti-Racism Reading List July 2022
10 thought-provoking articles to read and share
Reading list time seems to come round pretty quickly sometimes. Here’s what has made me pay attention in the past month.
1. What is Freedom to a Black Woman on This Fourth of July? by Allison Gaines
On July 4th, I included Frederick Douglass’s famous speech about the holiday in my email. Allison Gaines feels much the same, and sets out why in this post.
Read more from Allison in this interview:
2. “We all have bias” by Dr. Ijeoma Nnodim Opara
When the well-intentioned white person or faux “DEI expert” comes with the “we all have bias”, inform them:
Yes, we all have biases.
But, those biases are not equal.
Becos we don’t all have power.
The power to translate that bias into an outcome for those without power.
— Dr. Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD, FAAP, FAIM (@innodim)
Jun 6, 2022
Something a bit different this time. This is a Twitter thread unpacking the fact that we all have biases. As the author points out, that may be true, but what we can do with those biases is very different.”
3. Unpacking the False Allyship of White Racial Justice Leaders by Anastasia Reesa Tomkin
This may be hard to read, but if you sit with it for a while, you’ll realize you know people this applies to. And the people this applies to can do a lot of harm, as Anastasia Reesa Tomkin points out:
4. The Unbearable Whiteness of Philanthropy in 2022 by Hvega201
I often say in this newsletter and elsewhere that it matters whose voices are heard and who is centered. This author makes the same point in relation to philanthropic organizations:
This one’s for all those who wonder what allyship is all about or could be about. Theresa pulls no punches, as usual, and delivers some valuable lessons in the process.
Hear more from Theresa here:
File this one under things to think about. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a lot of discussions with people leading to the conclusion that when you focus on undoing racism, you fix a LOT of other issues. This article suggests that Twilio’s Lybra Clemons also sees merit in that:
7. In Culture Facilitation: Keeping People Anchored by Chris Armstrong
I recently took a course with Chris and his partner Vince Brantley, and learned a heck of a lot about facilitating difficult conversations. This article distills some of their advice.
8. What Makes Me Proud To Be Black by Vena Moore
What I love most about this piece is the centering of Black pride and Black joy, something we don’t see often enough, in my opinion:
Hear more from Vena here:
Devon is another writer who puts it all out there. Here Devon unpacks white “fragility”.
Hear more from Devon here:
10. 9 Rubbish Racist Reasons A White Boss Gives To Fire A Black Employee by Rebecca Stevens A.
All I’m going to say is that practically every Black person I know (and a bunch of people who face isms) can relate to this, so I’ll let Rebecca’s words speak for themselves.
Hear more from Rebecca here:
I think you’ll agree that there’s plenty to chew on in this month’s roundup. What stands out most to you?
Thanks for reading,
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